Tribpedia: Guns In Texas

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Texas is a gun-friendly state where lawmakers have been historically reluctant to restrict citizens' rights to own and carry firearms.

Firearms can be sold to anyone but minors, those known to have criminal intentions, and people who are intoxicated.

Use is barred in public places, across city streets, and in other situations.

Possession is legal except in specified places (churches ...

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Chris Way and his son Ryan, 2, participate in a march during South by Southwest in March 2014, an event led by the Austin chapter of the gun rights group Come and Take It.
Chris Way and his son Ryan, 2, participate in a march during South by Southwest in March 2014, an event led by the Austin chapter of the gun rights group Come and Take It.

Gun Rights Activists' Latest Strategy: Armed Demonstrations

Texas gun rights advocates, like their counterparts who argue for gun control, have been increasingly active in the wake of recent mass shootings, organizing hundreds of grassroots demonstrations across the state. Their effort includes a simple strategy: a public display of their weapons — sometimes in front of their opponents.

Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm handgun
Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm handgun

DPS Suspends Use of New Handgun Over "Concerns"

The Texas Department of Public Safety has stopped using its newest service firearm after state trooper recruits who were the first to use new Smith & Wesson M&P 9 mm handguns reported "concerns" about the weapon. While the agency tests the handgun, recruits will return to using a .357-caliber SIG Sauer P226 pistol. 

State Sen. Wendy Davis announces her campaign for governor in front of a crowd of supporters in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013.
State Sen. Wendy Davis announces her campaign for governor in front of a crowd of supporters in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013.

Davis Takes Friendly Fire on Gun Issue

Sen. Wendy Davis has riled conservatives with talk of gun restrictions. But now she's stirring controversy among fellow Democrats for embracing reforms that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns — even into the state Capitol.

More than a thousand turned out at the Alamo on Saturday, Oct.19 for a protest over local, state and federal gun restrictions.
More than a thousand turned out at the Alamo on Saturday, Oct.19 for a protest over local, state and federal gun restrictions.

Armed Protesters Rally at Alamo Over Gun Restrictions

Roughly a thousand people turned out at the Alamo on Saturday to protest current state law that prohibits the open carrying of handguns and other gun restrictions. Several politicians and political hopefuls spoke at the event, giving their stances on gun restriction and other issues. 

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Evidence Specialist, Richard Castro, shows a firearm held as evidence by APD. The Austin Police Department’s evidence and seized property storage facility contains thousands of firearms from handguns to assault rifles dating back as far as the 1970s.
Evidence Specialist, Richard Castro, shows a firearm held as evidence by APD. The Austin Police Department’s evidence and seized property storage facility contains thousands of firearms from handguns to assault rifles dating back as far as the 1970s.

Law Enforcement Can Sell Confiscated Guns

For decades, weapons confiscated by police in Texas were supposed to be repurposed for law enforcement use — or else destroyed. Starting next month, some will be available for purchase. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series, a monthlong look at how the bills and budget passed by the 83rd Legislature will affect Texans' lives starting Sept. 1. 

 

 

Some Lawmakers Looking Out for No. 1

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Call it the self-preservation society. When push comes to shove, some members of the Texas Legislature are adamant that their elective offices should come with some special protections. For example, some lawmakers caused a major stir this session when they tried to change state law to allow themselves and other elected officials to carry concealed weapons in places where private citizens could not.

 

83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't

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Lawmakers raced to get several bills passed before the 83rd Legislature's regular session ended. And with Monday's announcement of a special session, their work isn't done. Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short in the regular session. 

House sponsor State Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, stands among House members during the consideration of a point of order on HB 972 a campus carry bill on May 4, 2013.
House sponsor State Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, stands among House members during the consideration of a point of order on HB 972 a campus carry bill on May 4, 2013.

Campus Carry, School Marshals Get Early OK in House

Texas colleges, universities and public schools could see more firearm-carrying students or authorities under two gun rights expansion bills that got preliminary approval in the House on Saturday. Other measures that passed on the lower chamber's "Gun Day" altered the training and fees associated with concealed handgun licenses. 

 

Interactive: Tracking Texas' Gun Legislation

State lawmakers have filed roughly 100 gun bills this session — many drafted in the wake of the deadly December shooting in Newtown, Conn. — that address everything from firearm use in schools to concealed handgun laws and the Second Amendent. Use our interactive to review the measures by subject and see which are getting the most traction in the Capitol.

Gov. Rick Perry, speaks at the site in Jonestown, Texas, where volunteers will build a home for injured war veteran Augustine "Augie" Pena.
Gov. Rick Perry, speaks at the site in Jonestown, Texas, where volunteers will build a home for injured war veteran Augustine "Augie" Pena.

Perry Wants Texas Gun Firms to Sidestep Fed Oversight

Gov. Rick Perry said he has discussed allowing certain gun manufacturers in the state to be exempt from federal gun control measures with Attorney General Greg Abbott and constitutional lawyers. He is interested in whether guns that are made in Texas and sold only in Texas would be subject to federal firearms laws.