Texas House OKs ‘lie and try’ gun bill prompted by mass shootings in El Paso and Midland-Odessa

Texas House OKs ‘lie and try’ gun bill prompted by mass shootings in El Paso and Midland-Odessa

A general view of the Texas Capitol during the 87th Texas legislature on Friday, May 7, 2021, in Austin. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News) AUSTIN — Lying to pass a gun-buyer background check would become a state crime in Texas, under a bill the House advanced late Thursday. The “lie and try” bill is one of several lawmakers filed in response to mass shootings in El Paso and Midland-Odessa that killed 30 people. But it’s one of the few gaining traction this legislative session, the first since the tragedies. “When I went to El Paso I promised that this would be the first bill I’d file and this is one I’m dedicated to passing,” said Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, who carried the bill in the House. “A lot of things are said in politics and a lot of promises are made in politics. I want to thank you for keeping this,” said Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso. While it’s already a federal offense to lie on the background check application, the crime is rarely prosecuted by federal officials, Geren said. The bill would let state prosecutors go after offenders, by making it a state jail felony to knowingly make a false statement for the purposes of passing a gun background check. It applies to people who can’t legally possess a firearm. “If the federal government is not going to prosecute this, the state of Texas should,” Geren said. The House voted 135-9 in favor of the legislation, […]

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