Despite fears of a backdoor gun confiscation bill being snuck in at the last minute, Texas gun confiscation bill HB 545 is officially dead.
Lone Star Gun Rights reports that “HB 545 has been defeated.”
Bill sponsor Poncho Nevarez “postponed the bill until 2021 which means the bill is dead.”
Groups like Lone Star Gun Rights and Texas Gun Rights sounded the alarms on this bill in the past few weeks.
In a national email addressed to members, National Association for Gun Rights President Dudley Brown claimed that HB 545 could haved stripped “Texans of their right to bear arms without proper due process all under the guise of “mental health.”
The NAGR president also stated that HB 545 was “even more extensive than Obama’s veteran gun ban meaning veterans in Texas will get the brunt of the ill effects of this bill, and rumors even suggest that HB 545 could be amended with dangerous “Red Flag” gun confiscation language.”
Chris McNutt, the Executive Director of Texas Gun Rights, declared that “Like “Red Flag” gun confiscation orders, HB 545 already infringes upon law-abiding Texans of their right to bear arms without a crime even being committed.”
The bill quickly passed the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and was supposed to be voted on by the full Texas House of Representatives on May 9.
However, grassroots gun rights activists applied enough pressure to stop this bill in its tracks.
McNutt shared his thoughts with BLP:
Speaker Bonnen allowed gun control to come to the house floor for a vote while Constitutional Carry languished in committee. But thanks to the quick action and phone calls of our members, we forced Poncho Nevarez to withdraw his bill from consideration by the Texas House, thus killing his own bill.
Had it passed, HB 545 would have hurt gun rights in Texas considerably, which is constitutionally protected both at the state and federal level.
With the the 2019 legislative session quickly coming to a close, Texas is likely safe from gun control until the 2021 legislative session.
Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation
Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.
If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.
Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.
At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”
In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.”
Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”
According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”
When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.
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