Second Amendment Sanctuary Bill Approved by Texas House Committee

Second Amendment Sanctuary Bill Approved by Texas House Committee

After then-presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke proclaimed in 2019 , “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” dozens of counties across the State of Texas passed resolutions pledging to refuse the enforcement of any unconstitutional firearm restrictions. With the increased likelihood of stricter federal gun regulations coming into fruition under the Biden administration and a Democrat-controlled Congress, the idea of a “Second Amendment sanctuary” has been brought to the limelight in Texas again, this time at the state level. During a keynote discussion at a Texas Public Policy Foundation conference in January, Governor Greg Abbott said that he wanted to see Texas become a Second Amendment sanctuary “so that no government at any level can come and take your gun away from you.” At that point, several bills had already been filed in the mold of the “Texas Firearm Protection Act,” which Abbott helped draft in 2013 when it passed in the state House with 100 votes. That legislation was never considered in the Senate, but Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) introduced the bill again this year along with a few more variations by other lawmakers. Though Toth’s bill has not been heard in a House committee yet, the Senate companion in the form of Senate Bill (SB) 513 from Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) will be heard in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Thursday. But the pro-gun bill in the vein of a Second Amendment sanctuary that has gotten the most traction is House Bill (HB) 2622 from […]

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