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 ...

Dallas Attack Tests City's Progress in Police Relations

Flowers sit on the dash of a Dallas Area Rapid Transit police motorcycle as it is used to block off the scene where, the night before, snipers targeted police officers, killing five, after a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in downtown.
Flowers sit on the dash of a Dallas Area Rapid Transit police motorcycle as it is used to block off the scene where, the night before, snipers targeted police officers, killing five, after a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in downtown.

A fragile peace settled over Dallas one day after a sniper caused the worst loss of police officer lives since September 11, but beneath calls for unity tension simmered, threatening to reopen racial wounds that the nation's ninth-largest city has tried to heal in recent years.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, at a gun control rally June 29, 2016 near the Texas Capitol.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, at a gun control rally June 29, 2016 near the Texas Capitol.

Democrats Push for Gun Control in Gun-Friendly Texas

Looking to capitalize on the news Democrats made in Washington last week with a daylong sit-in on the House floor, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett returned to his gun-friendly state on Wednesday trying to drum up enthusiasm for gun control.

Left: Wendy Davis is shown during her 2013 filibuster in the Texas Senate. Right: U.S. House Democrats staged a sit-in on June 22, 2016, in their bid to pass gun control legislation.
Left: Wendy Davis is shown during her 2013 filibuster in the Texas Senate. Right: U.S. House Democrats staged a sit-in on June 22, 2016, in their bid to pass gun control legislation.

Analysis: Taking Direct Aim at Legislative Business as Usual

Maybe the overnight sit-in that captured Washington’s attention will keep gun control in the news. House Democrats' effort fell short, but as Wendy Davis showed three years ago in Texas, the end of the spectacle isn’t necessarily the end of the fight.

Revisit Our God & Governing Series

In the 2015 Texas legislative session, state lawmakers frequently used their religious beliefs to defend their policymaking. Take a look back at "God & Governing," our documentary-style series on the role lawmakers' personal faith played in their legislating. 

Nobel Prize-Winning physicist Steven Weinberg told the Faculty Council at the University of Texas at Austin that he will attempt to ban guns from his classroom this fall, regardless of UT's policy.
Nobel Prize-Winning physicist Steven Weinberg told the Faculty Council at the University of Texas at Austin that he will attempt to ban guns from his classroom this fall, regardless of UT's policy.

Nobel Laureate Becomes Reluctant Anti-Gun Leader

UT-Austin Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg has emerged as a leader, albeit a reluctant one, for faculty who oppose allowing guns in their classrooms after saying he will try to prevent students who want to carry handguns from taking his courses. 

Organizer Murdoch Pizgatti addresses event attendees, media, and protesters a few hours before the theatrical mock mass shooting event that took place on UT Austin campus in opposition to Gun-Free Zones.
Organizer Murdoch Pizgatti addresses event attendees, media, and protesters a few hours before the theatrical mock mass shooting event that took place on UT Austin campus in opposition to Gun-Free Zones.

Mock Shootings, Sex Toys Mark UT Gun Protests

Gun rights activists held a mock shooting at the University of Texas Saturday to protest new rules for carrying weapons on campus, while counter-protesters waved sex toys and made farting sounds to try to ridicule them.

On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.
On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.

UT-Austin Task Force: Ban Guns in Dorms, But Not Classrooms

A task force at the University of Texas at Austin has recommended guns be prohibited in residence halls, at sporting events and in certain laboratories. But the suggestions do not call for banning handguns in classrooms. 

“Come and Take It San Antonio!” gun rights rally at The Alamo, San Antonio, Oct. 19, 2013.
“Come and Take It San Antonio!” gun rights rally at The Alamo, San Antonio, Oct. 19, 2013.

Fake Mass Shooting Moved Off Campus

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A gun rights group plans to hold a fake mass shooting Saturday near UT-Austin to protest gun-free zones. The group decided to move it just off campus after the university said demonstrators could face criminal trespassing charges.

God & Governing: Revisit the Project

In the 2015 Texas legislative session, state lawmakers frequently used their religious beliefs to defend their policymaking. Take a look back at "God & Governing," our documentary-style series on the role lawmakers' personal faith played in their legislating.