Bishop Mark J. Seitz, other religious leaders oppose bill that would ease carrying of guns

Bishop Mark J. Seitz, other religious leaders oppose bill that would ease carrying of guns

Bishop Mark J. Seitz referenced the El Paso Walmart shooting in 2019 in his opposition to H.B. 1927 on Wednesday during a news conference. The state House legislation would eliminate the requirement for Texas residents to get a license to carry handguns if they are not already prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm. Seitz joined several bishops and faith leaders in Texas, along with the Network of Texas IAF Organizations, in opposing the legislation headed to the state Senate. The network is a nonpartisan coalition of 10 primarily faith-based organizations. The group is calling on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to protect Texans by rejecting the state House attempts to take away training and license-to-carry requirements for gun owners. Seitz, who is from Wisconsin, said he came from a family where gun ownership and hunting were part of his upbringing. However, he is concerned about gun owners having proper training. "Our country has always agreed that there should be some limits on the disbursement of weapons and their presence in public places," he said. "On Aug. 3, 2019, a 21-year-old with an assault weapon went into a Walmart in El Paso and began shooting people. "When he was finished several minutes later, 23 people were mortally wounded and another 25 were seriously hurt. I’m from El Paso, but we’re not looking for some idealized notion of the Wild Wild West," he said. "A major problem we have in society is that guns are seen as a […]

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