Federal Judge Blocks ATF “Dealer in Firearms” Rule in Texas

In a significant win for gun rights advocates, a federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking the Biden Administration’s new “dealer in firearms” rule from taking effect in Texas.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, presiding in Amarillo, ruled in favor of the lawsuit brought forward by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, effectively halting the enforcement of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) rule, which was set to go into effect on Monday, May 20.

The controversial rule would have required many private individuals to obtain licenses and conduct background checks when selling firearms at gun shows and online, a move that gun rights groups argue infringes upon Second Amendment rights.

The restraining order also protects members of several gun rights organizations listed in the lawsuit.

“I am relieved that we were able to secure a restraining order that will prevent this illegal rule from taking effect,” Paxton said in a statement.

“This is a crucial first step in protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Texas and across the country,” said Chris McNutt, President of Texas Gun Rights.

The lawsuit contends that the ATF’s rule contradicts the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a 2022 law that expanded the category of gun sellers required to obtain licenses.

Judge Kacsmaryk agreed with the plaintiffs, noting that the rule failed to provide a statutory exemption for individuals buying or selling firearms for personal protection, thus rendering the statute’s safe harbor provision ineffective for the majority of gun owners.

“The absurdity that the statute’s safe harbor provision provides no safe harbor at all for the majority of gun owners is clear,” Kacsmaryk wrote in his ruling.

While this battle continues being fought in the court, it is critical gun owners and all members of congress support HR 3764, introduced by Representative Andrew Clyde, which utilizes a federal mechanism to overturn this draconian and unconstitutional Biden-ATF gun registration scheme at the Congressional level.

Gun owners and supporters of the Second Amendment are urged to take action by contacting their representatives in Congress.
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The temporary restraining order is a significant win, but the battle is ongoing. This case highlights the need to rein in and ultimately abolish the ATF, an agency that many believe operates with unchecked power and an unconstitutional mandate.
And by sending TXGR’s pre-written email to Congress, gun rights supporters can help build the momentum needed to do away with the ATF’s draconian rule — regardless of the outcome in court.
As the legal and legislative battles continue, the importance of grassroots efforts cannot be overstated. Gun owners must remain vigilant and proactive, working together to push back against federal overreach and protect their constitutional rights.

Why Gun Owners Should Oppose John Cornyn as Senate Minority Leader

March 7, 2024 

In a significant shift within the Senate’s Republican hierarchy, Senator Mitch McConnell has announced his decision to step down as Senate Minority Leader come November. Senator John Cornyn of Texas quickly emerged as the first to throw his hat in the ring to fill McConnell’s shoes.

But Cornyn’s bid has sparked immediate concern among pro-gun Americans, who fear his leadership could further erode the Second Amendment rights due to his history of supporting gun control measures.

Cornyn, a central figure in crafting the 2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), has faced criticism for leading efforts that expanded and incentivized gun control nationwide. The BSCA, touted as a measure to prevent tragedies like the Uvalde school massacre, has been widely regarded as a failure by gun rights advocates, doing little to address the root causes of gun violence while imposing more restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.

During this massive political fight, Biden and Cornyn were thick as thieves, and Biden even referred to Cornyn as a “Rational Republican” on gun control.

The fallout from the BSCA’s passage was vividly illustrated at the 2022 Texas GOP state party convention, where Cornyn was met with a chorus of boos and chants of “no red flag” from attendees.

This opposition was not just a reaction to Cornyn’s stance but a reflection of widespread concern among Republicans and Second Amendment supporters about red flag laws that the BSCA incentivized states to adopt.

More troubling for gun rights proponents is the BSCA’s empowerment of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to pursue an aggressive agenda that could potentially ban all private firearm sales and lay the groundwork for universal gun registration.

The ATF’s rule change, defined in a controversial 108-page proposal and encouraged by the Biden administration to be further expanded in a leaked 1,300-page document, suggests a drastic redefinition of who qualifies as a “gun dealer.”

This redefinition is seen as a backdoor attempt to impose universal background checks and a de facto gun registry, circumventing federal laws explicitly prohibiting such a registry.

