Making Democracy Work

Gun Safety

Update by Aimee Mobley Turney (Houston) Gun Safety Issue Chair

Wrap up 84th legislative session

Testimony

Coalitions and Resources

Resources

  • The Law Center to Prevent Gun ViolenceThe Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly Legal Community Against Violence) is a national law center focused on providing comprehensive legal expertise in support of gun violence prevention and the promotion of smart gun laws that save lives. As a nonprofit organization founded by attorneys, we remain dedicated to preventing the loss of lives caused by gun violence through educating the public, free of charge, on America's gun laws and the solutions that will reduce the epidemic of gun violence in this country.

  • Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate organization of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV). The organization has engaged in a number of successful public education campaigns over the years aimed at reducing gun death and injury.

  • Moms Demand Action Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan grassroots movement to mobilize moms and families to advocate for stronger gun laws

  • Texas Gun Sense Texas Gun Sense is a nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce gun violence by supporting research-based policy and raising public awareness of common sense solutions.

  • Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus opposes legislation that mandates that colleges and universities allow students to carry concealed handguns on campus.

  • Texas Department of Public Safety FAQS on CHL

Data:

2015

2014 2013 News

Acronyms: What Does That Mean?

CHL Concealed Hand Gun License

DPS Department of Public Safety

Positions LWV-TX

The LWV-TX position is based on the LWV-US position on Gun Safety.

Gun Control

  • Protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons. Support regulation of firearms for consumer safety.

More complete information on the LWV position on gun safety

Position LWV-US

Violence Prevention

  • Support violence prevention programs in communities.

Gun Control

  • Protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons. Support regulation of firearms for consumer safety.

More complete information on the LWV position on gun safety

Issue Studies and Explanation

At the 1990 Convention the LWV-US took the then rare step of adopting the gun control position by concurrence rather than issue study. lwv.org

History of LWV-TX Action

1993 and 1995: Utilizing this position and with the blessing of LWV-TX, several local Leagues opposed passage of legislation allowing Texans to carry concealed weapons. A concealed weapons law was enacted in 1995. The law required would-be weapons carriers to undergo training and be licensed by the state.

2001: Several gun control bills worked their way through the 77th session. Legislation, which did not pass, would have banned gun possession by juveniles convicted of felony-level crimes. Other legislation supported by the League, which also didn't pass, related to background checks of all sales at gun shows.

2003: There was a great deal of interest in who should be allowed to carry handguns and with allowing gun permit holders in other states to carry handguns in Texas. The League strongly opposes the new law that took away the power of the cities to have "Gun Free Zones" on designated municipal property. Courts, schools, and race-tracks were exempted.

2015 Texas continues to encourage the ownership and use of guns. Gun Laws passed this session include an Open Carry law which allows Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders to carry a gun visibly and a Campus Carry law which allows CHL license holders to carry on public school colleges and universities.