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Texas lawmaker introduces pro-gun 4-pack of bills in state Senate

"Wherever state government interferes with that right, or unduly burdens it, it is my duty as a state legislator to fix it," said Huffines as he filed a series of gun rights bills this week in the Texas Senate. (Photo: Twitter)

Huffines filed a series of gun rights bills this week in the Texas Sen­ate. (Pho­to: Twitter)

Repub­li­can Sen. Don Huffines filed a pack­age of leg­is­la­tion on Wednes­day he argues will pre­serve Tex­ans’ Sec­ond Amend­ment rights for future gen­er­a­tions.

Huffines, who rep­re­sents part of Dal­las coun­ty, intro­duced bills to block future gun reg­is­tra­tion, pre­vent local gun bans and tax­es, keep car­ry per­mit hold­ers from catch­ing extra charges at DUI stops, and des­ig­nate the Lone Star State’s offi­cial gun to be the can­non.

Sec­ond Amend­ment lib­er­ty is crit­i­cal for the preser­va­tion of all of our oth­er lib­er­ties,” said Huffines in a state­ment. “Wher­ev­er state gov­ern­ment inter­feres with that right, or undu­ly bur­dens it, it is my duty as a state leg­is­la­tor to fix it.”

First on the list of pro­pos­als is an amend­ment to the state con­sti­tu­tion, SJR 30, which would pro­hib­it Texas from ever estab­lish­ing a gun reg­istry. The move — if approved by state vot­ers — could only be removed by a fur­ther bal­lot ref­er­en­dum, thus keep­ing law­mak­ers in Austin from being able to pass future gun reg­is­tra­tion schemes.

It is crit­i­cal­ly impor­tant to make our con­sti­tu­tion crys­tal clear on the sub­ject so there’s no sneak attack or back­door, dark of the night attempt to cre­ate a gun reg­istry,” said Huffines.

Next, SB 458 would clar­i­fy that a con­cealed car­ry license hold­er can only be charged with ille­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm when intox­i­cat­ed if they actu­al­ly have a gun on their per­son. Huffines con­tends under cur­rent law, LTC hold­ers are being hit with the charge at traf­fic stops even when their gun is locked in their car’s trunk or out of reach. Fur­ther, some are only charged because the thresh­old for intox­i­ca­tion under cur­rent law is much low­er for those car­ry­ing a firearm than for drunk dri­ving.

Huffines’ SB 459 pro­hibits local politi­cians from tax­ing guns and ammo or reg­u­lat­ing their sale or man­u­fac­tur­ing with­out explic­it state author­i­ty. He argues strength­en­ing the state’s pre­emp­tion laws in such a man­ner will keep “a hand­ful of lib­er­al politi­cians in city halls and coun­ty cour­t­hous­es” from mov­ing to enact new tax­es on guns at the local lev­el.

Final­ly, SCR 8 would enshrine the can­non as the state’s offi­cial gun. The resolution’s lan­guage gives a tip of the hat to artillery pieces key to Texas’ his­to­ry includ­ing the famous “Come and Take It” can­non at Gon­za­les, the bronze can­non from the Alamo, sev­er­al guns on the ground of the state Capi­tol, and Smokey — the cer­e­mo­ni­al can­non used by Texas A&M Uni­ver­si­ty since 1954.

The bills have been received by the sec­re­tary of the Sen­ate and are await­ing com­mit­tee assign­ment.
Texas law­mak­er intro­duces pro-gun 4-pack of bills in state Sen­ate
Texas law­mak­er intro­duces pro-gun 4-pack of bills in state Sen­ate

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