The implications of these moves have been stark, and coupled with the ATF’s “zero tolerance” policy leading to the crackdown on Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) over minor paperwork errors, things could get much, much worse for gun owners in the near future.

The case of Tom Harris, owner of the Sporting Arms Co. in Lewisville, Texas, exemplifies the potential for abuse under this policy. Despite being cleared of minor errors by the ATF during the Obama administration, Harris faced renewed scrutiny under the Biden administration, highlighting a broader effort to squeeze out small firearms dealers.

This expansion of federal power and the push for more stringent gun control measures have not gone unnoticed.

In 2021, it was revealed that the ATF had compiled a digital database containing nearly a billion firearm transactions. Efforts by the Biden administration to track firearm purchases through credit card merchant codes have been met with resistance, including legislative pushback from the Texas State Legislature, spurred by advocacy from Texas Gun Rights.

Did Cornyn unwittingly play right into the Left’s Universal Gun Registration scheme? Or was he complicit? Sadly, Cornyn’s history of capitulating to anti-gun Democrats on gun control was even happening when Republicans were in the majority!

Countless Americans have been funneled into the federal gun registry thanks to the 2018 FIX NICS gun grab that was penned by. . . you guessed it, John Cornyn.

Chris, any Republican who’s done this much damage to YOUR gun rights deserves to be kicked out of the party… not promoted to party leadership.

The push towards a universal gun registry and the potential for widespread confiscation echoes troubling precedents set in Australia, Canada, and the U.K., where similar registries were used to justify the banning and confiscation of firearms.

As Biden continues advocating for the banning of all semi-automatic guns, Cornyn’s leadership bid raises significant concerns for those who champion the Second Amendment, prompting calls for increased scrutiny and opposition from pro-gun Texans and advocacy groups.

Click here to tell Senator Cruz and Senator Cornyn that you OPPOSE Cornyn as Senate Minority Leader.

2024 TXGR Primary Voter Guide + PAC Endorsements


The candidates listed below have returned a PRO-GUN Texas Gun Rights Candidate Survey.
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Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals: David Schenk*
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 Gina Parker*
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 Lee Finley*
U.S. Congress
  • CD 2: Jameson Ellis
  • CD 7: Caroline Kane
  • CD 23: Brandon Herrera* (dual endorsement)
  • CD 23: Julie Clark* (dual endorsement)
  • CD 26: Brandon Gill*
  • CD 27: Luis Espindola

Texas Senate

  • SD 30: Jace Yarbrough
  • SD 30: Carrie de Moor
  • SD 30: Cody Clark

Texas House

  • HD 1: Dale Huls
  • HD 2: Brent Money*
  • HD 4: Josh Fuerstein*
  • HD 5: Jeff Fletcher
  • HD 17: Tom Glass*
  • HD 19: Kyle Biedermann*
  • HD 20: Janine Chapa
  • HD 21: David Covey*
  • HD 26: Matt Morgan*
  • HD 30: AJ Louderback
  • HD 33: Dennis London
  • HD 33: Katrina Pierson*
  • HD 44: Greg Switzer*
  • HD 53: Wes Virdell*
  • HD 55: Jorge Estrada
  • HD 56: Devvie Duke
  • HD 56: Pat Curry
  • HD 60: Mike Olcott*
  • HD 63: Vincent Gallo
  • HD 64: Andy Hopper*
  • HD 65: Mitch Little*
  • HD 66: Wayne Richard*
  • HD 67: Daren Meis*
  • HD 68: Kerri Kingsbery*
  • HD 70: Joe Collins
  • HD 71: Charles Byrn
  • HD 72: Stormy Bradley
  • HD 74: John McLeon
  • HD 80: Don McLaughlin 
  • HD 83: Wade Cowan
  • HD 85: Tim Greeson
  • HD 86: Jamie Haynes
  • HD 89: Abraham George*
  • HD 91: David Lowe*
  • HD 94: Tony Tinderholt*
  • HD 97: Cheryl Bean
  • HD 99: Jack Reynolds*
  • HD 108: Barry Wernick*
  • HD 119: Brandon Grable
  • HD 121: Marc LaHood
  • HD 128: Bianca Gracia
  • HD 128: Briscoe Cain*

