With the oncoming 2020 legislative sessions, Republican lawmakers have introduced various bills to expand the rights of gun owners in both chambers. The bills seek to remove restrictions on transportation or storage of firearms in various restricted places. One bill seeks to reduce the minimum age for obtaining a concealed carry license.
Republican Senator Bob Onder introduced Senate Bill 700 that will eliminate restrictions on carrying firearms in public transport. If the bill passes, law-abiding citizens will not face harassment, arrests, or denial of service on public transport and facilities leased by transportation services to the public. Citizens will also able to transport unloaded or non-functional firearms on public means.
Republican State Representative Hardy Billington introduced House Bill 1567 which will allow employees to keep firearms in their vehicles parked in their employers’ parking lot.
State Representative Dirk Deaton also introduced House Bill 1630 to lower the minimum age required for concealed carry permits to 18 years. Currently, the law requires the attainment of 21 years for a person to obtain a concealed carry permit.
Senator Eric Burlison introduced Senate Bill 663 which seeks to decriminalize possession of a gun in places of worship, election precinct including on the day of election, federal government buildings, or political offices. It also decriminalizes the carrying concealed firearm onto any building without the consent of the owner. In addition, the bill decriminalizes the storage of a weapon in a vehicle except in areas prohibited, as long as the firearm remains stored and is not brandished at any point.
While the republicans are keen on introducing these bills, the Democrats have also been working to introduce more gun control during the session. Many people expect the Republican bills to pass in the Republican-controlled legislature.
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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