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Bill To Decriminalize Firearm Suppressors in Texas Passes Out of Committee

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The Tenth Amendment Center reports that last week a Texas House committee passed a bill that decriminalizes firearm sound suppressors under state law.

State Representative Tom Oliverson introduced House Bill 2286 on February 25, 2019.

Mike Maharrey details what this bill would do:

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Under the proposed law, state agencies could not adopt any rule, order, ordinance, or policy to enforce a federal statute, order, rule, or regulation that purports to regulate a firearm suppressor that does not exist under the laws the state. It would also repeal a provision of state law making it an offense to possess, manufacture, transport, repair or sell a firearm suppressor unless it is registered by the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

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On April 10, the House State Affairs Committee passed HB 2286 unanimously by a 11-0 vote.

If passed, HB 2286 would discontinue all state regulation of firearm suppressors.

Contrary to media portrayals, suppressors only muffle the sound guns make. They do not make guns go silent.

The National Firearms Act was the first comprehensive piece of legislation that regulated these so-called “silencers”.

Maharrey notes that the “feds charge a $200 tax on the purchase of the devices. Buying one also requires months-long waits after filing extensive paperwork with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.”

This repeal of state suppressor restrictions in Texas would not change the federal law on the books, nor would it put a stop to federal enforcement. Maharrey points out that it “would remove a layer of law hindering access to these harmless devices.”

Texas grassroots activist Tom Glass added,“It would not stop feds from attempting to enforce, but at least it would get Texas law right.”

With the federal government failing to move the needle on gun policy, many states and local political entities have taken policy matters into their own hands.

Liberty Conservative News reported on various counties in Colorado and New Mexico that are refusing to enforce their state’s gun control laws.

Although the 2019 session of the Texas State Legislature is approaching its end, bills like HB 2286 represent a new avenue pro-gun organizations are taking to expand gun rights.

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Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit

She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.

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A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.

Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.

Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.

A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.

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Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.

So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.

Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:

The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.

Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.

Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”

He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”

Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.

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