No more promises without action.
On February 14, 2018, 17 high schoolers were murdered by a former student with a legally-purchased AR-15. Parkland was the United States' thirtieth mass shooting to date in 2018 - with more than one school shooting occurring per week in 2018 alone.
Donald Trump’s calls for arming teachers and putting guns in our schools put our kids in more danger, and it's an attempt to distract the American people from the real issue at hand: the NRA has bought and paid for our Congressional legislators.
Texas has a proud tradition of responsible gun ownership. But more firearms do not keep people safe - and the numbers prove it. We have to treat the gun violence epidemic in our country like the urgent public health crisis it is.
But instead, Congress wants to make it easier to commit mass shootings, by passing one of the NRA's top priorities: concealed carry reciprocity, or HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Under this legislation, states would be required to recognize other states’ standards governing the possession of concealed firearms in public.
That means that even though one state may have tough regulations such as a permit or training requirement, that state would have to allow people from other states with lower standards - like Texas, where our state legislators have passed laws that allow people to carry weapons with perhaps no permit or training required at all - to carry concealed firearms without following the tough regulations put in place.
There's a reason that every major law enforcement association opposes this bill. It has disastrous implications for public safety. HR 38 would make it easier for more dangerous people, like stalkers, domestic abusers, and people who have committed violent crimes to carry loaded, concealed guns in more public places.
Add your name to stand with Julie in opposing the NRA's push for concealed carry reciprocity today.