Thursday, January 31, 2013

Texas Up In Arms Over New Gun Legislation

A historically conservative, Republican state, Texas is full of Second Amendment supporters that have begun bearing arms with the recent Obama administration push for stricter gun control across the nation.   

On January 16, 2013, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, President Obama announced a plan that would implement “mandatory background checks for all gun purchases, including private sales; reinstate a ban on some assault-style weapons; ban high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds; and crackdown on illicit weapons trafficking.” 

Texas legislators, particularly Republicans, have responded loudly to this announcement in a variety of ways with the approaching legislative meeting this spring. Texas State Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, plans to file the "Firearms Protection Act" that would “would make any federal laws that may be passed by Congress or imposed by Presidential order which would ban or restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms or limit the size of gun magazines illegal in the state” with beliefs that these new gun control policies utterly violate American Constitutional rights. Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, along with 13 other co-authors filed Senate Bill 182 that addresses concealed handguns on campuses of higher education. Another bill filed by Texas legislators is the “Second Amendment Preservation Act”. 

Organizations such as the National Rifle Association-Institute of Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) have also become, as expected, large players in this controversial legislative time. Over the next few months, gun regulatory laws are certain to be a hot topic of conversation at both the state and national level.

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Ashton Theiss
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Topic: Texas Gun Legislation 

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