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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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/1/13

Batheja on a House budget without vouchers or Medicaid expansion, Aguilar on obstacles to a new power plant in El Paso, Permenter on deer breeder regulations, E. Smith’s interview with San Antonio’s Castro twins, Galbraith on proposals for new underground water reservoirs, Root finds holes in a UT regent's appointment files, M. Smith on a planned school rating system that defied recommendations, Murphy maps oil and gas disposal wells in Texas, Dehn on objections to a bigger Medicaid program and Hamilton on efforts to lure gun makers to Texas: The best of our best for the week of April 1-5, 2013.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to LaRue Tactical employees and the press about gun rights on Feb. 19, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to LaRue Tactical employees and the press about gun rights on Feb. 19, 2013.

Cruz Talks Guns, Deflects Hagel Accusations

Calling President Obama’s recent gun control initiatives “cynical” and “wrong,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said on Tuesday that lawmakers “should focus our efforts on deterring and punishing violent criminals." 

 

Austin Police Officer Cory Ehrler monitors the entrance to Ridgetop Elementary School after classes start on the Monday following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As the 83rd legislative session approaches, Texas lawmakers are considering making firearms more available to teachers and other school personnel.
Austin Police Officer Cory Ehrler monitors the entrance to Ridgetop Elementary School after classes start on the Monday following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As the 83rd legislative session approaches, Texas lawmakers are considering making firearms more available to teachers and other school personnel.

Bill Calls for Emergency Alarms at Texas Schools

Legislation filed by state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, would require Texas school districts to equip their campuses with electronic emergency alarms that could contact the police directly in the event of a school emergency. Proponents say such emergency systems make more sense than arming teachers, but others worry about how districts would fund the new technology.

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte D-San Antonio, asks question during a Joint Committee Hearing on School Safety in the Senate Chamber on January 28th , 2013
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte D-San Antonio, asks question during a Joint Committee Hearing on School Safety in the Senate Chamber on January 28th , 2013

Senators Hold Hearing on Guns in Schools

Police and educators were among those who testified before senators on Monday about how to ensure school safety and whether school employees should carry concealed handguns on campus.

Newsreel: Women's Health, Guns and the Lege

Texas Weekly

In this edition of the Newsreel: Legislative debate over women's health funding, abortion and Planned Parenthood has started. This week is the 4oth anniversary of the Rove v. Wade ruling. Lawmakers are talking again about guns on campus. And the session is moving into higher gear, with the budget, committees, and the governor's agenda on tap.

Texas Schools Look for Guidance on Firearms Policies

Amid concerns over the safety of Texas' public schools in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, at least a dozen of the state's districts are considering policies that would permit employees to carry concealed handguns. But despite the increased interest in firearms policies, there is not much research on their effectiveness.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson speaking at the Guns Across America Rally at the Capital on Jan. 19, 2013.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson speaking at the Guns Across America Rally at the Capital on Jan. 19, 2013.

Texans Rally Against More Gun Control

Roughly a thousand Texans flooded the Capitol grounds on Saturday to rally against a renewed national push for gun control legislation. Lawmakers who spoke at the rally criticized President Obama for signing gun-related executive orders, calling them unconstitutional and an infringement on the rights of gun owners. 

Variety of Gun-Related Bills on Table for Session

Although the Obama administration has just begun looking to change federal gun laws, Texas lawmakers have been hard at work for months to create less, rather than more gun restrictions. At least 20 bills have been filed or proposed by Texas lawmakers on the subject of guns. Here's a round-up of those proposals.