This story has a happy ending for Second Amendment supporters. Hundreds of gun rights activists flock into the state capitol during the hearing of two Democratic-sponsored gun control bills. Legislative Bill 816 would allegedly reduce suicide rates by requiring suicide training for firearm holders. The second bill seeks to introduce the infamous “red flag” laws, also known as the Extreme Risk Protection Orders.
The large number of gun rights advocates, estimated to be over 400, outnumbered the few dozens of Moms Demand Action members present during the hearing. Brett Hendrix, a former marine testified while armed with an AR-15 rifle. The 28-year old was also wearing a military jacket and a camouflage helmet. Another gun-rights activist with a semi-automatic gun accompanied the former marine officer.
“I’m here because no rights in the Second Amendment need to be abridged,” The former marine declared.
Open carry is legal in the state Capitol while concealed carry is not. However, Democratic politicians led by Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha want to change the law and ban both. Sen. Adam Morfeld, a supporter of the red flag laws, claimed that he had received death threats.
The good news is that both bills failed, although the legislature will reconsider them during the next legislative session. Sen. John McCollister of Omaha, who introduced the suicide prevention bill, said he would sponsor an independent bill that would receive support in the legislature. However, that is unlikely to happen if it includes infringement of people’s rights to bear arms in favor of a policy that does not work.
Apart from the show of force by gun rights advocates, the second amendment sanctuary movement is beginning to take root in the state. Two counties have already adopted second amendment resolutions, and more are likely to follow.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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