Texas has always been considered a gun friendly state, making rise to misconceptions of open-carry myths and guns being handed out “just because you are in Texas.” Legislation exists in Texas just as much as any other state to protect its citizens as well as to advocate Second Amendment rights. Many states have stricter gun laws than Texas, but while in the wake of tragedies across the country, people have been urging at a national level for legislation and a solution. In the event of laws being passed on the federal level, even Texas would be subject to the new legislation.
Just last week the Senate Judiciary Committee passed initial bans on firearms. Bills were to be placed before the Senate for a full discussion and vote in order to determine the future of gun legislation in this country.
Today, leaders of the Democratic Party made a decision to not include the assault weapons ban within the legislation to be placed before the full Senate. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, main creator of the assault weapons ban, after discussion with Majority Leader Harry Reid, will most likely offer the ban as an amendment, which can be dismissed from the main legislation during the proceedings (Fox News).
It is believed that this is a strategic plan for less radical legislation to be passed in order to get some gun legislation on the Federal level. Legislation including universal background checks or high capacity magazines may be easier to pass than a lengthy ban on firearms (Fox News).
Texas, like many states, is waiting for the discussions and vote in anticipation, but gun advocates across the nation are able to breath a bit easier with the removal of assault weapons as the main concern.
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