Competing Second Amendment Sanctuary Bills Approved by Texas House, Senate

Competing Second Amendment Sanctuary Bills Approved by Texas House, Senate

Both chambers of the state legislature have passed bills that would effectively turn Texas into a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” where state and local officials would be prohibited from enforcing future federal firearm regulations that are not laws in Texas. The bills are not identical, though, so the state House or Senate will need to pass the other chamber’s bill in order to fulfill Gov. Greg Abbott’s call to send such a policy to his desk . Abbott himself has come out in favor of the House version, House Bill (HB 2622), titled the “Second Amendment Sanctuary State Act.” The bill, authored by Rep. Justin Holland (R-Rockwall), was approved by the House State Affairs Committee in early April and was approved by the whole lower chamber in an 89 to 56 vote on Thursday. It needs one more formal vote before it will be sent to the Senate. “Politicians from the federal level to the local level have shouted, ‘Heck yes, the government is coming to get your guns,’” tweeted Abbott. “Not in TX. TX MUST be a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State — [HB 2622] would make that happen.” In the form approved by the House, HB 2622 would only prohibit the state or local enforcement of a gun registry, a license requirement for firearm possession, background checks for private transfers, and any firearm confiscation or mandatory “buyback” programs. Meanwhile, the Senate voted out a different bill along party lines on Wednesday. Titled the “Texas Firearm Protection Act,” Sen. Bob […]

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