Texas House reportedly granted “preliminary approval” for a new bill that would allow legally registered, and licensed Texas handgun owners to carry firearms inside their chosen place of worship. Prior to the approval of the bill, Texas law forbid citizens to have firearms inside any “churches, synagogues, or other places of worship.” Via the Texas Tribune.
The approved bill has already successfully passed the Texas Senate, now just needing the final approval from the Texas state House. After the House approves the measures, the bill will finally hit the desk of Governor Greg Abbott (R) and be officially finalized. Via the Texas Tribune.
“The existing statute is confusing and clunky and has kept law-abiding Texans from exercising their Second [Amendment] rights where those with evil intentions have tragically targeted innocent lives,” state Sen. Donna Campbell (R), who introduced the bill in the state Senate, told the Tribune in a statement. “This bill provides clarity of the Legislature's intent to treat churches and houses of worship in the same manner as other privately owned establishments in Texas.”
The pro second amendment bill, comes nearly two years after a rogue gunman shot and killed 26 people, inside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The shooter should have never been allowed to legally purchase a firearm due to prior assault convictions, but ultimately obtained one anyway. Via The Hill.
Former NRA instructor and trainer, Stephen Willeford, who lived near the First Baptist Church during the shooting, proceeding to exchange gunfire with the shooter. Willeford and another man ended up chasing down the gunman using a car, allowing them to corner the shooter and call authorities providing the location. The shooter ultimately took his own life, officially dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Via The Hill.
President Trump, along with conservatives from all over the country, continue to argue the stance that if the state of Texas had stricter gun laws, the death count related to the church massacre would have been much more severe.
“And I can only say this: If he didn’t have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead. So that's the way I feel about it. Not going to help,” President Donald Trump said.
Immediately after the shooting at First Baptist Church, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), released an opinion directly calling for the allowance of carrying of firearms inside places of worship. Via The Hill.
Paxton wrote: “unless a church provides effective oral or written notice prohibiting the carrying of handguns on its property, a license holder may carry a handgun onto the premises of church property as the law allows.”
The proposed Texas legislation is a direct response to the results of these horrific and inhumane shootings. Whether it was the 26 deaths in Texas, the one death inside a San Diego synagogue, or the 11 in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting...The current success of this bill is a definite step in the right direction, keeping Americans safe is the overall objective, and arming the good guys is definitely the best idea so far.