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 ...

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.

The State of the Gun

Texas is a gun state. Lawmakers here are more likely to expand gun rights after a mass killing than to restrict them. And while there are proposals to buy back guns or restrict sales, state leaders in Texas are pushing to allow guns in places where they're not already legal.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

Video: Gohmert on Guns

On this morning's edition of Fox News Sunday, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, rejected calls for stricter gun laws following Friday's tragic school shooting in Connecticut.

Richards Sets a Politically Fateful Course on Guns

Gov. Ann Richards wrangled a settlement out of President Bill Clinton by threatening to sue, Jan Reid writes in Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. This excerpt also looks at events that sharpened Texans' desire for more liberal gun laws and put them at odds with their governor.

A non-functioning 3d gun being printed in a residential basement.
A non-functioning 3d gun being printed in a residential basement.

Gun-Printing Project Catches Eye of Law Enforcement

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A group of civil libertarians led by a University of Texas law student wants to teach people how to use 3-D printing technologies to make their own guns at home. But the buzzed-about project has drawn the attention of federal law enforcement.

Voices for Gun Law Changes Quiet in Texas

Texas has some of the loosest gun laws in the nation, gun control advocates say. With towns like Cut and Shoot and Gun Barrel City, that's probably no surprise. But even in the face of recent high-profile shootings in Texas and other states, those on both sides of the gun-control debate say there is little likelihood that gun laws will change.

Ted Nugent performs with his band during the May 1 concert in Hidalgo, Texas.
Ted Nugent performs with his band during the May 1 concert in Hidalgo, Texas.

Video: Ted Nugent Unplugged

Ted Nugent unplugged: The rocker and Second Amendment defender weighs in on everything from Mitt Romney and the Trayvon Martin case to his theory that President Obama was raised by Communists. Viewer discretion advise