Voices for Gun Law Changes Quiet in Texas

Texas laws get low marks from gun control groups, but even in the wake of recent high-profile shootings in Texas and two other states, there is little call to restrict access to guns here.

Part of the reason for the relative silence, say gun rights advocates, is that their counterparts who want more restrictions have had little presence in the state recently.

“They pretty much left about 15 years ago here in Texas,” said Jerry Patterson, the state land commissioner. Patterson, who was influential in passing the state’s concealed handgun law as a state senator in 1995, said that ...

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