County Sheriff

  • Bexar County Sheriff: Nathan Buchanan*
  • Lavaca County: Micah Harmon


  • Tarrant County, Criminal District Court #2: William Knight*

Republican County Chair

  • Bandera County: Conrad Striegl
  • Collin County: Ellen Loveless
  • Dallas County: Lt. Colonel Allen West*
  • Guadalupe County: Terry Harper
  • McLennan County: Theodore Croy
  • Williamson County: Michelle Evans*
Returning a pro-gun survey does NOT constitute an endorsement of any candidate for office. The list of pro-gun survey respondents is for informational purposes so gun owners know EXACTLY which candidates for public office have pledged their commitment to protecting gun rights. 

Texas Gun Rights is the Texas affiliate of the National Association for Gun Rights, a tax exempt non-profit organization under IRC 501(c)(4) which does not endorse, support, or oppose candidates for election. Candidate endorsements are reserved for our political action committee, Texas Gun Rights PAC.

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URGENT: Dan Patrick Gun Registry Expansion passed Texas Senate!

March 14, 2023

The never ending battle to defend gun rights from the left is already exhaustive enough.

Now, we have Republicans in Austin locking arms with radical Texas Democrats to make Texas law mirror Biden’s gun control agenda!

Call Republican Speaker Dade Phelan at (512) 463-1000 and urge him to OPPOSE ALL gun control, especially Dan Patrick’s Gun Registry Expansion (SB 728).

Last summer, Republican turncoat US Senator John Cornyn compromised with anti-gun Democrats to dump millions of juvenile records into the National Instant Check System (NICS) and expand the list of prohibited persons for purchasing firearms.

In-spite of the Texas Second Amendment Sanctuary law being passed in 2021 — which was meant to protect Texans from Biden gun control — anti-gun Republican Sen. Joan Huffman is side-stepping the law by opting to bring state law in-line with federal law by filing SB 728.

This draconian scheme will funnel millions more records of law-abiding Texans into NICS, banning them from possessing or purchasing firearms.

Worse, SB 728 already passed through the Senate and is waiting to be referred to committee in the Texas House.

Proponents claim the intent is to “keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.” If that were the case, we wouldn’t be opposing this bill. 

But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth, and the devil is ALWAYS in the details.

Under SB 728, adult residents of Texas with certain juvenile offenses will be barred from possessing firearms due to indiscretions as a youth.

Worse, the bill FORCES state reporting to NICS on ALL future juvenile inpatient mental health cases, and opens the records of individuals retroactively who received inpatient mental care after the age of 16 – including the overwhelming majority of cases where there is NO violent risk, and the mental health issue is resolved.

More plainly stated, SB 728 discourages kids from coming forward to seek help for mental health issues by stigmatizing them and removing their Second Amendment rights for the rest of their lives.

NICS is a broken system that needs to be abolished, not expanded.

In fact, more than 94% of firearms purchase denials from NICS are false positives, meaning 94% of those individuals are falsely denied — often because individuals have the same name, or a similar name, to someone who is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Simply put, funneling millions more names into this already flawed system is a recipe for disaster.

We must take action to ensure that these bills – or any bill to expand the Federal gun registry – don’t see the light of day.

It’s sad but not surprising that Senator Joan Huffman is pushing this gun ban database expansion: she’s Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s pet RINO and is often used to do the anti-gun dirty work he doesn’t want to take the blame for.

I’m sure you will remember how both Huffman and Patrick were the thorn in gun owners’ side for open carry, campus carry, and Constitutional Carry – fighting AGAINST the restoration of our Second Amendment rights every step of the way over the past decade… trying to keep Texas in lock-step with liberal, anti-gun bastions like California, New York, Illinois and Connecticut.

And of course, as recently as 2019, Lt. Gov. Patrick called for a MASSIVE NICS expansion through Universal Gun Registration, just as we’re seeing President Biden now ram through by executive order at the federal level.

