Texas: Two Gun Control Bills Hit Committee Next Week

Michael Bloomberg This Has Nothing to Do with Gun Control
Michael Bloomberg This Has Nothing to Do with Gun Control
Texas State Rifle Association
Texas State Rifle Association

Texas-(Ammoland.com)- Next week, two gun control measures will be heard in Texas House and Senate committees. Both are patterned after legislation that New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and the anti-gun organizations he funds have aggressively pushed on the state and national levels.

On Monday, March 20, at 2:00pm or upon adjournment of the House in Room E2.014 of the State Capitol, the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hear House Bill 866 legislation sponsored by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) and patterned after California gun laws.

HB 866 would allow any family member or household member, prosecuting attorney or peace officer to petition for a lethal violence protective order against an individual based on allegations that the person has engaged or is engaging in behavior that the petitioners subjectively deem to be dangerous. Individuals against whom such orders are issued could be forced by the courts, without a hearing, to surrender any personally-owned firearms to a law enforcement agency.

Texas already has strong protective order laws in place and procedures by which peace officers can dispossess dangerous individuals of firearms which – unlike HB 866 -contain important due process protections before someone is denied their Second Amendment rights.

Please contact the members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and urge them to oppose HB 866.

On Tuesday, March 21, at 1:30pm or upon adjournment of the Senate in Room E1.016, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee will hear Senate Bill 221,sponsored by Sen. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio), legislation prohibiting the transfer of a firearm to a person one knows to be listed in the terrorist screening database maintained by the FBI. It is unclear how this would work, since licensed firearms dealers cannot access the list, nor can private individuals who are selling or transferring firearms. Persons may be added to the watchlist without being charged or convicted of any crimes, and those on the list are never notified if, how, or why they are on it.

There is no process in place to have your name removed from the list, and mistaken identities are common. In every other case in which a person is deprived of their Second Amendment liberties, they are afforded a judicial proceeding. Due process of the law must be followed before depriving anyone of their constitutional rights. SB221 Bill Analysis

Please contact members of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and urge them to oppose SB 221.

Also next week, priority legislation addressing the high fees for Licenses to Carry (LTCs) will be considered by both Senate and House committees. The fee, one of the highest in the country, has been in statute for over 20 years and never reviewed.

SB 16, sponsored by Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), will be considered by Senate State Affairs on Monday.

HB 300 sponsored by Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford), will be before the House Homeland Security & Public Safety on Tuesday. We will report back to you on the outcome of these committee meetings as lawmakers work on these important bills!

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12 thoughts on “Texas: Two Gun Control Bills Hit Committee Next Week

  1. What is the point beside creating a foot hold? Solution to HB866 – Castle doctrine extends to cars and boats, LTC holders are everywhere. Solution to SB221 – WTF are you thinking Menendez? You don’t even have access to the list so what makes you think anyone else would? More to the point, I’m sure the FBI will do what you, a measly little state level politician, wants them to do. Most definitely a couple more dumbass dems have reared their faces. Probably would not be able to have done any of this without Bloomberg. Take your jacked up politics to NY or CA and leave us the hell alone.

  2. Texas is a conservative state that just passed open carry laws last legislative session. There are well in excess of 1,000,000 licensed to carry individuals who happen to be a large voting block in the state. The legislature is controlled by conservatives and the state has a very conservative governor who pushed for gun rights. Guns are a part of Texas life and culture. You can bet your bottom dollar that Governor Abbott will veto any bill that is passed by the legislature…if it ever passes a vote on the house and senate floors. There’s a greater chance of a snow ball surviving in hell than this gun control measure has a chance of getting anywhere. It ain’t gonna happen.

    And Texans dislike New York folks like Bloomberg who try to exert their will in the Texas. He should have learned during the last presidential election where he contributed millions and still got his a$$ waxed. Yankee Bloomberg, crawl back into your hole in the ground.

  3. Do not underestimate the effectiveness of the methods being used by the ‘Bloomies and Mommies’ They have been using this approach successfully in numerous states ever since they realized their national level campaigns were not having the result they wanted.

