Today in the Texas Legislature–Gun Laws

With 15 gun-related bills discussed in the Texas House, today was a big day for guns in the Lonestar State.

These are a few of the bills that passed the House:

  • HB 972, which pertains to firearms on college campuses (I wrote about it here).
  • HB 47 & HB 48, which reduce the training requirement for concealed handgun licenses (CHLs) from 10-15 hours to 6 hours, and eliminate training for CHL renewals.
  • HB 1009 which creates a new category of school law enforcement officers called school marshals who may serve as armed guards in K-12 schools after completing a training. The bill stipulates that if working in a classroom or around children, the school marshal’s weapon must be locked away but within the marshal’s reach.
  • HB 1076, also known as the “Firearm Protection Act,”  is intended to prevent any Texas law from being used by the federal government to violate the 2nd amendment. This bill might be a violation of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, so it’s probably going to cost Texas a lot of money to defend. Read a press release about HB 1076 here.

Want more?

You can follow all these bills and more at OpenStates.org. The Dallas Morning News’ Trail Blazer Blog has an article about these bills here, and there’s an editorial about them in the Star-Telegram here.

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