Thanks to the overwhelming, relentless pressure from Texas Gun Rights members and supporters from across the state, we were able to overcome the hurdles from Lt. Governor Patrick and Senator Huffman to FINALLY make Texas a pro-gun state.

But to make sure Texas remains strong on gun rights, I need you to call House Speaker Dade Phelan at (512) 4631-1000 and tell him to OPPOSE Dan Patrick’s Gun Registry Expansion (SB 728).

Together, we will protect Texans from this assault on their gun rights.

For Texas and Liberty,

Chris McNutt
Texas Gun Rights

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Four Dozen Gun Control Bills Filed in Austin

February 14, 2023

Fellow Patriot,

The Texas Legislature is in session and nearly FOUR DOZEN gun control bills have been filed in Austin.

Worse, Astroturf groups funded by Michael Bloomberg’s millions are planning a huge rally and lobby day at the capitol on February 28… with plans to bus in hundreds of gun control activists from every liberal city across the state.

Here is a short list of the radical bills they’re pushing:

  • A Semi-auto Ban on most rifles, shotguns, and handguns owned by Texans, thinly veiled as an “Assault Weapons” ban (SB 32 & HB’s 817 & 925)
  • “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation allowing government agents to seize legally-owned firearms based on a mere accusation or a difference in political beliefs (SB 144 & HB’s 123 & 136)
  • Forced Gun Registration on firearms sales to state and local officials (HB’s 22, 106, 284, 324 & 662)
  • Repealing Campus Carry, disarming college students and their family visitors and turning them into sitting ducks for an attacker (SB 205)
  • Open Carry Ban, penalizing gun owners who don’t want to hide their firearm behind a coat in the Texas summer months (HB’ 179, 216 & 244)
  • Criminalizing the private sale, gift, or borrowing of a firearm without first going through the NICS gun owner registry and paying a tax (SB’s 370 & 170, HB’s 155 & 236)
  • A ban on firearms transfers at gun shows (SB 360, HB’s 110, 146 & 308)
  • A ban on magazines that hold more than a handful of rounds (HB 197)
  • Raising the age to purchase a firearm in Texas (HB’s 128 & 565)
  • Implementing waiting periods for law-abiding citizens to purchase a firearm (HB 298)
  • Criminalizing the tradition of building your own firearm, under the guise of a “ghost gun” ban (HB 887)
  • Adding a state tax to all firearms, accessories, and ammunition (HB’s 88 & 447)

Marxists will stop at nothing to push their extreme, far-left agenda in Austin to hold power over you — and ruin our great state forever.

In a “red” state like Texas, you’d think any type of gun control would be a non-starter. But you’d be wrong.

Our Republican Speaker of the Texas House, Dade Phelan, would not even allow a motion to BAN anti-gun Democrat Chairs from powerful legislative committees when session began just last month.

That means anti-gun politicians WILL have a say of what becomes law in Texas — despite voters choosing to send supposedly pro-gun Republican majorities to Austin.

I need every pro-gun patriot across the Lone Star State to help me hold the line on the Second Amendment.

Your petition to your elected officials will send a LOUD AND CLEAR message that your guns (and your rights) are NOT up for grabs.

Not ever!

Not only that, but you will also remind far-left Democrats — and weak-kneed Republicans tip toeing the moderate line — that gun owners will continue REJECTING their gun control agenda!


I’ve seen firsthand anti-gun politicians sweating as TXGR staffers haul tens of thousands of petitions through their hallways and offices…

…each petition representing a voter in their district.

All I need is your petition signature. No donation is required.

But if you don’t step up, we’ll assume you’re not going to join the fight to save our great state.

And if you do have the means, I hope you will make your most generous contribution of $25 or even $15 today.

Or consider chipping in only $5 to help us mobilize more pro-gun activists JUST LIKE YOU — all across the state.

For Texas and Liberty,

Chris McNutt
Executive Director
Texas Gun Rights

Marxist gun control filed in Austin!

January 10, 2023

Biden-backed Marxist Democrats in Texas didn’t seem to get the hint when pro-gun Texans made Beto a three-time-loser in November…

More than two dozen gun control bills were filed in Austin just days after the November midterm election!

Sadly, because the “red wave” was nothing more than a ripple (and because of the horrific actions of a deranged criminal in Uvalde last summer) lawmakers are under immense pressure to “do something” now that they are finally in session.

These radical bills must be SWIFTLY defeated!

Please sign your petition urging lawmakers in Austin to Oppose Marxist Gun Control RIGHT AWAY.

Let’s face the facts: there isn’t a single piece of gun control legislation hoplophobes in the Democrat Party find unreasonable.

Coincidentally, even the father of communism, Karl Marx himself, supported gun rights for citizens…because he knew they were a “means to an end.”

Yet all of his modern-era followers — like Lenin, Mao, and Castro — banned and CONFISCATED citizens from having guns AFTER assuming power in their countries.

“There’s a reason you never see a Communist, a Marxist, or even a Socialist politician support the right of common people to keep and bear arms: Those forms of government require more submission to the state than armed citizens would tolerate.” – U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie (Kentucky), Chairman of the U.S. House Second Amendment Caucus

Thankfully, the U.S. has the Second Amendment (and Texas has Article 1, Section 23 of the Texas Constitution) preserving our inalienable rights to keep and bear arms.

But that’s also why Marxists in the Democrat Party continue pushing everything from open carry bans (HB 179, HB 216 and HB 244) to waiting periods (HB 298), magazine bans (HB 197), raising the age of purchasing firearms (HB 129 and HB 565)… and confiscation under the guise of “buy backs.”

Their hope: if they can’t get rid of the Second Amendment in one fell swoop, they will slice away at it until it receives a death by a thousand cuts.

Of course, that isn’t stopping them from going for the big stuff like a semi-auto ban (SB 32), thinly veiled as an “Assault Weapons” Ban.

And as of the writing of this email, there are eight bills filed in the Texas House requiring Universal Gun Registration or a piecemeal approach to it.

These bills would require law-abiding Texans to beg for government approval of every firearm purchase or require you to report legal sales of firearms to law enforcement.

You wouldn’t even be able to loan a friend or family member a hunting rifle without first getting government permission or risk being charged with a crime (HB 155 and HB 236).

The fact is there’s no way this draconian scheme wouldn’t create a de facto gun registry, giving the government a list of all guns and legal gun owners in the state.

And it’s been proven throughout history that registration schemes like this will inevitably lead to confiscation.

That makes “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation (House Bills 123 & 136) an even bigger threat — allowing government agents to seize legally-owned firearms based on a mere accusation.

Especially after RINO U.S. Senator John Cornyn championed expansive gun control over the summer, incentivizing state legislatures to pass “Red Flag” laws!

Joe Biden said Cornyn’s bill with Democrat Senator Chris Murphy was the most significant gun control to pass in 30 years!

That’s why it’s so crucial to sign your Oppose Marxist Gun Control petition right away.

Your petition sends a reminder to the legislature that pro-gun Texans are watching them like hawks — and that your Second Amendment rights are NOT negotiable.

After all, it was as recent as 2019 when Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Patrick launched a gun control roadshow after caving to the anti-gun media to punish law-abiding gun owners.

And year after year, they made excuses to kill Constitutional Carry until those excuses ran dry.

Thanks to the pressure of relentless grassroots activists like YOU, Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Patrick not only stopped caving to the anti-gun mob, but they also buckled under YOUR pressure to pass Constitutional Carry and other pro-gun reforms instead of gun control in 2021!

Help me keep the momentum going in 2023 by signing your Oppose Marxist Gun Control petition TODAY.

TXGR’s hard-nosed, no compromise approach is now a proven model here in the Lone Star State.

And it is the groundswell of grassroots activism that pushes pro-gun legislation over the finish line — not politicians pontificating and negotiating your rights away in a secret, smoke-filled room at the capitol.

But only through your continued support can we continue defeating the growing threats to our right to keep and bear arms –- and passing pro-gun reforms.

