Monday, February 09, 2009

TSRA Legislative Alert

From the Texas State Rifle Association:

Urgent **Campus Protection Act

(update) Senator Jeff Wentworth isworking on the Senate floor to sign on co-authors for this important self-defense legislation prior to the actual filing of his bill. This important legislation would allow faculty, staff, visitors, and adult students with concealed handgun licenses to carry on college and university property currently prohibited by state law such as into a classroom. This bill is about individual personal protection. A House version will be filed soon but for now, please call your Texas State Senator and urge them to sign-on and support Senator Wentworth's Campus Protection Legislation. Do it today!

Contact your state senator

I have it on good authority that this bill is very well written and deserving of our support. Ask your Senator to cosponsor Senator Wentworth's bill, let's get this ball rolling.

Texas House Bill HB 410 - We need your help!

HB 410 by State Rep. Carl Isett (R-Lubbock) which would eliminate the notification requirement and associated penalties for a CHL. Current law requires a CHL to display their license when they are in possession of their firearm when stopped by law enforcement. The first failure to display can result in a 90 day suspension and the penalty becomes more serious with subsequent infractions. There are no notification requirements or penalties for the legal possession of a handgun by persons without a concealed handgun license. Good bill~

Contact your state representative

Any bill that promotes a bit of freedom is a good bill.

Texas House Bill HB 267 - We need your help!

HB 267 by State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) as filed, harmonizes state and federal law and allows Texans to purchase shotguns and rifles in non-contiguous states. Current federal law allows interstate sales and transfer of such firearms, but out dated sections of the Penal Code limit Texas residents to purchasing of long guns in neighboring states, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. National Instant Check System has denied the purchase and transfer of such firearms to Texas residents based wholly on Texas state law.

Contact your state representative

To tell you the truth, I did not know that we Texans were limited as to where we could purchase a long arm. This is a bill deserving of our support.

And on the national level:

US House Resolution HR 45 - We need your help!

H.R. 45 in the U.S. House of Representatives

H.R. 45 sponsored by Chicago U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D of Illinois), also known as "Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act" is as hard-core and anti-gun as the name implies. It is wholly about the licensing and registration of law-abiding gun-owners and prohibiting many commonly owned firearms.

Essentially this is a reintroduction of H.R. 2666 filed by Rush in 2007, containing much of the same language. H.R. 2666 was co-sponsored by several well-known anti-gun U.S. House members, including President Obama's current chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

As of now, H.R. 45 has no co-sponsors and we want to keep it that way!

Please use this link to write your U.S House member.

A couple of folks have asked why I have not commented on HR 45. Basically because others have done such a good job of covering it that anything I had to say would be redundant. I am keeping an eye on this bill and if there is any evidence of movement, I will let you know. Now might be a good time to let your congress critter know that you very ardently oppose HR 45 and any legislation that may be similar to HR 45. Give 'em something to read while the 'stimulus package' is still in the Senate.

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