Tribpedia: Guns In Texas

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 ...

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.

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.