On Monday, April 29, the Texas House of Representatives will consider two NRA-supported measures: HB 3231 by Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) and HB 2363 by Rep. Cody Harris (R-Palestine). Please contact your State Representatives before noon on Monday and urge them to support these important bills!
House Bill 3231 protects Texas gun owners and firearm retailers by modernizing the state’s existing firearms preemption statutes to ensure more uniform treatment of firearms and ammunition across the state. It brings preemption provisions affecting counties into line with more extensive preemption language that currently applies to municipalities. And it ensures enforcement of these protections by providing adequate legal remedies by private individuals adversely impacted when a municipality or county violates Texas' preemption laws.
House Bill 2363 replaces the requirement that the minimum standards relating to safety and proper storage of firearms and ammunition in certain foster homes require those items to be stored separately in two different locked locations with a requirement for the minimum standards to allow those items to be stored together in the same locked location.
Senate Committee Approves Two NRA-Supported Measures This Week
On Thursday, April 25, the Senate State Affairs Committee reported out two NRA-backed measures: SB 117 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) and SB 535 by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels). Please begin contacting your State Senators and urging them to support these key measures!
Senate Bill 117 clarifies the definition of a “school activity” in the Penal Code so that it applies to activities taking place on the grounds of, or in buildings owned by and under the control of, a school or postsecondary educational institution. Without this important clarification, the statute could be interpreted to mean that any location where students are present outside of school grounds or school buildings (i.e., any field trip) could turn that location into a “school-sponsored activity” and trigger a firearm prohibition in the area.
Senate Bill 535 by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) strikes churches, synagogues, or other places of worship from the list of prohibited locations in the Penal Code, extending to these places the same right enjoyed by nearly all other controllers of private property in the state to decide whether to allow or prohibit LTC holders. Places of worship are not crime-free zones, as we sadly know in Texas. And current law, as written, only serves to confuse and potentially disarm law-abiding citizens.