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Posted on December 25, 2018 by U.S. & Texas LawShield Staff


Cornyn, Senate GOP Introduce

Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Bill

 

WASHINGTON

 

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state's laws.

 

"This bill focuses on two of our country's most fundamental constitutional protections-
the Second Amendment's right of citizens to keep and bear arms and the Tenth Amendment's right of states to make laws best-suited for their residents,"

said Sen. Cornyn. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this important legislation for law-abiding gun owners nationwide."

 

The legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), David Perdue (R-GA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

 

Background on the Constitutional  

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:

 

Protecting Fundamental Constitutional Rights:

     

-Allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while they are traveling or temporarily living away from home.

      

-Allows individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to conceal carry in any other states that also allow concealed carry.

     

-Treats state-issued concealed carry permits like drivers' licenses where an individual can use their home-state license to drive in another state, but must abide by that other state's speed limit or road laws.

 

-Respecting State Sovereignty

     

-Does not establish national standards for concealed carry.

      

-Does not provide for a national concealed carry permit.

     

-Does not allow a resident to circumvent their home state's concealed carry permit laws. If under current law an individual is prohibited by federal law from carrying a firearm, they will continue to be prohibited from doing so under our bill.

     

-Respects state laws concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may not be carried and types of firearms which may not be carried by the visiting individual.

      

-Protects states' rights by not mandating the right to concealed carry in places that do not allow the practice.

 

Broad Support: 

Last Congress, identical legislation had 40 cosponsors. In the 113th Congress, a nearly identical amendment received 57 votes in the Senate, including 13 Democrats.

 

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Dozens of Pro- & Anti-Second Amendment Bills Pre-Filed for 86th Regular Session

The Texas Legislature convenes in Austin for its 86th Regular Session on Tuesday, January 8.  Pre-filing of legislation began in mid-November.  Since then, several pro-Second Amendment measures have already been introduced and received bill numbers, including but not limited to:

Senate Bill 117 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) clarifies the definition of “school-sponsored activity” in the Texas Penal Code to avoid the establishment of roving gun-free zones in buildings or areas that are not owned by or under the control of a school or postsecondary educational institution.

House Bill 302 by Rep. Dennis Paul (R-Houston) protects the rights of tenants to lawfully possess firearms in their residential or commercial rental properties and to transport their guns between their personal vehicles and those locations.

House Bill 357 by Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) allows individuals who are legally-eligible to possess a firearm to carry a handgun for personal protection without a state-issued license.

House Bill 516 by Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) provides immunity to property or business owners who elect not to post their premises off-limits to License To Carry holders with 30.06 or 30.07 signs.

New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his national gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action, along with their policy partners at Texas Gun Sense, have been working with anti-gun lawmakers to introduce misguided proposals that restrict your Second Amendment rights.  Don’t be fooled by attempts to package these bills as “sensible public safety measures” or “common-sense solutions to gun violence” – they are part of Bloomberg’s radical agenda that targets law-abiding gun owners.  Those measures include, but are not limited to, the following:

House Bill 38 by Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg) makes it illegal for an individual to manufacture and possess a firearm without obtaining an individualized serial number from, and registering the gun with, the Texas Department of Public Safety.  This bill is nothing more than a California-style solution in search of a problem: there are no reports of criminals using 3D printing to manufacture firearms, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) has never received a trace request for a 3D-printed gun, and there has never been a case of such a firearm being used in a crime.  Furthermore, the 1968 Gun Control Act, the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act and other federal laws govern firearms produced by a 3D printing process, just as they do to guns manufactured through conventional processes.  

House Bill 131 by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) & Senate Bill 158 by Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso) allow for the issuance of so-called “red flag” protective orders that could lead to suspension of an individual’s Second Amendment rights without due process and surrender of his or her firearms to law enforcement.

House Bill 172 by Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) reduces the minimum size, lettering and the language specifications for 30.06 signs that have been in effect for more than two decades and requires them to be available for download on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website – providing less effective notice for License To Carry holders and leading to more locations being posted off-limits to them.  (The same requirements would apply to 30.07 signs as well.)

House Bill 195 by Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) restricts the private transfer of firearms at gun shows – a favorite target of the gun control crowd – by requiring every transaction to be conducted through a licensed dealer involving extensive paperwork and payment of an undetermined fee.

House Bill 316 by Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin)directs the Texas Department of Public Safety to create a firearms safety “public awareness” campaign, establishing a platform for gun control groups to attempt to deliver their slanted message to a broader audience.  Existing federal and state laws, current state agency efforts and private sector initiatives already address the topic and delivery of firearms safety programs. 

House Bill 349 by Rep. Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso) bans the manufacture, sale and possession of devices designed to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle and includes common modifications done to firearms by law-abiding citizens to make them more suitable for self-defense, hunting or competition.  

The deadline for introduction of bills is March 8.  NRA-ILA will keep you posted as more legislation affecting gun owners and sportsmen is filed and as the measures listed above receive committee referrals and hearing schedules.  In the meantime, you can contact your state lawmakers and tell them where you stand on the aforementioned bills.

Find out who your State Representative and State Senator are by clicking here.

Contact information for House members can be found here.

Contact information for State Senators can be found here.

What can you do to help protect your Second Amendment rights in the Lone Star State?  Sign up as an NRA Frontlines volunteer to receive timely legislative alerts on firearm-related bills during this upcoming session. Make plans to attend committee hearings on these bills at the Capitol when NRA-ILA notifies you of the time, place and location. And contact your state lawmakers during the legislative session to let them know how you feel about measures that affect your rights.  

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Another right taken from the American Gun Owner by the United States Government


The FEDERAL BUMP STOCK BAN EXPLAINED


Florida and New Jersey Members: Bump stocks are already illegal under state law.  


Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has just signed a national ban on bump stocks, expected to go into effect on March 21, 2019. This prohibition is unlike any previous gun ban we’ve seen, in that it was neither passed by Congress, nor signed by the President. Instead, an administrative agency simply changed one of their definitions in order to institute the ban.

BUMP STOCKS WILL NOW FALL INTO THE DEFINITION OF MACHINEGUN, FOUND IN 27 C.F.R. PARTS 477, 478, AND 479.

Previously, this term was defined as: “[A] firearm which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.” The term also includes any part of a machinegun or anything that may convert a weapon into a machinegun.

Specifically, with regard to bump stocks, the new rule adds: “The term ‘machinegun’ includes a bump-stock-type device, i.e., a device that allows a semiautomatic firearm to shoot more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger by harnessing the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm to which it is affixed, so that the trigger resets and continues firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.”


THIS NEW DEFINITION HAS THE EFFECT OF CRIMINALIZING THE POSSESSION OF ALL BUMP STOCKS.

The new rule has no provision to grandfather in and register the bump stocks that many citizens already own.

Without exception, before March 21, 2019, if you own a bump stock, you must either surrender it to the ATF or destroy it.

You will not be compensated for the money you spent when you legally bought this item. Failure to comply with this new rule is a federal felony, punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine for each bump stock in your possession.

There have already been many legal challenges filed and there will be many more to come before March 21. Most ask that the courts block this rule from going into effect so that the issue can be fully litigated before any American has to destroy their property without compensation.

Does this open the door for future regulation and re-classification of guns, ammo, and accessories?

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

If you have any questions about bump stocks or the regulatory process, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney today.