By Trey Rusk
Texas had a relatively quiet legislative session. Many laws were passed and Governor Greg Abbott only vetoed 58 bills. Texas has line item veto and Governor Abbott didn't use it.
Texas weapon laws are pretty broad. In most cases folks can carry just about any type of weapon. This year a Constitutional Carry bill was filed and it would have probably passed. But not when a pro-gun activist showed up at some legislators' homes. I think this person pissed our legislators off and Texans don't like to be told what to do. If you want something, ask for it. Don't demand it.
The reason I believe that's the reason the CC bill did not pass is because other weapons bills easily passed. Licensed Concealed Carry Texans can now carry a concealed pistol in church. This used to be a Class A misdemeanor with jail time and a $4000 fine. Even a non-licensed person caught carrying a gun in church with the passing of this new bill can only be fined a maximum of $200 and no jail time.
Our legislature not only passed the church carry bill, but they Honored Stephen Willeford for shooting that no good POS that murdered all those folks at the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church.
Mr. Willeford lives close to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He heard gunfire and he grabbed his rifle and ran for the church. He spotted the gunman and with help from a neighbor and that neighbor’s truck, chased the gunman away from the church. Twenty-six people died and 20 others were hurt. There is no telling how many lives Mr. Willeford saved with his courageous action.
After the church shooting some gun control bills were also filed during this session. Mr. Willeford addressed this by saying, “I think we have more than enough gun laws." “Someone that is going to do something like this, they have already broken so many laws, it’s ridiculous.” “If you want to enforce the ones that we have, that’s one thing, but we don’t need more gun laws,” he added.
Thank you Mr. Stephen Willeford. A good guy with a gun.
That's the way I see it.