VanDeaver talks gun rights, responsibilities | Broadband service, electric service and election integrity also touched-on topics

VanDeaver talks gun rights, responsibilities | Broadband service, electric service and election integrity also touched-on topics

Gary VanDeaver Texas House Rep. Gary VanDeaver hosted an online town hall meeting Thursday evening where he highlighted issues from the just-completed state legislative session, as well as topics of interest like gun rights, local broadband service and more. Around 20-25 people participated in the ZOOM call where VanDeaver, who represents Texas House District 1, addressed recent House and Senate bills and went over some of the information from a survey that was sent out to community members before the meeting regarding various issues. VanDeaver reviewed bills related to gun rights in Texas, including bills for constitutional carry, gun suppressors and extending the "Castle Doctrine" into hotel rooms. He also went over feedback from the survey in response to the question, "Should new gun owners take a firearms safety course, even if it is not required?" The results of that survey were 88.2% said yes and 11.% said no. VanDeaver split both sides with his response, saying he is pro-Second Amendment, but also acknowledging the need for gun safety. He compared the responsibility of using a gun to that of driving a car, suggesting that training and safety is needed for both. "Just because a law doesn’t require it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not needed — especially for new gun owners," VanDeaver said of firearm safety courses. "Certainly, it is a huge responsibility to handle a firearm, regardless of where you stand on Second Amendment rights." VanDeaver spoke about the state’s response to the winter storm and making sure […]

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