Texas Range Protection Legislation on the House Floor Tuesday
Houston, Tx –-(Ammoland.com)- SB 766 by Texas Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) is being sponsored in the Texas House by State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs).
This necessary legislation is on the House calendar for Tuesday. Please send email and please call.
Explanation: Public policy in the State of Texas allows law-abiding, eligible citizens to obtain a concealed handgun license to carry a handgun for self-defense. Currently there are over 400,000 Texans with a license. Included in the DPS training course is the requirement to demonstrate proficiency on a shooting range.
Texas hunters also require access to close shooting ranges to maintain rifle and shotgun proficiency to ensure ethical and safe hunting practices.
Reasonable access to sport shooting ranges is absolutely necessary in order to maintain all firearms skills whether the skill is tied to self defense, hunting, competitive shooting, or general recreation.
In recent years, a disturbing trend has developed which serves to undermine safe and responsible gun ownership and use. Frivolous lawsuits are being filed against sport shooting ranges and their owners, often in an attempt to shut down a safe range so the land can be sold to developers. Lawsuits have been brought based on fraudulent claims alleging bullets leaving the range property often from many miles away.
Such suits are groundless but even a frivolous lawsuit threatens the existence and operation of these small businesses. The overwhelming cost and legal fees tied to a frivolous lawsuit are precisely why years ago the Texas Legislature passed legislation to protect firearm manufacturers and dealers. This same protection should be extended to safe shooting ranges.
These small businesses provide a community service and are often used by local law enforcement agencies.
SB 766 will go a long way toward protecting safe ranges while preserving the ability to present a legitimate claim in court against an unsafe range.
Contact Link for Texas House Members
At the very least contact your own state representative and urge that person to support SB 766 on Tuesday's calendar. Support shooting range protection in Texas!
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Keep the FaithSincerely, Alice Tripp
Texas State Rifle Association
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