That’s why I’m hoping you’ll go above and beyond signing your Oppose Marxist Gun Control petition with your most generous contribution to start off the new year!

As you can imagine, defending and restoring gun rights against the left-wing machine isn’t easy or cheap.

Especially with the deep pockets of Michael Bloomberg and George Soros funding a relentless war on gun owners.

That’s why I’m hoping you’ll include your most generous contribution of $100 or $50 to Texas Gun Rights today.

I know that’s a lot to ask, but the legislative session is underway RIGHT NOW — we must have the resources to fight and WIN!

But if $100 or $50 is out of the realm of possibility, I hope you’ll consider $25 — or you can even spread your activism out over time with just a $10 recurring donation today.

I’m sure you agree it’s crucial we keep our recent pro-gun progress from being erased.

No matter what you can (or can’t) afford, please sign your Oppose Marxist Gun Control petition today.

Thank you for all you do for the Second Amendment!

For Texas and Liberty,

Chris McNutt
Executive Director
Texas Gun Rights

Three Gun Confiscation Bills already filed for the new legislative session!

December 27, 2022

I hate to say it, but our dire warnings have come true.

Before the 2023 legislative session even begins, Democrats are already making moves to enact gun confiscation all across Texas.

State Senator Gutierrez (SB 144), Rep. Goodwin (HB 123), and Rep. Reynolds (HB 136) have filed THREE “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation bills that not only endanger gun owners, but law enforcement as well. 

If passed, “Red Flag” will allow government agents to storm the homes of gun owners and seize their firearms all without due process or even a crime being committed.

This tyrannical disarmament MUST be stopped at all costs.

That’s why I need your help to stave off this attack by signing your BAN “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation petition immediately.

So how would “Red Flag” affect you?

It can all begin with a crazy ex, disgruntled co-worker, or anti-gun neighbor that doesn’t like your Texas Gun Rights sticker on the back of your truck.

A simple accusation of mental deficiency could have government agents knocking on your door.

All local law enforcement needs to do is convince a judge the complaint is true and then send their “Gun Confiscation Squad” to your house to seize your guns without notice.

The hearing is conducted in secret (called “ex parte”), where you are not allowed to defend yourself in court.

You won’t even know anything about it until government agents show up at your door to take your guns.

Since this law was enacted in Florida, an average of five petitions have been filed each day to seize the guns of law-abiding citizens.

If you find yourself in this situation you don’t even have a right to an attorney because you were never charged with a crime.

That means YOU will be forced to pay for legal representation out of pocket and give the court thousands of dollars just to get your guns back.

So please, sign your BAN “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation petition right now to put your elected officials on notice.

Many would say that “Red Flag” will never come to the “deep-red” Lone Star State.

However, turncoat Senator John Cornyn cut a deal with D.C. Democrats to bribe Texas elected officials with federal tax dollars to pass “Red Flag.”

If you follow Texas politics, you know just how hard it is for our lawmakers to pass up federal funds.

To put it lightly, the possibilities of this draconian nightmare becoming law are quite real and we must act now.

So after you sign your BAN “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation petition please consider the most generous donation of $60 or even just $30.

Our country was built on individual responsibility and sacrifice.

The beloved values of that country will be defended with nothing less.

So if $60 or $30 is too much right now you can also spread your activism over time with a $10 recurring monthly gift.

As we know, “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction”.

So much has been given for the rights we hold so dearly.

I hope I can count on you to continue that tradition.

For Freedom,

Chris McNutt
Executive Director
Texas Gun Rights

Republicans helping anti-gun Democrats!?

November 17, 2022

We’re in some crazy times.

The dust is clearing from the election and the results in the Lone Star State are about final.

Gun grabbers looking to build their lineup in Austin saw their hopes crash and burn on Tuesday.

Texas voters overwhelmingly voted to build upon Republican majorities in both the State House and State Senate… and to REJECT Beto O’Rourke and his anti-gun agenda.

This is great news, but our work isn’t done, Chris. A brand-new legislative session begins in January.

