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When Greg Abbott was Attorney General of Texas, he placed an add in some New York newspapers, calling for citizens who are unhappy with the state’s new gun control laws, to move to Texas where they value and protect gun rights.

As governor, Abbott has often defended gun rights, but it seems as if the once staunch 2nd Amendment Abbott may be waffling when it comes to gun rights.

Abbott as proposed his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan and while on the surface, much of it looks good, such as arming teachers, restricting access to school buildings and requiring a distinctive active shooter alarm.

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However, it’s being reported that Abbott wants to toughen the state’s safe gun storage laws to make it harder for homeowners to defend themselves.

(The Austin Chronicle) – We’ve got to do something.” So says Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman, on a subject where Texas has become excellent at doing nothing – reducing the frequency and toll of gun violence. Since 1995, when then-Gov. George W. Bush signed the state’s concealed-carry law, lawmakers, politicians, and activists have striven ever harder to out-Second-Amendment each other, and even minor regulatory moves to make Texas safer have gone nowhere.

The massacres of churchgoers in tiny Sutherland Springs and of high school kids in suburban Santa Fehave, at least for now, changed the terms of debate. “There’s definitely some movement,” says Herman, a veteran judge who, as part of his duties, oversees the mental health docket (e.g., involuntary commitment) for dozens of counties in addition to Travis.

That movement began under the pink dome with Gov. Greg Abbott’s unveiling in late May of his “School and Firearm Safety Action Plan.” While most of the 43-page document has much more to do with schools than with guns, Abbott – informed by the work of a citizen and expert task force – added a call for the Legislature to explore modifications to the state’s gun laws…

It’s reported that Abbott wants to toughen up the penalty for violating the safe gun storage law by making it a felony instead of a misdemeanor and upping the age from 16 to 18 for those not allowed access to a gun regardless if it is loaded or unloaded. There have been more Texans who have used their guns at home to defend themselves and their kids than there have been victims of mass shootings in the state, but under Abbott’s proposal, fewer people will be legally allowed to defend themselves and their kids because their guns will be locked up.




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