|Dear Members and Friends,Our friends at the Texas State Rifle Association have made us aware of a significant development occurring within the Texas Legislature this session. At their request, we are forwarding the following message as a “Call to Action” from the TSRA that we fully support.
Because this issue is both urgent and of the utmost importance, we encourage you to forward this to your friends and family.
Vice President of Member Services
“You need to be aware of a disturbing new development surrounding SB 11 and HB 937, the campus carry bills currently pending in the Texas House of Representatives. Even if you don’t have a Concealed Handgun License, even if you rarely – if ever – find yourself in a college setting, or even if this issue just hasn’t been a priority for you in the past, you should pay attention now. Because what happens with these bills could impact the future of our Second Amendment rights in the Lone Star State.
Everytown for Gun Safety is former New York City mayor and big government-loving billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s faux grassroots gun control group. Borrowing from the playbook of Battleground Texas – the unsuccessful national effort by former Obama campaign operatives to make us a “swing state” last election cycle – they are dumping resources from outside Texas into our state to launch a misinformation campaign via television ads and social media against SB 11 and HB 937.
These bills are not – as Everytown claims in their deceptive ads – about creating an army of underage students packing heat in backpacks and bringing guns to classrooms. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, in 2014, less than 6% of the more than 246,000 CHLs issued or renewed were to individuals between the ages of 21-25. These bills are about giving adult faculty, staff and non-traditional students who are 21 years of age or older, who have passed a state and federal criminal records check, and who successfully completed classroom and range training and been issued a license by DPS, a personal protection option on the campuses where they live, work or study.
During the years in which the Legislature has debated but failed to pass campus carry legislation, there have been high-profile shootings covered by the national media at the University of Texas at Austin and bordering the Texas A&M campus in College Station. There were also stabbings at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus in which more than a dozen people were wounded. These so-called ‘gun-free zones’ only serve to disarm law-abiding citizens and render them defenseless against violent criminals.
If Bloomberg and his gun control version of Battleground Texas succeed in defeating these bills, he will double-down and begin to lay the groundwork for future efforts to gut Texas’ carry laws and enact restrictions on private gun sales and possession of ammunition magazines, like he did in Colorado. So if you are a freedom-loving, Second Amendment supporter, these bills do impact you!
Contact House leadership as well as your lawmakers and urge them to pass SB 11/HB 937 this session. Tell them to support adult CHLs who have a 20-year record of law-abiding and responsible behavior and to stand up to New York liberal Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun agenda in Texas.”
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