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Texas House passes 12 firearms bills on 'gun day'

The Texas House approved a batch of bills Saturday to further soften gun laws that were already among the country's most firearms-friendly, allowing college students to carry handguns in class, putting potentially armed marshals in public schools and exempting the state from any future federal bans on assault rifles, high-capacity magazines or universal background checks.

Dubbed "gun day" by supporters and opponents alike, the parade of votes came as tens of thousands of members of the National Rifle Association attended the group's annual convention in Houston. Gov. Rick Perry welcomed convention attendees Friday with a video of him taking target practice using a semi-automatic rifle.

The 12 approved gun bills must all clear final, procedural votes before heading to the state Senate. Still, they advanced with only minimal delay, cruising past Democrat-led efforts to block or stall them. Nearly all were approved by simple voice votes.

A Democratic parliamentary point of order managed to shoot down just one, a bill by Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, that would have allowed the use of a concealed handgun license as valid proof of personal identification — even though obtaining such licenses requires a background check that's not necessary to get driver licenses and many other forms of ID.

The fiercest debate in the Republican-controlled chamber came over the plan to allow students over 21 who already hold concealed weapons permits to take their handguns into college classrooms. The issue became exceedingly volatile during the last legislative session in 2011, and ultimately failed.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/04/texas-p...



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All 12 of these amendments are watered down. They suck.

There is no respect by Texas law enforcement, ZERO, for the words "shall not be infringed".

Gun laws are way more lose here in Indiana, I can open carry here and legally conceal on any college campus.

Texas has an undeserved / under-deserved reputation for firearms freedom.

I have handgun licenses in both Indiana and Texas but I would be arrested in Texas if I carried my guns openly there the way I do here in Indiana.

I lived it Texas 17 years and it is very much a police state down there.

People always associate firearms freedom with Texas...

but Arizona has the least restrictive firearms laws in the country.

No permit is needed for open or concealed carry in Arizona.

No waiting periods.

Unrestricted private sale(as long as the buyer is an Arizona resident aged 18 or older).

State preemption against local gun regulations.

Texas has some catching up to do, but at least it's not California or New York.

Check out the Laissez-Faire Journal at LFJournal.com


"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

Thanks, DeMolay!

Texas is looking better and better all the time! (Now if they will nullify Obama care, we will be seriously looking at a move)

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

What good is a locked gun?

This idea of "marshals" is a good idea, but why tie it up with inanity like the title of "marshal" and worse, require locking the guns?

Staff and teachers and parents with CC permits should be allowed to take their guns anywhere including schools.

I don't mean to diminish, though, these important victories for liberty. Wish this was happening all over the country, not just in Texas.

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

~Well come on down~

Maybe if Dr. Paul talks 2 Rick a little more (Rick listened about the fed ?) This could be the Republic of Texas again , Oh snap, we never ceded anything , so I guess we are The Republic of Texas! President Paul? That kinda has a ring 2 it!

~Viva La Tejas~

While not perfect, every once in a while I'm very proud 2 b from Texas!!! LONG LIVE THE RON PAUL R3VOLUTION!!!

Por Tejas!

We must push harder! We must get rid of the police state in Texas!

I like their stance on

I like their stance on personal protections and firearms, but frankly I'd never do business with a Texas based business again. Their state laws make doing business a huge risk for any party outside Texas.

Elaborate please....

...I'm working on something....

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Cheesey doesn't know what

Cheesey doesn't know what he's talking about. The Texas Homestead Laws do protect individuals. They do NOT protect businesses.

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"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

I do know what I'm talking

I do know what I'm talking about. It's relatively easy for a larcenous Texas "business person" to drain their company of assets and pay relatives and children under a myriad of unsavory schemes, including pouring financial gains into home, cars and hidden investments with no record of their purchase. Its not difficult for a Texas resident to use their business to defraud residents of other states. It appears it is you who is blissfully unaware of this fact, redneck. Your entire legal network in Texas is a web to ensnare outsiders. To hell with the lot of them.

As you have clearly held in

As you have clearly held in your rebuttal, Texas Homestead Laws apply to individuals, not businesses.

