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Friday
Jun072013

Contact Governor Rick Perry to Advance Second Amendment Rights

The Texas Legislature adjourned its regular session on Memorial Day after passing fifteen pro-Second Amendment measures, and was immediately called back into special session by Governor Rick Perry to address the drawing of district lines in which federal and state lawmakers will run for re-election next year.  The Governor can add issue items to the agenda (known as “the call”) as the special session progresses.  It is important that you contact his office and urge him to place the following unfinished pro-Second Amendment business on the call:

• Allowing law-abiding adults with Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs) to legally protect themselves in buildings and facilities on college and university campuses.  Senate Bill 9 and House Bill 19 have already been filed on this topic in the special session.

• Imposing penalties on state agencies, cities and counties which improperly post 30.06 signs prohibiting CHLs from public property that is not off-limits to them under the state’s carry law.  Senate Bill 16 has already been filed on this topic in the special session.

Information on how to call and send an e-mail to Governor Perry can be found here.

Please also contact your state Senator and Representative, and urge them to work to address these two items during the special session.  Contact information can be found here for your state Senator and here for your state Representative.

The campus personal protection bill, House Bill 972 sponsored by Representative Allen Fletcher (R-Cypress) and Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), passed in the House and out of Senate committee this year, but Senate Democrats blocked it from coming to the Senate floor for a vote.  Under Senate rules in place during the regular session, a 2/3 vote was necessary to bring any measure up for debate in that legislative chamber - and Democrats control 12 out of 31 seats there.  However, rules can change in the special session, where only a majority vote could be necessary to consider and pass measures that are placed on the call.

For three sessions in a row, opponents of campus carry have used legislative process hurdles and procedural rules unique to Texas to prevent a final vote from taking place on campus personal protection legislation.  During that time, there have been four high-profile shooting and stabbing incidents on or in the immediate vicinity of the campuses of the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University-College Station and two branches of the Lone Star College System. 

The time for action is now!  Even if you are a CHL who never goes onto a college campus, you need to get involved in this fight to remove unnecessary and arbitrary restrictions on where trained and licensed individuals can protect themselves in Texas.

“Those who deny me the freedom to carry a firearm with which to protect my family and myself, are as complicit and guilty as the perpetrator should we be harmed or murdered by an act of violence.”

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