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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Texas House passes legislation to protect Second Amendment rights

Pasadena Citizen News - 5/7/2013

AUSTIN – On Monday (May 6) the Texas House of Representatives passed a series of bills designed to protect the 2nd Amendment rights of Texas citizens. State Representative Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) co-authored each bill that passed.

The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of American citizens to keep and bear arms and prevents the federal government from seizing firearms from law-abiding citizens without cause. Recently, however, the federal government has considered enacting measures that challenge this protection based on questionable constitutional grounds.

“As a strong defender of the U.S. Constitution and our individual freedoms, I am proud to have co-authored several bills that protect the 2nd Amendment rights of Texas citizens,” said Smith. “As the federal government continues to discuss measures that could infringe upon the 2nd Amendment, the Texas legislature is fighting back on behalf of law-abiding Texans.”

The Texas House of Representatives passed the following 2nd Amendment bills today:

House Bill 1076 seeks to proactively protect the 2nd 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.

House Bill 1314 seeks to prevent the encroachment by the federal government on 2nd 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 Bill 972 will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry on the premises of public institutions of higher education. The goal of HB 972 is to provide students, faculty, and visitors on educational campuses the 2nd Amendment protections that may be necessary in life-threatening situations. The bill includes an “opt-out” provision that allows schools to reject participation.

House Bill 1304 seeks to remedy any ambiguity surrounding the proper concealment of a handgun by protecting a license holder from being penalized for accidentally displaying a handgun.

Representative Wayne Smith represents Texas House District 128, including Baytown, Deer Park, La Porte, Crosby, Highlands, Morgan's Point and a portion of Pasadena.

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