fbpx
Connect with us

Texas News

Texas lawmakers closed a background check loophole, but many gun measures failed to pass

Published

on

Texas lawmakers closed a background check loophole, but many gun measures failed to pass

Texas lawmakers closed a background check loophole, but many

gun measures failed to pass

” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and

engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Advertisement

Sign up for The Brief, The Texas Tribune's daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most

essential .


The first legislative session since the worst school shooting in

Texas

history ended with several proposals that would have limited some access to guns failing to get traction, though one firearm safety

bill became law.

Advertisement

Senate Bill 728, from Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, closes a loophole in state law that allowed people who had serious mental health issues as juveniles

to legally purchase firearms. Despite a previous state

law

, courts were not reporting juvenile psychiatric hospitalizations to a federal gun background check system.

Under the new law, a judge's orders that a minor receive inpatient mental health treatment will now be reported in the background check system

Advertisement

that federally licensed dealers are required to check before they sell someone a firearm.

In an investigation last year, The Texas Tribune

and ProPublica found that local courts were not reporting juvenile records because of problems with the way the law was written, vague guidance

from the state and conflicts with other Texas laws.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill Friday. It takes effect Sept. 1.

Advertisement

It was a rare instance of a bill that could limit some gun access making it through Texas' Republican-led Legislature, which has steadily

loosened firearm restrictions. Lawmakers supporting the measure argued that it didn't change existing state or federal laws.

Notably, lawmakers did not pass a bill that would have raised the minimum age to purchase certain semi-automatic firearms from 18 to 21. The

families of Uvalde school shooting victims passionately and vocally pushed for House Bill 2744, from Rep. Tracy King, D-

Batesville.

Advertisement

A House committee unexpectedly advanced HB

2744, but the bill missed a key legislative deadline the following

day

. Lawmakers' efforts to revive the provision through amendments subsequently failed, and neither chamber ever debated the idea or held a record vote on the proposal. The Uvalde gunman legally

bought his firearms within days of turning 18 and soon after killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School.

Lawmakers also passed a bill aimed at preventing credit card companies and banks in the state from tracking the purchases of guns, ammo and

Advertisement

accessories. In an interview with Dana Loesch, bill author Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, said that gun control advocates — including U.S. Sen.

Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — have been pushing credit card companies to begin such data collection.

Other bills received some support but didn't make it to Abbott's desk. They included one that would have designated August as Firearm Safety

Awareness Month, another that would have outlawed tiny

devices

used to modify handguns essentially into fully automatic firearms and another that would have restricted straw purchases, which is

Advertisement

when a person buys a gun for another person who is not allowed to have one.

State Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, carried SB 728, the gun bill closing the

background check loophole. He represents Allen, where a gunman armed with an AR-15-style rifle killed eight people and wounded at least seven others

in May at an outlet mall.

“There are many individuals and many groups whose first response — and they tell us to do something, just do something — they want us to do

Advertisement

something and I've always kind of resisted just doing something because I think that we should do the right thing,” Leach said in laying out SB 728 11 days after the Allen shooting. “We should be interested in being careful and safely

guarding our Second Amendment rights but also doing the right things that can curb unnecessary and tragic gun violence.”


Go behind the headlines with newly announced speakers at the 2023 Texas Tribune Festival, in downtown Austin from Sept. 21-23. Join them to get their take

on what's next for Texas and the nation.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/06/texas-guns-legislation-

Advertisement

2023/

.

The Texas Tribune is a member-supported, nonpartisan newsroom informing and engaging Texans on state politics and policy. Learn more at

texastribune.org.

Did you miss our previous article…
https://www.galvestontrendingnews.com/?p=977

Advertisement

Texas News

Here’s how to donate to Wildfire victims in Smokehouse Creek fire

Published

on

www.kxan.com – Maiya Turner – 2024-03-02 16:07:36

SUMMARY: The Smokehouse Creek fire in Texas spread rapidly from 100,000 to 500,000 acres in a single day. Donation sites have been established in various cities, including Borger, Amarillo, Pampa, Stinnett, Logan, and Dallam-Hartley Counties, to help those affected by the disaster. The community is coming together to provide monetary donations, livestock feed, and essential items like toiletries and snacks. Organizations such as the Amarillo Fire Department and the Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund are working to collect donations and support those impacted by the wildfires. The effort to assist those affected by the fire is ongoing and support is still greatly needed.

Read the full article

The post Here’s how to donate to Wildfire victims in Smokehouse Creek fire appeared first on www.kxan.com

Continue Reading

Texas News

Rebekah A. Byler update: Shawn Cranston arrested after pregnant Amish woman murdered in Spartanburg, Pa. home

Published

on

abc13.com – ABCNews – 2024-03-02 15:27:28

SUMMARY: Police have arrested 52-year-old Shawn Cranston in connection to the murder of 23-year-old pregnant Amish woman Rebekah Byler in rural Pennsylvania. Byler was found dead with cuts to her head and neck in Sparta Township. Cranston is facing charges including criminal homicide of an unborn child. The community is shocked by the rare violent crime in their tight-knit town. The investigation is ongoing, and the motive remains unknown. The suspect is being held without bond at Crawford County Jail. The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing to investigate the case.

Read the full article

The post Rebekah A. Byler update: Shawn Cranston arrested after pregnant Amish woman murdered in Spartanburg, Pa. home appeared first on abc13.com

Continue Reading

Texas News

4 arrested on drug charges in Elgin following raid

Published

on

www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2024-03-02 14:10:10

SUMMARY: Four individuals were arrested in Elgin during a raid conducted by the Elgin Police Department. Angela Alvarado, Ivan Cook, Anthony Joiner, and Jamaal Bradley face charges related to the delivery or possession of controlled substances. The police seized firearms, narcotics, cash, and electronics during the raid. The area where the raid took place has been a site of violent crimes, drug trafficking, and other criminal activities, including a double murder in 2023. The Elgin PD has been conducting investigations and making arrests related to narcotics in the area. The DEA field offices in Austin and Houston, as well as local sheriff’s offices, assisted in the raid. Additional information can be provided to Sergeant Nichole Brimhall.

Read the full article

The post 4 arrested on drug charges in Elgin following raid appeared first on www.kxan.com

Continue Reading

News from the South

Trending