Some Texas gun rights groups oppose a state-funded gun storage safety campaign. But not the NRA.

Some Texas gun rights groups oppose a state-funded gun storage safety campaign. But not the NRA.

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Rifles on display at McBride’s Gun Inc. in Austin. After several of their priority bills failed to gain traction, some gun rights advocates said House and Senate leadership failed them. Now they’re calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a line item in the state budget they say would add insult to an injurious legislative session. But that same line in the state’s $251 billion budget is being viewed differently by other firearms enthusiasts. While some smaller, homegrown groups view the item — $1 million for a public awareness campaign to promote responsible gun storage among firearms owners — as an affront to the Second Amendment, the National Rifle Association says it is unopposed to, though not thrilled by, the public awareness campaign. Their attention now turns to what Abbott does during the period when he can veto line items in the budget. Abbott touted the need to promote safe gun storage as part of his school safety proposals in the aftermath of the May 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School that left 10 people dead and 13 wounded . And with a June 16 deadline to make vetoes, the governor is in a delicate position of trying not to alienate Texas gun-rights activists, while advancing a net of school safety reforms that the Legislature passed. Texas budget writers authorized the $1 million for the Department of Public Safety to promote gun storage so long as it does “not convey a message that it is unlawful under state […]

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