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TX – GUN RIGHTS – Don’t tread on Texans’ gun rights, Abbott says in plan to ‘protect’ Second Amendment

Lawmakers are back in Austin for the first legislative session since the mass shootings in El Paso and Midland-Odessa, presenting an opportunity to the address gun laws in a state where more than 3,000 people are killed with a gun each year. It’s a familiar position for lawmakers, who went into the 2019 session in the wake of mass shootings at a church in Sutherland Springs and a high school in Santa Fe. Gov. Greg Abbott, for one, is focused on making Texas a “Second Amendment sanctuary state.” “Politicians from the federal level to the local level have shouted: ‘Heck yes, the government is coming to get your guns,’” Abbott said, referencing Beto O’Rourke’s remarks during his 2020 Democratic bid for president when he said: “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.” “We won’t let that happen in Texas,” Abbott said. “Last session, I signed 10 laws to protect gun rights in Texas. This session we need to erect a complete barrier against any government office anywhere from treading on gun rights in Texas. Texas must be a Second Amendment sanctuary state.” But when it comes to measures offered by gun safety advocates, Abbott appears less enthusiastic. “The goal that I’m seeking to achieve is to do the maximum to protect Second Amendment Rights,” Abbott told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram when asked about measures like “red flag” laws or universal background checks. Abbott’s call for Texas to become a “Second Amendment sanctuary” left some confused about what exactly he was proposing during his State of the State address on Monday. “I don’t know what that means, and, to my knowledge, the governor has not elaborated on that,” said State Rep. Chris Turner, a Grand Prairie Democrat.  [full article]

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