The 85th Texas legislative session, which ended on May 29, was a successful one for gun owners. In all, Gov. Greg Abbott signed seven pro-gun bills into law; all take effect on Sept. 1.
Senate Bill 16 reduces the cost to obtain a carry permit from $140 to $40 and reduces the price of a renewal permit from $70 to $40.
House Bill 1819 provides protection for gun owners purchasing a suppressor.
Senate Bill 263 repeals the minimum caliber requirement (.32) for demonstrating handgun proficiency during the range instruction portion of the carry permit course.
Senate Bill 1566 allows school employees with valid carry permits to transport and store firearms out of sight in their locked cars and trucks.
Senate Bill 2065 allows volunteers—including those with carry permits—providing security at places of worship to be exempt from the requirements of the Private Security Act.
House Bill 1935 repeals the prohibition of knives by eliminating them from the prohibited weapons section of the Texas Penal Code.
House Bill 3784 allows approved persons to offer an online course to cover the classroom portion of the required training for carry permits.
CNN Commentator Can’t Argue With “Good Guys With Guns” Logic
A CNN commentator seems to be frustrated that the latest high-profile shooting—in which a Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on GOP congressmen at a baseball practice—doesn’t fit the typical anti-gun narrative.
As pointed out in a feature at newsbusters.com, CNN Commentator Marc Lamont Hill is upset that the shooting wasn’t one to allow anti-gunners to gain support for their gun-ban schemes.
“But if you are on the right this week, this was your perfect case study,” Hill said. “The whole argument of: Good guy with a gun beats a bad guy with a gun. I disagree with that argument, but this was a case study that’s almost hard for the left to push back. And we wanted to, but it was hard to.”
In fact, good guys with guns save themselves and others from bad guys with guns several times each day. But reporters like Hill would rather ignore that fact while pushing for more restrictive regulations for law-abiding gun owners.
Appeals Court Upholds Nashville Gun Show Ban
A Tennessee court has upheld a ban on gun shows put in place by the Metro Nashville Fair Board.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals last week ruled against the challenge by gun rights advocates and a gun show organizer.
“Now, more than ever, cities need to be able to implement reasonable gun protections,” said Kenny Byrd, a former Metro board commissioner who helped put the gun show rules into place. “We have saved lives by stopping city-funded gun shows.”
In fact, Byrd and other commissioners might cost lives by making purchasing a gun more difficult for law-abiding Tennesseans wishing to buy a firearm for defense of themselves and their families. But anti-gun advocates seldom think of those possible ramifications to their bans.
Idaho City Ordered To Pay Gun Club’s Attorney Fees
The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that the city of Hauser must reimburse the Hauser Lake Rod and Gun Club for fees accrued in a legal battle dating back to 2012. The gun club was issued a notice of code violation due to the noise generated at its shooting range. The club was eventually victorious in the resulting lawsuit because it is located outside the city’s jurisdiction, but the district court declined to award it damages.
Now that the higher court has reversed this decision, the gun club may receive a large figure.
“It’s a substantial amount of money,” according to club member Jerry Paulus. “It’s been over a five-year process.” The club reportedly paid over $20,000 in attorney fees in 2012 alone.
Hauser Lake Rod and Gun Club will spend the next few weeks organizing receipts to establish the amount of damages.
Armed Woman Stops Hatchet Attack On Neighbor
Last Tuesday, a Tennessee woman watched a car pull into her neighbor’s driveway. Shortly after, she saw the neighbor’s two young children run out of the house screaming, “He’s got her.”
In a chilling scenario reported by WSMV-TV, William Taylor II entered his ex-wife’s home armed with a hatchet. When the children ran, the neighbor grabbed her gun. She and her husband burst into the home and found Taylor striking his wife. The neighbor fired a warning shot, but when Taylor kept up the assault, she shot the suspect twice before he crashed through a back window to escape.
Investigators found Taylor dead, while the ex-wife was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Making a tragic story more devastating, Taylor was wearing an ankle monitor meant to protect his estranged wife. Months earlier, Taylor was charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping and rape.
“The system failed,” says another neighbor, Michelle Powers. “She (the armed neighbor) stepped up, and she did what she had to do. He would’ve killed her.”