HOUSE BILLS

BILL # AUTHOR SUMMARY OCT POSITION
HB 52 Reynolds Institutes mandatory NICS checks for private sales at gun shows. Exempts LTC holders and law enforcement. Requires gun show owners to have a licensed firearm dealer dedicated to running NICS on private sales. Imposes fines and criminal offenses. OPPOSE
HB 55 Swanson Allows school marshals to carry concealed handguns. SUPPORT
HB 112 Toth Prohibits State and Local governments from enforcing federal gun control laws that are stricter than State laws. SUPPORT
HB 118 Ortega Institutes Universal Background Checks on private sales. OPPOSE
HB 127 Ortega Bans the open carry of anything besides handguns. OPPOSE
HB 164 Meza Creates unconstitutional “red flag” laws. OPPOSE
HB 172 Meza Bans possession and transfer of modern sporting rifles (what gun haters call “assault weapons”). OPPOSE
HB 178 Meza Bans possession and transfer of magazines that hold over 10 rounds. OPPOSE
HB 185 Meza Creates mandatory gun storage law. OPPOSE
HB 196 Meza Abolishes the Castle Doctrine and requires Texan cowardice rather than self-defense against violent criminals and threats. OPPOSE
HB 201 Meza Repeals campus carry and makes innocent students less safe while protecting rapists and violent criminals. OPPOSE
HB 208 Meza Bans private manufacture of firearms from 80% lowers (bans “ghost guns”). OPPOSE
HB 210 Meza Creates an unconstitutional “red flag” law. OPPOSE
HB 213 Bernal Bans the carry (open or concealed) of anything besides handguns. OPPOSE
HB 218 Meza Bans private gun sales unless the buyer and seller subject themselves to an unconstitutional gun registration system. OPPOSE
HB 223 Meza Redundantly adds “violent misdemeanors” to the five-year ban on possessing a firearm. Current law already unconstitutionally bans possession for Class A misdemeanor convictions. OPPOSE
HB 227 Meza Requires notice to state law enforcement if a person fails a background check while trying to purchase a firearm. The NICS system is notoriously unreliable. OPPOSE
HB 229 Meza Requires law enforcement to enter protective orders into the statewide law enforcement information system maintained by DPS. Current law is three business days. This would unduly burden law enforcement agencies. OPPOSE
HB 231 Ortega Bans transfer of rifles, knives over 5”, and clubs to anyone under 18 years old and the transfer of modern sporting rifles (what gun haters call “assault rifles”) to anyone under 21. OPPOSE
HB 234 Ortega Bans the possession and transfer of magazines holding more than 10 rounds. OPPOSE
HB 235 Meza Expands the definition of what constitutes family violence that affects a person’s possession of a firearm. NEUTRAL
HB 236 Bernal Removes current 30.06/07 signage requirements, making it harder for gun owners to be notified of gun free zones and subjecting them to prosecution. OPPOSE
HB 238 Meza Abolishes state preemption of firearms laws and allows for a patchwork of gun laws passed by municipalities and counties. OPPOSE
HB 241 Ortega Bans possession or transfer of modern sporting rifles (what the gun haters call “assault rifles”). OPPOSE
HB 245 Bernal Institutes mandatory NICS checks for private sales at gun shows. Exempts LTC holders and law enforcement. Requires gun show owners to have a licensed firearm dealer dedicated to running NICS on private sales. Imposes fines and criminal offenses. OPPOSE
HB 276 Murr Extends special privileges to government officials like retired judges and prosecutors that regular citizens do not have. We do not support special privileges for government officials that the People do not enjoy. But, we also believe in expanding these rights to EVERYONE. NEUTRAL
HB 304 Springer Expands the number of places that an LTC holder may go, reduces gun free zones, and removes special privileges to carry held by some government officials that the People do not enjoy. SUPPORT
HB 328 Gervin-Hawkins Designates July as “Firearm Safety Awareness Month. This is nothing more than public and social indoctrination. It sounds like a great idea, but we know how it will be implemented – to attack gun rights. OPPOSE
HB 336 Cain Prohibits “red flag” laws within the State of Texas. SUPPORT
HB 340 Cain Limits the governor’s authority to control the sale and use of guns during a “state of emergency.” SUPPORT
HB 347 Geren Redundantly makes it a crime to provide a false or misleading statement made to acquire a firearm. This is already law. OPPOSE
HB 395 Moody Creates an unconstitutional “red flag” law to confiscate guns without due process. OPPOSE
HB 521 Fierro Creates a voluntary registry for individuals experiencing “mental illness” to waive their right to purchase or transfer a firearm. This is a trojan horse bill to gun confiscation. OPPOSE