    They were successful with the New York State “SAFE Act” effort; they were successful in Connecticut; they were successful in Colorado, Washington State, and recently in Nevada. There were a couple of states where they were not successful because the local state-based pro-gun groups were fast enough to react and able to mobilize a strong enough counter effort to offset the Bloomberg established, trained, and experienced cadre of permanent organizers.

    Their efforts behoove all state level pro-gun groups to organize a ‘counter’- effort with an established leadership and county/area groups that can be mobilized (including grass roots level personnel) with appropriate literature, petitions, call centers, etc. as soon as the ‘Bloomies/Mommies’ make an appearance in their state.

    Waiting until the ‘Bloomies’ show up, has proven to be a recipe for disaster – talk to the groups that lost the battle in the states mentioned above.

    If they show up in the liberal centers of your state (college campuses, liberal population areas, etc.) with their petition drives and ‘get-out-the-vote’ efforts, fight back immediately!! Do not let them get an uncontested foothold in your turf! These are carpetbaggers – they bring their whole dog-and-pony-show, backed by Bloomberg’s millions – for one purpose, and one purpose only – to mobilize all the low information/liberal voters they can, to overwhelm the apathetic conservative voters who are not even aware the war is on.

  4. No person shall have their rights abridged except by due process.
    The law shall apply to all persons; rich or poor.
    No person shall participate in any manner, directly or indirectly, in the politics of a state in which they are not a resident.

  5. Guns are not dangerous
    Billionaires who think they know what is good for us are
    BAN rich people from having ANY input on ANY subject that affects civilians PERIOD
    OR
    we will accept what they are proposing but they must forfeit their wealth

    EAT SH*T BLOOMF*CK

  6. Bloomberg is why 2A people struggle with others who want gun control. Bloomberg isnt logical but he pursues it with the same tenacity and vengeance that made him wealthy. We dont understand the hate and control these people have for others and we are perplexed by people when they do this. Most firearms owners I know arent haters, they work, they try to follow the rules and are not sure what to do with these people and subsequent laws.

    1. “subjectively” deem to be dangerous? That word is the open door to make anyone subjected to another persons possible unfounded gun bias or fear so that they can harass lawful, peaceful gun owners.??? That reminds me of the scam the antis were doing not too long ago of “swat teaming” gun owners when ever they would see anyone with a gun or just think they had one. Lawsuits, I think, finally put a stop to that crap.

  7. SEGURAMENTE,EL ÚNICO SOBRE QUIEN NO PESARÁN LOS CONTROLES CUANDO SE TENGA QUE DEFENDER,SERÁ ESTE SEÑOR BLOOMBERG,QUE CON EQUIVOCADA PUNTERÍA SIENTE AVERSIÓN
    CONTRA LAS ARMAS DE FUEGO,PERO NO CONTRA CUALQUIER OTRO TIPO DE ARMAS,QUE PUEDA
    EMPUÑAR EL HOMBRE,QUE ES QUIEN DEBE SER CONTROLADO.UN ASESINO PUEDE MATAR HASTA
    CON UN AUTO,DE HECHO LO HEMOS VISTO EN ACCIONES DE TERRORISTAS

    1. SAFELY, THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL NOT WEAR THE CONTROLS WHEN YOU HAVE TO DEFEND, IT WILL BE THIS LORD BLOOMBERG, THAT WITH A WRONG POINT YOU FEEL AFFECTION
      AGAINST FIREARMS, BUT NOT AGAINST ANY OTHER WEAPONS, WHICH MAY BE
      PUSHING THE MAN, WHO SHOULD BE CONTROLLED.A MURDERER CAN KILL UP
      WITH A CAR, WE HAVE SEEN IT IN TERRORIST ACTIONS
      Google translate works. The grammar may be different slightly.
      Obviously, bloomberg cares nothing about solving the problem. All he wants is restrictions on firearms, the greater restriction the happier he is. Crime and safety are of no real concern to bloomberg, afterall he has a staff of armed bodyguards every hour of every day.

  8. The 6.8 cartridge is so close to the olad 6X47 cartridge- which was a winner when the 6-5 bullet was used- I have necked the 6.8 case to 6mm and nd it preforms just like the old 6X47- 3000fps useing 75gr Hollow point (a baby 243) i want to go to the 6.5 87gr and the 120gr 6.5 round JW

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