House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee Hearing.
Houston, Tx --(Ammoland.com)- Dear TSRA Members, Family and Friends:
This Thursday, March 14th 2013, several important pieces of legislation will be considered in House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.
A word of thanks to House Committee Chairman Joe Pickett (D-El Paso). Campus Carry and Open Carry are being heard earlier in committee this session than in previous ones, always a good sign for gun-owners.
Bills on the list to be heard in HSPS Committee include:
HB 972 by Rep. Allen Fletcher (R-Tomball) contains language hammered-out over two previous sessions and during one interim study by the Legislature. It would allow adult students, faculty and staff with a concealed handgun license the option of carrying during their day to day activities including while on campus. Two other bills, HB 1077 and HB 1078 filed by Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), work toward this end and all are supported by TSRA. These three bills must move through the committee process.
Another pro-gun bill of special interest to Texans is HB 700 by Rep. George Lavender (R-Texarkana) to allow those with a concealed handgun license the option of open carry. A major concern has been for a resurgence of PC 30.06 postings on private property targeting those who carry openly but impacting all with a license. This is being addressed by a committee substitute which would create a PC 30.07 sign restricting only licensed open carry. Texas is following Oklahoma’s passage of licensed open carry. The Mississippi Legislature is in the final stages toward passing “unlicensed open carry”.
Note: Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee meets at 8:00 a.m. in E2.010. It is the intention of the chair to hear bills other than those listed above between 8 and 10 a.m. and then adjourn for floor session. Those listed above and several others are expected to be heard when the committee reconvenes. Those wishing to attend should be concerned about parking and understand bills are not always heard in order of posting. This committee hearing may be monitored online at Texas Legislature On Lines.
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Committees often Vote on issues the following week!
Please contact all the members of Homeland Security and Public Safety by phone or by email. Please be polite and respectful and urge them to support a quick bill passage. Urge the vote “for” our bills and request “reporting” be done promptly. These are the next two stages toward bill passage.
Thanks to New and Renewing Members!
New members and membership upgrades keep pouring in. TSRA’s small office staff is working to add to and update our databases and generally process membership applications.
Thanks your contributions to the TSRA Political Action Committee (PAC). These funds are used during the election cycle to support pro-gun candidates and incumbents at the state level. All contributions and disbursements must be reported to the Texas Ethics Commission.
Keep the Faith and Thanks for Your Help!Sincerely, Alice Tripp Legislative DirectorTexas State Rifle Association
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