FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/06/2013
Burkett and House Members Pass Legislation To Protect Second Amendment Rights
AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 6, 2013) . . . Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed on third reading a number of legislative measures designed to protect the Second Amendment rights of Texas citizens and to enhance provisions of the Concealed Handgun License law.
Representative Burkett expressed, "As an ardent gun rights supporter and a gun owner, I have always devoted special attention to any proposed modifications to Texas gun laws. The lawful possession of firearms is one of the fundamental rights granted to us as citizens of this great nation, and is crucial to protecting Texas families."
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of American citizens to keep and bear arms and the most important aspect of this amendment is that the federal government may not seize a citizen’s firearm without cause. Recently, however, the federal government has considered enacting measures that challenge this protection based on questionable constitutional grounds.
In response to the federal government’s actions, as well as desire to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners, the House passed the following bills today:
• The “Campus Carry Bill,” House Bill 972, by Rep. Allen Fletcher (Tomball) will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry on the premises of institutions of higher education that opt into the legislation. Representative Cindy Burkett (Sunnyvale), Vice Chair of the House Caucus, is a joint-author on this important piece of legislation. The goal of HB 972 is to provide students, faculty, and visitors on educational campuses the Second Amendment protections that may be necessary in life-threatening situations. This bill promotes the right of individuals to protect themselves, along with their fellow students and co- workers.
• The “Firearms Protection Act,” House Bill 1076, by Rep. Steve Toth (The Woodlands), seeks to proactively protect the Second Amendment rights of Texas citizens and the ability of our law enforcement officers to protect the public. The bill makes federal laws that restrict firearm ownership unenforceable within the state’s boundaries. Under House Bill 1076, any municipality, county, or special district trying to enforce a federal gun ban could face monetary holdings by the state and possible misdemeanor charges.
• House Bill 1314, by Rep. Brandon Creighton (The Woodlands), seeks to prevent the encroachment by the federal government on Second Amendment rights. The bill prevents the enforcement of federal laws that exceed the federal government’s constitutional authority by creating a new offense for the unlawful seizure of a firearm.
• House Bills 47 and 48 are measures authored by Rep. Dan Flynn (Van) that provide a more efficient and effective concealed handgun license and renewal process for law-abiding Texans.
• House Bill 1304 by Rep. Kenneth Sheets (Dallas) seeks to remedy any ambiguity surrounding the proper concealment of a handgun by providing a penalty for a license holder who intentionally displays a handgun.