Sen. Huffines Fights To Advance Second Amendment Liberty
Seeks to advance, defend and restore a constitutional right which our nation's founders sought to permanently safeguard with the Second Amendment
AUSTIN — Senator Don Huffines (R-Dallas) today filed a package of bills to advance and defend law-abiding Texans' God-given right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and their families, as enshrined in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Senator Huffines stated, "Second Amendment liberty is critical for the preservation of all of our other liberties. Law-abiding Texans have a right to self-protection, to keep our families safe, and to enjoy the great outdoors. Wherever state government interferes with that right, or unduly burdens it, it is my duty as a state legislator to fix it."
Senate Joint Resolution 30 - Permanent Ban on a State or Local Government Gun Registry
Senator Huffines stated, "Law-abiding gun owners in Texas don't need the burden of reporting, and state government has no need for that information. This proposed constitutional amendment is an important safeguard: if future leaders and legislators try to impose a gun registry, they'll have to go directly to Texas voters to get it done. It's critically important to make our constitution crystal clear on the subject so there's no sneak attack or backdoor, dark of the night attempt to create a gun registry. Many other states already have this provision in their constitutions, and it's high time our state made the same commitment to Texas gun owners"
Senate Bill 458 - No Extra Charges for License to Carry Holders
Senator Huffines stated, "When a license to carry (LTC) holder is pulled over and suspected of driving while intoxicated, too often their firearm is used against them by the legal system, which adds additional criminal charges for possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Often times individuals suspected of DWIs are only charged with unlawful possession because the threshold for carrying while intoxicated is typically much lower than the threshold for driving while intoxicated. Carrying on one's person while intoxicated is dangerous and operating a vehicle while intoxicated is incredibly reckless and irresponsible; both will continue to be illegal with very steep penalties. However, because of an unclear law, LTC holders are being charged with Class A misdemeanors for possession of a firearm, even when that weapon is safely locked away or out of reach in their vehicle. SB 458 clarifies that an individual can only be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if they are carrying a handgun on their person while intoxicated."
Senate Bill 459 - No Local Regulation of Guns
Senator Huffines stated, "On too many issues, a handful of liberal politicians in city halls and county courthouses have made it clear that they are willing to go to great lengths to undermine Texans' personal and economic liberties. The Texas Legislature is obligated to make sure over-zealous local politicians do not stand between law-abiding, honest Texans and their Second Amendment rights. That's why we're going to prevent the imposition of local taxes and regulations on gun owners before they happen. It's Texas' obligation to keep the Second Amendment strong against all enemies, whether they are in Washington, D.C. or in a local government office."
Senate Concurrent Resolution 8 - Naming the Cannon as the as the Official State Gun of Texas
Senator Huffines stated, "From the 'Come and Take It' cannon in Gonzales to Smokey the Cannon of the University of Texas at Austin, our state's unique identity and spirit has long been inspired by many famous cannons. Cannons serve as powerful reminders of Texans' epic struggle for freedom - both historic and ongoing - and they highlight the unique heritage shared by the millions who proudly call Texas home."