Luncheons for February, 2013

Gun Control Texas Style—Way Out of Control

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Since we originally set up this Forum program, the Lege has been busy churning out gun control proposals that can be described only as visionary in their wackiness. For example:

·        H.B. 553 – Otto – This bill would create the Texas “Second Amendment Preservation Act.” Premised in part on the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 and 1799 (we’re not kidding), the bill makes you nostalgic for those enlightened late-1700s. Otto’s bill would make it a crime for a Texas employee or peace officer to “intentionally enforce” various federal gun laws. (“Judge, my defense is I enforced federal law by accident. I had a momentary memory lapse and thought we Texans were living in . . . oh, like, the United States. It won’t happen again.”)

·        H.B. 1314 – Creighton –Apparently not wanting Rep. Otto to wander alone back there in the late 1700s, Rep. Creighton introduced this bill, which would make it a crime for any federal, state, or local employee to seize a gun as “permitted or required” by a federal law that does not exist “under” Texas law. (Not to be all hyper-technical, but don’t Creighton and Otto believe that all federal laws exist “under”—way, way under—Texas law (not to mention far beneath the revered Kentucky Resolutions)?)

·        H.B. 1298 – Strickland – This bill apparently would allow concealed handgun licensees to take guns on school “field trips”—except for students, teachers, administrators, or “chaperones.” Who does that leave? Hmm, bus drivers, non-chaperoning parents, uninvited stowaways, and armed hitchhikers?

·        H.B. 627 – Krause – This bill could be made only in Texas, literally. It would require that all guns manufactured and sold in Texas be stamped with the words “Made in Texas.” Why? Because the bill then would have the Lege declare that the Texas-made gun are “not [be] subject to federal law,” as long as they do not travel out of Texas (like on one of those unchaperoned school field trips we hear so much about). Strangely, the bill fails to mention the 1798 Kentucky resolution.

And many others. To learn more about these exciting proposals, and some that might even make sense, please come hear our outstanding panel of speakers. And please brush up on your Kentucky history.

To see these and other gun (control) bills, click here:  http://www.centraltxdemocraticforum.com/2013/02/important-gun-legislation/

Speakers:

John Woods – Virginia Tech alumnus, UT graduate student, and founder of Students for Gun-Free Schools Texas, John is an articulate national spokesperson for rational gun control. Strongly motivated by his personal gun violence tragedy, John is a compelling advocate.

Michael Cargill – Owner, Central Texas Gun Works. Mr. Cargill’s company provides thorough concealed handgun license classes and general firearms instruction to Austin and San Antonio.

Hilary Whitfield – Chair, Austin Chapter, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America.

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1.     Rep. Otto, Peas In A Pod: 1798 Kentucky and 2013 Texas.

2.     Rep. Creighton, One Nation Under Texas.

3.     Rep. Stickland, Hitchhikers’ Guide to The Best Handguns for School Field Trips.

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Important Gun Legislation

Thursday, February 21st, 2013
HB 158 Author: Taylor, Van
Last Action: 02/06/2013 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the designation on a person’s driver’s license or commercial driver’s license that the person is licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
HB 223 Author: Huberty | et al.
Last Action: 02/07/2013 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain persons attending a school board meeting.
HB 553 Author: Otto | et al.
Last Action: 02/13/2013 H Referred to Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility, Select
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to firearms and the preservation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution; providing penalties.
HB 572 Author: Isaac
Last Action: 02/14/2013 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the issuance to veterans of specially marked licenses to carry a concealed handgun and specially marked personal identification certificates.
HB 627 Author: Krause | et al.
Last Action: 01/23/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
HB 700 Author: Lavender | et al.
Last Action: 01/24/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
HB 706 Author: Capriglione | et al.
Last Action: 01/24/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with schools or institutions of higher education.
HB 872 Author: Laubenberg
Last Action: 01/31/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
HB 928 Author: Krause | et al.
Last Action: 02/04/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
HB 972 Author: Fletcher | et al.
Last Action: 02/05/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.
HB 1009 Author: Villalba
Last Action: 02/06/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the creation of a new category of law enforcement officer who shall be designated a school marshal, the training and appointment of certain employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school as school marshals, and the rights, restrictions, limitations, and responsibilities of school marshals; authorizing the imposition of a fee.
HB 1030 Author: Burnam
Last Action: 02/06/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to prohibit the sale of firearms on public property in certain circumstances.
HB 1049 Author: Laubenberg
Last Action: 02/06/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
HB 1076 Author: Toth
Last Action: 02/07/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to certain firearms, firearm accessories and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas; providing an exemption from federal regulation and providing penalties.
HB 1077 Author: Kleinschmidt
Last Action: 02/07/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition in private vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
HB 1078 Author: Kleinschmidt
Last Action: 02/07/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with institutions of higher education.
HB 1298 Author: Stickland
Last Action: 02/14/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain license holders on certain locations associated with a public or private school or educational institution.
HB 1304 Author: Sheets | et al.
Last Action: 02/14/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the intentional display of a handgun.
HB 1313 Author: Creighton
Last Action: 02/14/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with schools or institutions of higher education.
HB 1314 Author: Creighton
Last Action: 02/14/2013 H Filed
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee; providing penalties.
SB 182 Author: Birdwell | et al.
Last Action: 01/29/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption Version: Introduced
Caption: Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.