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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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Bill Referrals & Committee Hearings Will Begin Soon - 

Your Participation Will Be Needed This Session! 

 

The Texas Legislature convened in Austin last month for its 86th Regular Session and the number of gun control measures filed so far is unprecedented.  And there's more to come - the deadline for bill introduction is not until March 8th. 

 

New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg's national gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action, along with their policy partners at Texas Gun Sense, continue working with anti-gun lawmakers to file countless 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. 

 

TSRA has reported pre-filed bills in addition to a few bills filed in the early days of session.   Below is additional lists of bad bills, followed by more good ones.    

 

Representative Rafael Anchia of Dallas filed 11 anti-gun bills in one day.   The list below contains only a few.  

 

House Bill 930 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) repeals the Lone Star State's "Castle Doctrine" law. 

 

House Bill 1163 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) allows municipalities with a population of more than 750,000 to vote on whether to prohibit License To Carry holders from openly carrying handguns within city limits. 

 

House Bill 1164 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) expands the prohibited places that apply to License to Carry (LTC) holders in Penal Code Section 46.035 to include facilities such as golf courses, amphitheaters, auditoriums, theaters, museums, zoos, botanical gardens, civic centers and convention centers, provided they are posted off-limits. 

 

House Bill 1169 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) creates the offense of knowingly selling a firearm to another at a gun show without conducting the transfer through a licensed dealer, which would involve completing extensive federal paperwork and payment of an undetermined fee. 

 

House Bill 1207 by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) makes it a crime for a person to fail to report a lost or stolen firearm within five days of the person becoming aware that the gun was lost or stolen. 

 

House Bill 1236 by Rep. Vikki Goodwin (D-Austin) allows public colleges and universities to opt-out of Texas' campus carry law.  (An identical bill, HB 1173, was also filed by Rep. Rafael Anchia.) 

 

What can you do to help protect your Second Amendment rights.  One good suggestion is to sign up on the State Legislature's site for alerts as bills move through the process.   My TLO will help you stay up to date! 

 

Additional pro-gun bills include the following:  

 

House Bill 1009 by Rep. Will Metcalf (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 1143 by Rep. Cole Hefner (R-Mount Pleasant) limits the authority of school districts to regulate the manner in which firearms and ammunition are stored in private motor vehicles parked on school property (including by school employees). 

 

House Bill 1149 by Rep. James White (R-Woodville) ties eligibility for a License To Carry a handgun to the ability to purchase a firearm. 

 

House Bill 1177 by Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) & Senate Bill 506 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) protect citizens from being charged with a crime for carrying a handgun while evacuating from an area subject to a mandatory order issued during a declared state or local disaster, or while returning home. 

 

House Bill 1231 by Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) & Senate Bill 535 by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) repeals the prohibition on carrying in churches or other places of worship. 

 

Senate Bill 472 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) 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. 

 

Be sure to contact your state lawmakers and urge them to oppose the bad bills and support the good ones!   

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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.