HB 524 Rosenthal Exempts gun safes, gun lock boxes, trigger locks, and other items to ensure the safe handling or storage of firearms from sales taxes. SUPPORT
HB 530 Patterson Creates a special privilege for a person with an LTC serving as an election judge during early voting and on election day. If there is a threat allowing an election judge to carry, other licensed individuals should be trusted to carry. We do not support special privileges for government officials that the People do not enjoy. But, we also believe in expanding these rights to EVERYONE. NEUTRAL
HB 603 Meza Abolishes state reciprocity for handgun licenses issued in other states. This would also abolish the right of Texas LTC holders to carry in other states. OPPOSE
HB 606 Goodwin Creates a universal background system and bans private gun sales without one. OPPOSE
HB 629 White Limits the governor’s authority to control the sale and use of guns during a “state of emergency.” SUPPORT
HB 635 Krause Prohibits State and Local governments from enforcing federal gun control laws that are stricter than State laws. SUPPORT
HB 670 Martinez Redundantly makes it a crime to recklessly discharge a firearm. It is already a crime to recklessly discharge a firearm. OPPOSE
HB 693 Moody Removes an affirmative defense to prosecution of making a firearm accessible to a child if the child “was supervised by a person older than 18 years of age and was for hunting, sporting, or other lawful purpose.” Creates a felony offense if the child intentionally or unintentionally harms or kills another person. OPPOSE
HB 759 Harless Creates a Big Brother-style “student threat assessment” database similar to those created in Communist countries like China to track and monitor children. This bill if fraught with potential for corruption and partisan attacks. OPPOSE
HB 760 Goodwin Institutes mandatory NICS checks for private sales at gun shows. Exempts LTC holders and law enforcement. Requires gun show owners to have a licensed firearm dealer dedicated to running NICS on private sales. Imposes fines and criminal offenses. OPPOSE
HB 791 Goodwin Would ban display of a firearm while attending or within 500 feet of a public demonstration. OPPOSE
HB 799 Rosenthal Makes it a crime to carry a firearm while "intoxicated" despite the firearm ever being used for criminal purposes. Ties the definition of "intoxicated" to the DUI definition. OPPOSE
HB 821 White Removes unconstitutional restrictions to qualifying for an LTC. Anyone that can legally keep and possess a firearm can qualify for a license. SUPPORT
HB 854 Burns Reduces "unlawful carry" penalties at certain locations to a Class C misdemeanor. We do not support gun free zones anyway, so any movement in that direction is good. SUPPORT
HB 882 Hinojosa Creates a redundant law making it a crime to unlawfully transfer a firearm. We believe current laws should be enforced instead of just adding more laws that will result in charge stacking. OPPOSE
HB 883 Hinojosa Slightly different than previous bill. Creates a redundant law making it a crime to unlawfully transfer a firearm. We believe current laws should be enforced instead of just adding more laws that will result in charge stacking. OPPOSE
HB 909 Gervin-Hawkins Not content with ONE bill, Rep. Gervin-Hawkins filed ANOTHER bill identical to her previous one that designates July as “Firearm Safety Awareness Month. This is nothing more than public and social indoctrination. It sounds like a great idea, but we know how it will be implemented – to attack gun rights. OPPOSE
HB 915 Krause Exempts the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation. SUPPORT
HB 919 Leman Prohibits rules, orders, ordinances, or policies to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the statute, order, rule, or regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation, such as a capacity or size limitation, a registration requirement, or a background check, that does not exist under the laws of Texas. SUPPORT
HB 957 Oliverson Exempts intrastate sales of firearms suppressors from federal law. SUPPORT
HB 1039 Goodwin Requires the publication of suspended licenses to carry and requires FFLs to run all gun purchases against the list posted publicly. This bill violates due process and creates burdens on both FFLs and law enforcement. OPPOSE
HB 1040 Goodwin Creates additional hurdles to individuals ordered into chemical dependency treatment to regain their rights after successful completion of treatment. OPPOSE
HB 1069 Harris Allows first responders to carry while on duty. SUPPORT
HB 1238 Biedermann Constitutional Carry Bill. SUPPORT

