Since the horrific mass shooting in El Paso in 2019, Texas has done very little to protect its communities, letting down its residents and endangering far too many lives.
In 2015, legislators enacted a law allowing people to carry hidden, loaded guns on college campuses, a move that threatens public safety and free speech. In 2017, Texas had the 27th-highest gun death rate among the states and, though it was a major importer of crime guns, nearly 85% of crime guns recovered that year in Texas were originally sold in the state. In addition to repealing its dangerous campus carry law, Texas legislators should consider requiring background checks on all gun sales, enacting an extreme risk protection order law, and strengthening laws that restrict access to firearms by domestic abusers.
What Texas Does Well
- Mental health record reporting
- Child access prevention laws
What Texas Is Missing
- Universal background checks
- Gun owner licensing
- Extreme risk protection orders
- Most domestic violence gun laws
- Assault weapon restrictions
- Large capacity magazine ban
- Waiting periods
- Strong concealed carry law
- Open carry regulations
- Community violence intervention funding
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