It is IMPERATIVE we remind our elected officials that voters expect them to make good on their promises to protect, defend, and RESTORE the Second Amendment in Texas.

Maintaining the status quo is NOT enough.

And I’ve got good news and bad news, Chris.

The good news is pro-gun champion Representative Tony Tinderholt is running for Speaker of the Texas House.

Even better, Tinderholt is running on a platform to END the tradition of appointing anti-gun Democrats to key committee chairmanships!

The bad news is, Speaker Phelan and many of his “Republican” allies support maintaining the tradition of handing power to anti-gun Democrats!

Chris, I’ve fought for gun rights in multiple state legislatures across the country and I can tell you with certainty that the party in power almost NEVER rewards the minority party with chairmanship and legislative power.

Why should Texas be any different?

After all, that is part of the reason it took so long to make Texas the 21st Constitutional Carry state — in spite of 20 years of Republican majorities!

If anti-gun Democrats were in power, do you think they would appoint pro-gun Republicans to important committees?

Absolutely not!

They would make good on their promises to ramrod radical gun control in the form of gun bans, Universal Gun Registration and “Red Flag” gun confiscation!

So click here to email your State Representative RIGHT AWAY!

Your message can be simple: elect a pro-gun speaker who will NOT appoint radical, anti-gun Democrats as committee chairs! Texas Gun Rights will keep me informed of your actions.

There should be no excuses to not continue going on the offensive in the Texas Legislature, especially after the resounding victories pro-gun Texans celebrated on election night.

So after you contact your State Representative, I hope I can count on your generous contribution to help us make sure your politicians live up to their pro-gun campaign promises.

Even $10 will help us mobilize more pro-gun activists across the state.

You can also forward this email to your friends to get them in on the fight.

With your continued support, we will continue changing the status quo in Austin.

Thank you for all you do!

For Texas and Liberty,

Chris McNutt
Executive Director
Texas Gun Rights

A list of anti-gun candidates running in Texas

October 11, 2022

They could be anywhere…

State House, Senate, candidates for Governor, even your neighbor could be an anti-gun communist.

Okay, so we don’t know about your neighbor, but we do have a list of gun-grabbing candidates that YOU should carefully vet before pulling the lever in November.

Anti-gun New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is nosing around in our elections again.

This time, he’s utilizing the Karens at Moms Against Guns to hand-pick candidates willing to promote his tyrannical agenda.

Fortunately, these candidates have made no qualms about their opposition to the Second Amendment and have made their draconian views public.

In order to get the “Gun Sense Candidate” Award from these Leftist shills, one must vow their allegiance to a radical ideology targeting law-abiding gun owners.

Among these tenets of radicalism are so-called “assault weapons” bans.

These bans would outlaw hundreds of types of firearms based solely on cosmetic features; turning law-abiding gun owners into felons overnight.

“Gun Sense Candidates” must also pledge to fight for draconian “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation laws that put both law enforcement and law-abiding gun owners at risk.

“Red Flag” laws allow government authorities to enter the homes of law-abiding gun owners and seize their firearms, solely based on any accusation questioning your mental stability.

Without any crime being committed.

Without any due process.

And it’s all up to you to front the legal costs to get your guns back.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, Bloomberg backed candidates must also pledge to push for a de facto gun registration scheme under the guise of “Universal Background Checks.”

Universal Gun Registration would require every single gun sale to be approved by the government, giving the government a record of every firearm you own.

After all, the only way to enforce this system would be to register every single firearm to ensure it had been through the government-mandated red tape.

And we all know that gun registration is just the prior step to gun confiscation.

Should these MDA backed candidates gain a foothold in our state legislature, it could spell disaster for Texas gun owners.

If any of your candidates show up on this list, I’m urging you to call them and demand they renounce their tyrannical ideology and start supporting the Second Amendment.

