Lawmaker says gun-toting Texans should have firearms training

Lawmaker says gun-toting Texans should have firearms training

One lawmaker who represents North Texas says Texans who strap on the iron should have firearms training. A new law expected to take effect Sept. 1 does not require Texans to have training before carrying guns. The law it will replace requires completion of firearms classes before a person can carry a gun either concealed or in the open. Area law enforcement agencies have expressed concern that the training provisions are eliminated in the pending new law. State Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, agrees that knowledge of how to properly use firearms is important. “I think gun rights and allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves is a hugely important issue. I do think we need to focus on training,” he said. “There’s a lot of different ways to do training and learn how to use guns responsibly. I think the vast majority of people do," Frank said. Frank co-sponsored the so-called "Constitutional Carry" legislation in the Texas House. State Sen. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, whose district covers much of North Texas, was a co-sponsor of the Constitutional Carry measure in the state Senate. “Standing up for the Second Amendment has always been one of my top priorities,” Springer said early in the legislative session when he introduced a spate of bills pertaining to firearms. “Time and time again we’ve seen the federal government try to overregulate the firearms industry and overstep the Tenth Amendment, which we know harms law abiding citizens," he said. More: Texas gun carry law change brings […]

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