Groups in gun debate make plea to Gov. Abbott on safe storage program

Groups in gun debate make plea to Gov. Abbott on safe storage program

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Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AUSTIN (KXAN) — Groups on different sides of the gun debate are making a plea to Governor Greg Abbott, who now holds the fate of $1 million in state funding for a gun safe storage program in his hands. Governor Abbott has until June 16 to sign or veto bills or line-item veto measures in the state budget. Members of Lone Star Gun Rights and Texas Gun Rights are urging Abbott to veto the line. Texas Gun Sense and a bipartisan group of lawmakers — who wrote the budget — hope he doesn’t. According to the budget’s accompanying documents, the Department of Public Safety will be funded $1 million over the next two years to "establish and promote a statewide safe gun storage campaign." The campaign must begin by September 1, 2020, and may include online and printed materials, public service announcements, and advertisements through the media. "The public awareness campaign may not convey a message that it is unlawful under state law to keep or store a firearm that is loaded or that is readily accessible for self-defense," state budget-writing staff wrote. The Republican-led legislature overwhelmingly approved the two-year state budget in late May on the second to last day of their 140-day legislative session. After the school shooting in Santa Fe, Governor Abbott rolled out a lengthy list of policy proposals on how to address school shootings and mental […]

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