SENATE BILLS

BILL # AUTHOR SUMMARY OCT POSITION
SB 60 Zaffirini Creates a sales and use tax exemption for firearm safety devices and educational materials. SUPPORT
SB 84 Miles Creates an unconstitutional “red flag” law to confiscate guns without due process. OPPOSE
SB 110 West Creates an unconstitutional “red flag” law to confiscate guns without due process. OPPOSE
SB 158 Perry Waives fees for LTC renewals and duplicates for school marshals. We do not support special privileges for government officials that the People do not enjoy. But, we also believe in expanding these rights to EVERYONE. NEUTRAL
SB 162 Blanco Redundantly makes it a crime to provide a false or misleading statement made to acquire a firearm. This is already law. OPPOSE
SB 163 Blanco Institutes mandatory NICS checks for private sales at gun shows. Exempts LTC holders and law enforcement. Requires gun show owners to have a licensed firearm dealer dedicated to running NICS on private sales. Imposes fines and criminal offenses. OPPOSE
SB 164 Blanco While we support the required notice to defendants offering pleas of guilty or nolo contender of the consequences to their gun rights of such a plea, we cannot support the unconstitutional expansion of gun control in this bill. It makes it a crime for a “felon” to “acquire” (replacing the word purchase). We do not support the blanket and unconstitutional ban on felons in possession of a firearm due to the constantly increasing number of nonviolent crimes the government is making a “felony.” OPPOSE
SB 168 Blanco Mandates “active shooter drills” in schools. The data is clear that school shootings are an incredibly rare occurrence, and these drills only serve to further scare our school age children and engineer them to fear firearms. OPPOSE
SB 242 Eckhardt Creates universal background checks. OPPOSE
SB 283 Alvarado Creates an unconstitutional "red flag" law. OPPOSE
SB 311 Eckhardt Would ban display of a firearm while attending or within 500 feet of a public demonstration. OPPOSE
SB 313 Huffman Creates a sales and use tax exemption for firearm safety devices and educational materials. SUPPORT
SB 499 Kolkhorst Nullifies any federal gun control laws that are more strict than Texas gun laws. SUPPORT
SB 513 Hall Makes Texas a 2A Sanctuary State. SUPPORT
SB 514 Hall Abolishes dangerous gun free school zones for license holders and prohibits school districts from creating policies to disarm license holders, including employees. SUPPORT
SB 540 Springer/Buckingham Removes the requirement for law abiding Texans to obtain a license to carry a handgun to exercise their natural right to self-defense. SUPPORT
SB 541 Springer Prohibits government agencies/employees from enforcing federal statutes, orders, rules, or regulations regulating a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the statute, order, rule, or regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation, such as a capacity or size limitation or a registration requirement, that does not exist under Texas laws. SUPPORT
SB 542 Springer Exempts firearms manufactured in Texas from federal firearms laws provided they weren't made with parts from other states. SUPPORT
SB 543 Springer Exempts suppressors manufactured in Texas from federal firearms laws provided they weren't made with parts from other states. SUPPORT
SB 544 Springer Adds arson and attempted arson as reason to use justifiable force. SUPPORT
SB 545 Springer Allows Texans who are protected under a restraining or protective order to carry a firearm openly or concealed without a license. SUPPORT
SB 546 Springer Narrows the definition of what constitutes the "premises" of a school activity or polling place to prohibit blanket prohibitions at multi-use facilities. SUPPORT
SB 547 Springer Prohibits the governor from regulating or restricting firearms and ammunition during a supposed "emergency" declaration. SUPPORT
SB 548 Springer Prohibits red flag laws from being implemented in Texas. SUPPORT
SB 549 Springer Raises percentage of alcohol sales from 51% to 60% at businesses where firearms are banned. SUPPORT
SB 550 Springer Removes "belt or shoulder" from holster requirements for open carry, alleviating confusion and misunderstandings of the law. SUPPORT
SJR 24 Hall Constitutional amendment to remove requirement to get a license to carry. Constitutional Carry by amendment! STRONGLY SUPPORT

OCT President CJ Grisham testifies before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security to get open carry passed in 2015.

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