Date of Release or Mention:Sunday, September 1, 2019
28 days. That’s how long it has been between mass shootings in Texas where the shooter did not have a personal connection to at least one of its victims. It was less than two weeks ago when a man who was arrested for unlawfully carrying a hand gun admitted to storing a rifle containing a 30 round magazine, a bipod, scope and tac light in a park in Austin. The gun shop who sold him the rifle in July did so legally after waiting three days for the required FBI background check to be completed. The buyer had no valid license to carry and a felony arrest warrant in Texas.
Today several laws will go into effect that weaken gun regulations in Texas. Yet, not a single gun safety law was passed last session.
In an average month, an estimated 8.9 to 11.7 million firearm owners binge drink, and among men, deaths from alcohol-related firearm violence equal those from all alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. A bill prohibiting an intoxicated person from carrying a firearm in a public place died in committee.
While there is a stiff fine and penalty for reckless discharge of a firearm in large municipalities, a Representative who was the victim of reckless gunfire on New Year’s Eve in a rural part of Texas a few years ago could not get their bill out of committee this session or last session.
Texas leads the nation in unintentional shootings by children. A suicide prevention and safe storage campaign bill that would have been carried out by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Parks and Wildlife was met with cries that the campaign would indoctrinate gun owners into giving up their “God given second amendment rights” and died in the Calendars Committee of the Texas Legislature.
The governor has stated that there will be no special session to address mass shootings in Texas. Inaction is not a solution for Texas families and communities. So for now, we must look to our federal leaders for a solution. Once again we are asking you to demand action NOW from Senator Cornyn and Senator Cruz on two gun safety bills!
Texans agree we need lifesaving guns laws such as Extreme Risk Protection Orders and improved background checks laws. On average, fewer people die from gun violence in states with strong gun laws and more people die in states with weak gun laws.
The League of Women Voters of Texas encourages you to get to know your candidates’ positions on gun safety before the primary elections and conventions.
- November 9th is the first day a Republican or Democratic Party candidate may file an application for a place on the primary ballot and the first day independent candidates may file a declaration of intent to run.
- December 9th is the last day Democratic or Republican Party candidates may file an application for a place on the primary ballot (6 p.m.), the last day independent candidates may file a declaration of intent to run (6 p.m.) and the last day minor Party candidates may file applications and submit filing fee or petition in lieu of filing fee to the applicable filing authority in order to be nominated by convention (6 p.m.).
- March 3rd is primary Election Day for Republicans and Democrats in the State of Texas.
- Other Parties will hold their County Conventions on March 14th, their District Conventions on March 21st and their State Conventions on April 18th.
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