gun control

Gun Violence In Schools
4:56 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Teacher Gun Training Bill Heads To House Floor For Debate/Vote

As the entire country continues to grapple with gun violence at schools, the Texas House could be close to a vote on teacher gun training.
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A bill that provides teachers with law enforcement training on how to "take-out" a gunman on campus moves one step closer to becoming law.

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Texas Law Enforcement
9:54 am
Tue April 2, 2013

UPDATE: Interim DA Named In Kaufman County

KERA reporter Bill Zeeble

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 8:12 pm

Update, Tuesday, 8:05 p.m.: Citing security concerns, a federal prosecutor in Houston has decided to remove himself from a large racketeering case involving the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang.

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Texas Legislature
8:05 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Proposed Bill Ready To Push Back Against Federal Gun Legislation

Texas state capitol in Austin where the 83rd Texas Legislature is debating issues like gun control, medicaid expansion, water conservation, and education funding.
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With the support of the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a state lawmaker has filed a bill that would block pending federal assault weapons ban from affecting Texas gun owners. 

Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, said "The Texas Firearms Protection Act" draws a line in the sand when it comes to the ongoing debate in Washington over ban of assault-style weapons like the AR-15, the same type of weapon used in both the Newton, Conn. and Aurora, Colo. mass shootings.

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Government
4:17 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Debate In Austin Over Guns On Campus

Oleg Volt Wikipedia Commons

Lawmakers heard testimony today on a series of bills that would allow college students and professors to carry guns on campus.  College students, professors, and trained professionals spoke to Members of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. Some were in favor of the bill, and many felt threatened by the legislation.  University of North Texas Professor Dr. Tom Silveck said several incidents in his own classroom could have led to the next mass shooting if handguns were allowed in class.

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Texas Legislature
1:03 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Bills Filed Addressing Gun Show Loophole And High-Capacity Magazines

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Over 36 gun bills have been introduced so far this legislative session, ranging from lessening the time it takes to obtain a Concealed Handgun License, to bills like the one authored by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston that puts additional regulations on gun-owners and sellers.

"Currently Texas allows private weapon sales at gun-shows without background checks, so I filed a bill -- SB 1626 -- and it will require background checks for every gun sold in the state of Texas," Ellis said.

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Texas School Safety
9:11 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Creating Marshals to Watch Over Schools

Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 8:22 am

Story as heard on KUT 90.5

Texas lawmakers have rallied around the idea of making elementary schools safer. There have been calls to allow anyone with a concealed handgun license to bring guns onto public school campuses. Or for teachers to get concealed carry licenses.

The latest idea comes from a bill filed by State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas). He wanted to know what schools and professional school security organizations wanted.

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Gun Control
10:45 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Should State Inspectors Carry Concealed Weapons?

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Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 10:21 am

State Regulator Smitherman: 'Much Interest' in Gun Training

As part of the debate over guns and violence, there’s a new twist developing in Texas: the head of one state agency is proposing that its employees should be provided training so they can legally carry a concealed handgun on the job.

The agency has inspectors that enforce the rules on the state’s surging oil and gas drilling industry.

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Government
4:22 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Texas Legislature: Rep. Lavender Proposes Open Carry Law

A bill in the Texas House proposes removing the concealed portion of Texas gun laws allowing license holders to freely display their weapons.

State Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, proposed HB 700, which alters the code that says a firearm can’t be seen, but does require it be in a belt or shoulder holster with dual points of resistance.

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Texas Matters
12:44 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Texas Legislature: What Should We Do With All This Money?

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
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Texas Matters: State revenue numbers look good for this session of the legislature; there is even a surplus. Gov. Rick Perry suggests that the extra money be used to cut taxes, while others want to restore funding to education and health programs that took cuts in the last legislative session. Gun owners in Texas stand their ground as the federal government comes up with its next move to cut down on gun violence.

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Texas Legislature
7:23 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Lawmakers Begin 83rd Legislature Mindful Of Last Session

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Lawmakers are back under the dome of the Texas Capitol for a new session for a new age in politics, with the reminder of what happened two years ago in the back of their minds.

Two years ago, education funding was slashed by $5.4 billion, the use of the state’s emergency "rainy day" fund was frowned upon, and a controversial Voter ID bill got through both chambers but was found unconstitutional against minority voters by the court system.

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