(CNN) A series of new firearm laws go into effect in Texas on Sunday (September 1), just hours after a shooting left seven people dead in the western part of the state.
The laws will further loosen gun restrictions in a state that's had four of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history, including the El Paso shooting last month, when a gunman stormed a Walmart and killed 22 people.
The new measures were all passed during the 2019 legislative session, which ended in June. Here are the sweeping firearm laws going into effect. Below is an abridged list of the changes (likely approved, written and pushed into law by the NRA).
- Weapons on school grounds
- Marshals at schools
- Guns in foster homes
- Weapons in apartments
- Handguns during a disaster
- Firearms in places of worship
|Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the NRA convention in Dallas|
When you get 10 pro-2nd Amendment bills to the governor and he signs them all, I would rank it up there with one of the most successful sessions we’ve had. TARA MICA, NRA TEXAS LOBBYIST
Simple - We need to let politicians know that if they take NRA money, we will not vote for them. If they support the NRA gun lobby they are not representing your will. Voting them out is the only fix. Don't expect any politician to get a conscience when money is involved. Vote in someone who will promise to make a change and not take NRA MONEY.
Let's have a sane understanding of the Second Amendment. Using an assault weapon on people is not sport hunting. IT IS WAR. - It is condoning, supporting, and giving license to mass murder.
Consider this: Polls have consistently shown about 90% of Americans support requiring universal background checks on gun sales, including those at gun shows or across the internet. That figure includes nearly 90% of Republicans and gun owners. A ban on assault weapons remains more controversial, but amid the relentless pulse of mass shootings over the past few years, about three-fifths of Americans are now expressing support for such a prohibition.Yet congress does nothing.
Even if Democrats in 2020 hold the House, retake the White House and regain a Senate majority, this regional dynamic virtually guarantees Republicans could still block any legislation because of the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to advance legislation in the Senate.
I am not sure that Beto O'Rourke is the most dynamic candidate in the current Democrat field. However, he sure nailed it this Sunday on CNN's State Of The Union: