March 14, 2023
The never ending battle to defend gun rights from the left is already exhaustive enough.
Now, we have Republicans in Austin locking arms with radical Texas Democrats to make Texas law mirror Biden’s gun control agenda!
Call Republican Speaker Dade Phelan at (512) 463-1000 and urge him to OPPOSE ALL gun control, especially Dan Patrick’s Gun Registry Expansion (SB 728).
Last summer, Republican turncoat US Senator John Cornyn compromised with anti-gun Democrats to dump millions of juvenile records into the National Instant Check System (NICS) and expand the list of prohibited persons for purchasing firearms.
In-spite of the Texas Second Amendment Sanctuary law being passed in 2021 — which was meant to protect Texans from Biden gun control — anti-gun Republican Sen. Joan Huffman is side-stepping the law by opting to bring state law in-line with federal law by filing SB 728.
This draconian scheme will funnel millions more records of law-abiding Texans into NICS, banning them from possessing or purchasing firearms.
Worse, SB 728 already passed through the Senate and is waiting to be referred to committee in the Texas House.
Proponents claim the intent is to “keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.” If that were the case, we wouldn’t be opposing this bill.
But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth, and the devil is ALWAYS in the details.
Under SB 728, adult residents of Texas with certain juvenile offenses will be barred from possessing firearms due to indiscretions as a youth.
Worse, the bill FORCES state reporting to NICS on ALL future juvenile inpatient mental health cases, and opens the records of individuals retroactively who received inpatient mental care after the age of 16 – including the overwhelming majority of cases where there is NO violent risk, and the mental health issue is resolved.
More plainly stated, SB 728 discourages kids from coming forward to seek help for mental health issues by stigmatizing them and removing their Second Amendment rights for the rest of their lives.
NICS is a broken system that needs to be abolished, not expanded.
In fact, more than 94% of firearms purchase denials from NICS are false positives, meaning 94% of those individuals are falsely denied — often because individuals have the same name, or a similar name, to someone who is prohibited from possessing firearms.
Simply put, funneling millions more names into this already flawed system is a recipe for disaster.
We must take action to ensure that these bills – or any bill to expand the Federal gun registry – don’t see the light of day.
It’s sad but not surprising that Senator Joan Huffman is pushing this gun ban database expansion: she’s Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s pet RINO and is often used to do the anti-gun dirty work he doesn’t want to take the blame for.
I’m sure you will remember how both Huffman and Patrick were the thorn in gun owners’ side for open carry, campus carry, and Constitutional Carry – fighting AGAINST the restoration of our Second Amendment rights every step of the way over the past decade… trying to keep Texas in lock-step with liberal, anti-gun bastions like California, New York, Illinois and Connecticut.
And of course, as recently as 2019, Lt. Gov. Patrick called for a MASSIVE NICS expansion through Universal Gun Registration, just as we’re seeing President Biden now ram through by executive order at the federal level.
Thanks to the overwhelming, relentless pressure from Texas Gun Rights members and supporters from across the state, we were able to overcome the hurdles from Lt. Governor Patrick and Senator Huffman to FINALLY make Texas a pro-gun state.
But to make sure Texas remains strong on gun rights, I need you to call House Speaker Dade Phelan at (512) 4631-1000 and tell him to OPPOSE Dan Patrick’s Gun Registry Expansion (SB 728).
Together, we will protect Texans from this assault on their gun rights.
For Texas and Liberty,
Texas Gun Rights
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