Texas: Gun Confiscation Hype and Red Flag Orders of Protection

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Texas: Gun Confiscation Hype and Red Flag Orders of Protection

Texas – -(Ammoland.com)- On Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at 9:00 am in hearing room E1.036, the Texas Senate will hold its last interim study on Violence in Schools and School Security.

An interim study simply gathers information and is not linked in any way to legislation or bill passage during the 2019 session. As usual there are those on both sides who sensationalize the hearings, meetings, and discussions for their own basic purposes. The rest of us are working our tails off.

The subject for this hearing as listed in the interim charge:

To examine whether current protective order laws are sufficient or whether the merits of Extreme Risk Protective Orders, or “Red Flag” laws, should be considered for seeking a temporary removal of firearms from a person or others, only after legal due process is provided with a burden of proof sufficient to protect Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

Texas State Rifle Association has participated in every hearing and every discussion on the subject of Violence in Schools and School Security in the House and Senate since the Round Table discussion on June 25th and part of our job has been to find and to provided impact witnesses, meaning those with the background and experience to prove a point.

This is not a numbers game but an information-gathering hearing.

In the House Constable Dolle testified that every tool in law necessary to safeguard public safety is currently in Texas when it comes to orders of protection. There are layers and layers of gun laws in Texas.

The only folks even remotely committed to the addition of new law which could strip away rights is the various anti-gun groups such as Texas Gun Sense and the Bloomberg funded Mom's Demand. Nothing new there and all part of politics, not public safety.

What the Governor has asked of the House and Senate is to review existing law. What has been “discovered” is that no “tools” in law are missing.

If you've been told this is all a “gun confiscation scheme” or anything similar, it's a blinking lie.

Also, as for firearm storage, Texas Penal Code 46.13 has been in the statute since 1995 and requires firearm storage but NEVER mentions a specific method of storage. What's appropriate for one family would not be for another. PC 46.13 passed with Concealed Carry and was meant to be a child safety law. In 23 years it's only been used by the courts 62 times, which means “not often”.

You should also be aware that if your child uses your readily dischargeable firearm for home defense, this is protected by the current statute as is youth hunting and other legal uses.

We don't have trigger lock police and no one has suggested this.

While firearm storage is not listed for Tuesday, the subject was mentioned in an email alert from a new group sensationalizing the issues.

Texas State Rifle Association was allowed to provide two witnesses with invited testimony for the Tuesday hearing: Gary Wells and Edwin Walker, both are knowledgeable Second Amendment lawyers with the right message, at the right time, to the right people.

In addition, this is a very very smart group of Senators.

It's been a busy summer. The Voter's Guide is coming together and will be in the Sept.-Oct. edition of the magazine and online at www.tsrapac.com

In Conclusion

Thanks for the membership, your renewals and for your continued PAC donations. The anti-gun folks are hard at work. I see gun bigots everywhere! Remember you can renew your membership or donate to the association to keep bills paid and lights on at www.tsra.com and donate to the PAC or sign-up for this email alert at www.tsrapac.com

Sincerely,

Alice Tripp
Legislative Director
Texas State Rifle Association-PAC


Texas State Rifle Association FoundationAbout Texas State Rifle Association:

The Mission of the Texas State Rifle Association is to protect and defend the inalienable rights of the individual Texan to acquire, possess, transport, carry, transfer ownership and enjoy the right to lawful use of firearms for self-preservation, for the defense of family and property and the common defense of the Republic and the individual liberties of the people. Visit: www.TSRA.com

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    What about the scumbag speaker that killed the constitutional carry bill?

    Don Baker
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    Don Baker

    Gov Abbott does have a 3rd party opponent in November. I urge all to vote for that 3rd party candidate to send Abbott a message.

    Gregory Romeu
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    Gregory Romeu

    THAT is an extremely dangerous and ignorant move! You NEVER at games with politicians! THAT is the sort of group-think, mob mentality that got this country screwed-up in the first place!

