TTAG reader DH writes:
The House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee met today and heard a variety of bills. Two bills of note, the aptly designated HB308 which would expand current CHL holders to carry in churches, hospitals, amusement parks, etc…”guns everywhere” bill, and HB284 which would change the minimum caliber from .32 to .22 to qualify with for s CHL. HB284 had no opposition. Several people testified for it. HB308 had the usual moms, Dems and Docs forecasting doom and gloom and blood running in the streets . . .
Fortunately, Chair (Larry) Phillips kept focus and reminded the hoplophobes that carrying on private property is at the discretion of the owner. If the flock doesn’t want guns, the preacher can post a 30.06 sign. Private property is private property.
The spokeswoman for Mikey’s Manic Moms had a few gems. First one said she represented the “150K Texas Moms who oppose HB308…”
She also said this gem…”We support the 2nd Amend, but the 2nd amendment allows for some common sense.” – I’m pretty sure that we would differ in our interpretation of that.
Another MDA “volunteer” said the legislature should be working to support background checks “because that is the only proven way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people”…
They did vote out a couple of bills to the floor, one of which was HB593, supported by canines throughout Texas – “paws up, don’t shoot”. It requires animal encounter training for law enforcement officers. No doubt in response to the Austin PD’s current Glock oriented method.
HB910 (Open Carry) and HB937 (Campus Carry) were not voted on today, and are still pending in committee.