Texas passes looting deterrent bill, sent to Gov

As they wrapped up the 2019 legislative session over the Memorial Day weekend, Texas legislators, by a slim margin, voted to send HB1177, known as the Natural Disasters bill, to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature. Three Republicans folded, joining the Dems.

The NRA-backed measure protects law abiding citizens from being charged with a crime for carrying a handgun without a “license to carry” during declared state or local disasters enabling them to protect their property from looters for a week.

The Dallas Morning News reports, “Under current law, Texans who can legally own a firearm don’t need an additional license to openly carry a long arm, like a AR-15. However, to carry a handgun openly or concealed, Texans must get a ‘license to carry,’ which requires taking a course, including a shooting test, passing a background check and paying a fee.”

The fee is $140 with a $70 renewal after 4-years. The intended to impede processing time runs between 60-180 days.

Gun owners asked for these license rules to be loosened after Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in 2017.  KHOU TV 11 reports, “Looters hit Houston after Harvey to the tune of nearly $1 million.” These homegrown thugs robbed businesses and their neighbor’s flooded homes, while good Samaritans from across the U.S. did whatever they could to provide assistance.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, an appointed Democrat whose annual taxpayer financed salary exceeds $260,000, ignores the realities as he previously told Texas citizens who support our Second Amendment protections, “I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue.”

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6 Responses to Texas passes looting deterrent bill, sent to Gov

  1. Maggie says:

    180 days Is nearly 6 months. A human baby can survive being born that premature. It’s an excessive time processing time for a concealed or open carry permit to be processed. The Second Amendment clearly states, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

  2. Saguaro Sam says:

    Looks like the Houston Police chief won’t be getting a job with the Trump Adminstration.

    However, long-time lawman Chuck Canterbury, who has been the president of the national F.O.P. for the past 16 years, has gotten a call.
    And he is very vocal about his stance on our 2A:

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/27/trump-atf-pick-chuck-canterbury/

  3. Matt DeGennaro says:

    Texas legislative Dems should be required to have signs on their homes, saying “LOOT HERE.” Ditto Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, but of course, he’s armed. It’s only the rest of us he wants vulnerable.

  4. Observer says:

    It’s astonishing that after gruesome school and church shootings in Texas, Democrats have spent their time attempting to weaken this public safety bill.

  5. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    The Texas church assassin who killed 26 and injured 20 others, was shot twice by a former NRA firearms instructor as he fled the church. He was able to drive, but knew law enforcement were on his trail and the coward committed suicide in his van. What better recommendation for concealed carry?

    During the Santa Fe Texas High School massacre,10 people, including 8 students and two teachers, were killed and thirteen others were wounded. Imagine if an armed teacher had been able to mount a defense against this slaughter?

  6. Frankly Speaking says:

    Barack Obama was always fighting for increased gun restrictions for Americans, but his daughters attended an elite private D.C. school that employed armed guards. That double standard sums up what Dems are all about.