Working closely with law enforcement and local advocates, Giffords helped defeat two dangerous permitless carry bills in Texas this year. Two members of the Giffords Law Enforcement Coalition, formerly known as the Americans for Responsible Solutions Law Enforcement Coalition for Common Sense, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, spoke out against permitless carry in Texas. If passed, these bills would have allowed any eligible person to purchase a firearm and carry both open and concealed handguns in public without a permit. One of the dangerous permitless carry proposals would have gone even further by prohibiting college and university campuses from preventing individuals from carrying concealed handguns on their campuses. Giffords also helped defeat two liability bills backed by the gun lobby that would have interfered with Texas private property owners’ basic right to determine what is safe and reasonable for their own property. For example, businesses that did not permit concealed carry permit holders to carry handguns on their premises would be held liable for any damages that could have been prevented by an individual carrying a handgun on their premises. The legislation also included limited civil immunity to businesses that allowed CCW holders to carry handguns on their premises, meaning that business owners and apartment complex owners would be held strictly liable for damages if they prohibited license holders from carrying concealed handguns on their premises. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez also used her voice to oppose the gun lobby’s harmful agenda in Congress with an op-ed in The Hill in 2017, Our police officers need protection from gun violence too.
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