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Texas Faces Record Number Of Gun Control Bills — One Would Destroy Their Stand-Your-Ground Law

We reported earlier this year when New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg announced that he and his anti-gun organizations would be putting millions of dollars into the election in Texas.  Well, he wants a return on his investment and it seems that Texas Democrats are determined to give it to him.

There have been over two dozen gun control bills filed in Austin ahead of the legislative session that opens on January 12th.

One of the worst of these was filed by Irving, TX State Representative Terry Meza.  Rep. Meza filed House Bill 196, which aims to repeal large portions of Texas’s current Stand-Your-Ground law.

The Worst Anti-Gun Bill In A Long Time

First, the bill’s text includes language that would require Texans to retreat in the face of a violent criminal.

Gun owners have seen this ‘duty to retreat’ language used in court to vilify a gun owner simply because they didn’t didn’t take enough footsteps away from a violent attacker before using their gun to defend themselves.

Second, HB 196 also limits the application of Stand-Your-Ground law to the gun owner’s home, car, or business.

For Texans, the footage of Jack Wilson sitting in church on a Sunday morning and being forced to use his handgun against a violent attacker — outside of his own property — to save the lives of dozens of people in his church is a fresh memory.  This new wording would do away with Jack Wilson’s legal right to defend himself in that situation.

Thirdly, HB 196 would not allow Texans to use deadly force to stop an aggravated robbery.

When asked why a robber with a gun shouldn’t be met with a gun, Meza commented that homeowners are too eager to pull the trigger when facing armed home invaders.   “I’m not condoning stealing, it is against the law,” Meza says, “but it’s not an offense that is punishable by death.”

She went on to say that her bill would allow homeowners to defend themselves from a ‘aggravated robbery’ situation –– just not with guns! 

Well that’s a comfort!  We’ll just make sure we have our tactical rolling pins and military surplus baseball bats beside the bed, instead!

Texans, Your Gun Rights Are On The Chopping Block

Representative Meza isn’t the only lunatic in the Texas legislature.

Thanks to Bloomberg and a massive influx of non-native Texans moving from liberal states like California, Massachusetts and others, the state is looking at more gun control bills than ever before in history.

Some of them include:

  • HB 152 and HB 245 banning the private sale of firearms at gun shows;

  • HB 238 repealing the state’s firearm preemption, leading to a patchwork of local gun control laws;

  • HB 201 prohibits Campus Carry making universities sitting ducks for mass shooters;

  • HB 127 bans the open carry of long guns;

  • HB 236 would overhaul the 30.06 and 30.07 signage making it easier for businesses to ban the licensed carry of firearms;

  • HB 118 prohibits the transfer of firearms between family members by requiring the transferee to obtain an FFL and pay a fee.

  • HB 164 and HB 395 would enact Red Flag laws in Texas, allowing the confiscation of a person’s firearm without due process;

  • HB 185 is a gun storage law that forces firearm owners to keep their weapons locked away and inaccessible during emergencies;

  • HB 231 raises the minimum age of purchasing semi-automatic rifles and shotguns to 21;

  • HB 172 and HB 241 are “assault weapons” bans, prohibiting the ownership or transfer of “commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms”;

  • HB 178 and HB 234 are “high capacity” magazine bans prohibiting ownership, sale, or transfer of magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

The Lone Star State Is Under Attack

Texas has long held the reputation of being tough, rugged, gun-loving, quintessential Americans. But unlike gun owners in other red states that have been targeted by Mike Bloomberg, they had better not take their gun rights for granted.
This is the time to be putting immense pressure on elected legislators, reminding them that Texans’ gun rights are  not negotiable!

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