    Don Baker
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    Don Baker

    No, THAT is voting for what you believe in. Not responding to politicians who threaten your rights is foolish

    Gregory Romeu
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    Gregory Romeu

    YOU truly believe in this third-party candidate and that they can actually take the election when hardly anybody knows who it is or what their capable of doing? And the democrat gets into office because you waste votes on a third party that is guaranteed NOT to get into office and more than likely wouldn’t be successful in office anyway because you wanted to play games at the polls? That’s real smart.

    Gregory Romeu
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    Gregory Romeu

    Regardless of these unconstitutional grabs at our 2nd Amendment or any other Amendment, if such a situation occurs in your lifetime it is up to the responsibility and duty of that citizen to fight back and stand their ground. If you take the effort to spend some time in Criminal Court trials and pay attention to what is being said you will always hear the question, “Do you choose to waive these rights?” IF the person says, “YES”, for whatever un-Godly reason, then, BAM! They deserve whatever the hell the Jury or the Court’s going to throw at them! #1… Read more »

    Don Baker
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    Don Baker

    Gov Abbott indicated some support for red flag laws. Therefore I will not donate to his campaign and have serious doubts about voting for him. The red flag issue would have never come up if Abbott hadn’t brought it up. If he wants to act like a gun grabbing democrat he might as well be replaced by a democrat until a real republican runs for office.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    Whoa, there Don Baker, You had me right up to “… replaced by a democrat…” If that hypothetical democrat party Texas Governor were demanding the decommissioning of the BATFE, repeal of the GCA, and a return to the Constitution, I’d vote for that hypothetical candidate. Sadly there are no such candidates … in either party.

    Don Baker
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    Don Baker

    I loathe the treasonous democrat party, however if you have a republican voting like one, he must be voted out. More damage has been done to conservatives by liberal republicans than by democrats, mostly because republicans will oppose democrats but not RINOs.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Don Baker, Can’t we try to educate him up, first?

    John Dow
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    John Dow

    The so-called Emergency Protection Orders, aka Red Flag laws, are at their core a small step on the way to confiscation. I had heard that proposed law in TX would include a hearing before confiscation, which is quite outside the norm of these laws – almost everywhere else it’s confiscate first, then let the person plea to the state to get their property back. It’s guilty till proven innocent, oh and by the way, you’re going to spend time and lawyer fees to get your property back. As to the accuser, it costs them not one thin dime, they have… Read more »

    Gregory Romeu
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    Gregory Romeu

    Only until the person that has been wronged steps up and sues the person(s) that caused the problem(s). And yes, making false claims IS against the law.

    Tracy
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    Tracy

    In addition, this is a very very smart group of Senators.

    HAHAHAHA so this is why they know best?

    TexDan
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    TexDan

    Currently one must store their weapon away from ammunition to keep from minors. They, reading the current Texas Administration, now are looking at keeping all firearms from minors, even if ammunition is not available. This would mean I would have to remove my 45-70 from above my fireplace and my old pistol from my shadow box, as a minor could get ahold of these firearms, even if ammunition is not available within my home. This doesn’t even account for those individuals who store their firearms within gun cabinets, minors could easily get these as well, by simply kicking in the… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @TexDan, Well … break their little fingers, then.

    TexDan
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    TexDan

    @Wild Bill, yep I guess that would work, didn’t even think of that being a possibility. Or, maybe not supporting any further restrictions on firearms might even be a better idea…or not, I guess it is our choice. I believe I will just not support any restrictions, while I guess you and those like you could go the other route and break their little fingers.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @TD, Nope, just a joke. The proper route is to resist intrusive government, as you quite properly observe.

    Doug
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    Doug

    What does shall not be infringed mean the have been infringing for years and as it say what happens when good men do nothing ???????

    richard nicholas
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    richard nicholas

    Alice Tripp may be a snake in the grass. This specific topic aside, why doesnt she support pro gun candidates that have “A” ratings?

    m.
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    m.

    gun control = ahole

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @m a heap of lying electeds?