How do you suggest that a business can be used to defraud residents of other states, as opposed to defrauding residents of Texas?

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"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

The core issue is the

The core issue is the Homestead Act. It enables crooks to defraud others and walk away scot free. I know what I'm talking about. The criminal uses the law's protections to funnel money out of their business into those personal assets that cannot be touched. It is completely backward and validates thievery.

So if my kid leaves his skate

So if my kid leaves his skate board on the sidewalk, and someone sees it...and they try to DEFRAUD me out of my home by PRETENDING to trip on it...

And LLC can be used to do the same thing.

The only personal asset that cannot be touched, under protection of Texas Homestead, is the home. Personal assets, other than the HOME, are not covered. (ok, some material assets are covered to a max of $60,000 for a family, $30,000 individual...)

If a suit is won against a Texas resident, the home is protected. But a lien can be put against the home, and if the home is EVER sold then collection can be made from the proceeds of the sale.

A Texas businessman who visits an attorney about asset protection is going to be told to form an LLC or Corporation, he will NOT be told, "don't worry about it, Homestead Laws will cover you".

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"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

Your car, your house, and a

Your car, your house, and a lot of the house's contents are "protected". It's a sham!

What if a visitor to your house is legitimately injured or assaulted by you (for whatever theoretical reason)? You should be protected while the person wronged is left hanging? Why should you be shielded from liability? What happened to personal responsibility? The whole thing is a crock that has led to Texas becoming a snake pit for fraudsters and liars.

Also, your statement, "If a suit is won against a Texas resident, the home is protected. But a lien can be put against the home, and if the home is EVER sold then collection can be made from the proceeds of the sale."

Oh, really... So the wronged party might wait for decades before any monies could be recovered (and if the homeowner claims bankruptcy, the bank would get preference over the homeowner)...

You come from the position of a person who hasn't been exposed to the depth and breadth of the whole scam.

Their state laws are so

Their state laws are so tilted in favor of the Texas resident that it is hopeless for any attempts to recover damages. Even In cases of fraud or theft. Just one recent high-profile example: Even though Lance Armstrong clearly defrauded his advertisers and investors (and admitted lying about his doping for a long time), it will be impossible for any of them to recover Armstrong's ill-gotten gains thanks to their homestead act. Homestead laws are a form of social welfare that enables fraudulent behavior without consequences.

If a person is a criminal miscreant, Texas is the place to set up shop.

Lance Armstrong has a net

Lance Armstrong has a net worth of ~$125 Million. He recently sold his homestead and bought another one, valued at $4.34 million.

3.5% of Armstrong's net worth, at most, is protected as result of Texas Homestead Law. Yet you claim that it will be impossible for petitioners to collect anything from Armstrong because of Texas Homestead Law? $121 Million of his net worth is not protected by Texas law...

Attorney's rarely fill suits in which there is no expectation of victory...MANY attorneys have filled suit against Armstrong.

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"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

Are you an attorney? I say

Are you an attorney? I say his sponsors will get exactly nothing out of him thanks to Texas' laws.

Maybe you should try

Maybe you should try California. They have all kinds of laws to protect people. They protect you from bullets, from pollution, from poverty, and yes they protect you in doing business with your neighbor. You can live life there totally protected from any dangers of life...or so many seem to think. You don't have any worries such as looking out for yourself, you got the Government in California. Big Daddy, my Father who art in Congress...

Maybe New York, where the government will even protect you from drinking too much soda...

Certainly you won't find Credit Card companies incorporating in Texas, they prefer areas with much more 'protection", benefit, from government than is found here in Texas.

Or do you just want to choose the protections that YOU see as beneficial?

I think the idea of gun ownership ties in with SELF defense, BTW.

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"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

God bless

Texas

At least we have one state that understands...

the importance of the 2nd amendment.

I know if our country continues to move in the direction it has in the last 5 years, there will be one safe haven for true Americans.

Texas will lead the secession if it comes to that.

Good in one aspect does not

Good in one aspect does not mean good in all aspects. Texas laws are lousy in many other ways (see my comments above).

I hope

America is watching.

"Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!"- Homer Simpson

I

I might add LISTEN and LEARN too.