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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.”


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Tamayo Perry, pipeline surfer who appeared in ‘Blue Crush,’ killed in shark attack near Oahu’s North Shore in Hawaii

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SUMMARY: Tamayo Perry, a renowned surfer and lifeguard, was killed in a shark attack near Oahu, Hawaii's North Shore, off Goat Island on Sunday afternoon. Perry, 49, had been a lifeguard with Honolulu Ocean Safety since 2016, a local surf coach, and a competitor in Pipeline Master Trials. He also appeared in the movie “Blue Crush” and TV shows “Hawaii Five-O” and “The Bridge.” Mayor Rick Blangiardi praised Perry's bravery and commitment, stating his heroic efforts would be remembered. Perry's body, showing signs of multiple shark bites, was retrieved by jet ski following an emergency call around 1 p.m.

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Buc-ee’s to open second location in Kentucky

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www.kxan.com – Anthony Torres – 2024-06-24 03:18:09

SUMMARY: Buc-ee’s newest travel center will open in Smiths Grove, Kentucky on Monday, marking the second location in the state after Richmond’s April 2022 opening. The new location will be Buc-ee’s 50th store across Texas and the South. Stan Beard from Buc-ee’s expressed excitement over the warm community welcome. The Smiths Grove travel center will cover 53,000 square feet and create at least 200 local jobs. Additionally, the largest Buc-ee’s in the country recently opened in Luling, Central Texas, on June 10, spanning 75,000 square feet.

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Sheriff’s Office pulls body from Lake Travis cove

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www.kxan.com – Cora Neas – 2024-06-23 22:26:30

SUMMARY: A body matching the description of a missing swimmer was found Sunday evening after a search by multiple agencies, according to a press release from the Travis County Sheriff's Office (TCSO). The 70-year-old man, not wearing a life vest, went underwater Saturday afternoon in a cove near Arkansas Bend County Park. The search involved TCSO Lake Patrol, Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD), Lake Travis Fire Rescue, STAR Flight, and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). On Sunday, the body was recovered from a depth of 29 feet using remotely operated vehicles and sonar. TCSO stated no crime is suspected but did not identify the body.

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