UPDATED 10:50 AM PT — Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Texas’s Congress is fighting back as the nation’s legislature increases the desire to restrict the Second Amendment. In May of this year, the 86th Texas legislature reportedly approved 10 firearm laws, which are set to take effect on September 1st. The new laws aim to safeguard a citizen’s right to carry handguns, and protect them from being vulnerable in lawsuits endangering this right.
This comes as the shooting in El Paso has been widely politicized by 2020 Democrat candidates who are fighting for more gun control. Meanwhile, Governor Greg Abbott, who signed all 10 of the Texas bills, refrained from commenting on the gun control issue in the wake of the attack. Instead, he focused efforts on grieving for the victims killed.
Now in the beautiful city of El Paso.
Texans grieve today for the people of this wonderful place.
We unite in support of all the victims.
We thank First Responders for their swift action.
We ask God to bind up the wounds of all who’ve been harmed. pic.twitter.com/2l8jDPHbe1
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 3, 2019
Already approved before the El Paso shooting, Texas legislature will implement a law encouraging businesses to adopt permissive policies for law abiding citizens to carry handguns on company grounds. The laws will provide protection to businesses, who choose not to post signs indicating a gun-free zone. It will also give leniency to those with a license to carry, who unknowingly enter establishments that ban firearms.
The NRA, who has backed the Texas laws, said they will continue working to pursue real solutions to protect American citizens.
“These rights are the cornerstone and the foundation of our free society,” said NRA CEO Wayne Lapierre. “These rights continue to make America not just different, but they continue to make America better than other countries.”
Other laws included aim to protect those who have the license to carry at places of religious worship, at disaster areas, and at property where they reside as tenants.
Another bill to take effect seeks to protect the youth, and will allow public schools to designate more armed marshals to guard campuses and some foster homes to safely store firearms.