Governor Greg Abbott held a signing ceremony at the Alamo in San Antonio this morning to sign into law seven bills designed to extend and protect the right to keep and bear arms in the Lone Star State. It was a clean sweep for gun rights supporters in the just-completed legislative session, one of the most successful ever.
The most prominent of the seven bills is, of course, HB 1927, the one that makes Texas the 21st constitutional carry state in the nation. It’s good to see Texas turn green on the map below, the one that chronicles the truly remarkable progress the fight for gun rights has made in this country over the last 35 years.
The constitutional carry law won’t take effect until September 1. The other six new laws will . . .
- Make Texas a Second Amendment sanctuary state
- Prohibit the state from contracting with companies that discriminate against firearms industry-related businesses
- Allow those who open carry to do so in whatever holster they choose (current law mandates a belt or shoulder holster)
- Prohibit state government from shutting down gun and ammunition sales during a declared emergency
- Allow travelers in the state to store any firearms they’re carrying in their hotel room
- Exempt suppressors that are built, sold, and remain in the state from regulation under the National Firearms Act
The NSSF is particularly appreciative of the nondiscrimination law that Governor Abbott signed and issued this statement . . .
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearm industry trade association, praised Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for signing SB 19, the Firearm Industry Nondiscrimination (FIND) Act into law. The law will now prevent “woke” corporations from profiting from Texas tax dollars and using those profits to fund efforts to deny those same taxpayers their Second Amendment rights.
Gov. Abbott held a signing ceremony at San Antonio’s Alamo for the FIND Act, and other gun-related laws, including state constitutional carry of firearms and the NSSF-supported legislation prohibiting the state government from closing firearm-related businesses during emergencies.
“Governor Abbott and the Texas legislature sent a clear message that Texas is not willing to sell out the Second Amendment rights of her citizens. Governor Abbott recognizes it is wrong to compel freedom-loving Texans to fund corporate gun control,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “This is what bold and decisive leadership looks like. This is what it means to put principle before profit and what it means to put an end to corporate boardroom activism that openly discriminates against the firearm industry. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is grateful for Texas leading the way on this model legislation to protect our rights and end corporate discrimination against lawful businesses.”
The new law requires corporations seeking to do business with the state and local government to certify that they hold no policies that discriminate against firearms or ammunition companies and will not implement any such policies while the contracts are in force. The law ensures that taxpayer-funded contracts aren’t used to benefit policies that discriminate and deny services to firearm and ammunition-related businesses. Texas taxpayers won’t be burdened with funding discriminatory policies that undermine their rights and throttle the businesses that provide the means to exercise those rights.
NSSF is especially grateful to Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for designating the FIND Act as priority legislation that was crucial to the state. NSSF thanks Republican state Sen. Charles Schwertner who sponsored the bill and Republican state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione who ushered it through the state’s House of Representatives. NSSF is also grateful to the NRA for their STRONG support of this groundbreaking legislation that is vital to the success of the firearm and ammunition industry.