Here’s the list of candidates being backed by Moms Against Guns:


Beto ORourke

State House

HD 6 Cody Grace

HD 15 Kristin Johnson

HD 17 Madeline Eden

HD 20 Raul Camacho

HD 23 Keith Henry

HD 24 Michael Creedon

HD 26 Daniel Lee

HD 27 Ron Reynolds

HD 31 Martha Gutierrez

HD 33 Graeson Lynskey

HD 45 Erin Zwiener

HD 46 Sheryl Cole

HD 47 Vikki Goodwin

HD 50 James Talarico

HD 51 Maria Flores

HD 53 Joe Herrera

HD 54 Jonathan Hildner

HD 61 Sheena King

HD 63 H. Denise Wooten

HD 65 Brittney Verdell

HD 66 Jesse Ringness

HD 67 Kevin Morris

HD 70 Mihaela Plesa

HD 71 Linda Goolsbee

HD 73 Justin Calhoun

HD 74 Eddie Morales

HD 76 Suleman Lalani

HD 85 Larry Baggett

HD 92 Salman Bhojani

HD 94 Dennis Sherrard

HD 98 Shannon Elkins

HD 101 Chris turner

HD 102 Ana-Maria Ramos

HD 103 Rafael Anchia

HD 104 Jessica Gonzalez

HD 105 Thresa Meza

HD 107 Victoria Neave

HD 108 Elizabeth Ginsberg

HD 112 Elva Curl

HD 114 John Bryant

HD 115 Julie Johnson

HD 116 Trey Martinez Fischer

HD 118 Frank Ramirez

HD 121 Becca Defelice

HD 122 Angi Aramburu

HD 124 Josey Garcia

HD 134 Ann Johnson

HD 135 Jon Rosenthal

HD 136 John Bucy

HD 137 Gene Wu

HD 138 Stephanie Morales

HD 139 Jarvis Johnson

HD 148 Penny Shaw

HD 150 Ginny Brown Daniel

State Senate

SD 4 Misty Bishop

SD 9 Gwenn Burud

SD 12 Francine Ly

SD 14 Sarah Eckhardt

SD 16 Nathan Johnson

SD 17 Titus Benton

SD 29 Cesar Blanco


If one of your candidates is on this list, it’s imperative you help us EXPOSE their anti-gun agenda.

You can do so by emailing this article to your friends and family to notify them of the dangers lurking on their ballots.

You can also help us mobilize even more gun owners across the state by chipping in $30 or $15.

Even a $10 recurring donation goes a long way to helping us stay in the fight for your gun rights.

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance and I hope you join me in that crusade.

I’m counting on you, Chris.

For Texas and Liberty,

Chris McNutt
Executive Director
Texas Gun Rights


The good, the bad & the ugly

October 7, 2022

With all eyes on Texas for the November midterm election, I’ll cut straight to the point.


Through your hard work — identifying pro-gun candidates in the primaries and EXPOSING gun ban politicians — we’re making gun rights a TOP issue in November.


We’re just 32 days away from Election Day (November 8th.)

Sadly, the abortion issue is STILL making many folks gloss over the anti-gun, defund the police stance of many gun ban politicians.

Worse, our war chest is getting low and Beto is gaining ground in the polls after promising to pass a semi-auto ban, a “red flag” gun confiscation law, and to repeal Constitutional Carry!

Win or lose, we MUST be prepared to spend BIG when the Legislature reconvenes in Austin — just two short months after the election is over – to ensure ONLY a pro-gun agenda is considered in Austin!

I’ll be frank — our resources are getting dangerously low if we want to continue bringing the fight to the anti-gun left!


Gun ban politicians like Beto have a virtually UNLIMITED war chest being filled from coastal elites in California and New York.

Their goal: flip Texas “blue” and turn us into another failed gun control haven just like California.


That’s why I need your help!

Please activate your Texas Gun Rights membership for 2023 RIGHT AWAY!
 The message from the Left is clear: “I know better than you, now hand over your guns!”

That is why it is so important that we can count on Texans like you to give us the resources needed to fight back against these would-be tyrants and their anti-gun backers!

With your help, Texas Gun Rights will continue exposing ALL anti-gun politicians who dare negotiate your rights away — no matter their party affiliation!

Your support will make all the difference in the fight against the gun control machine in Texas.

— Murphy M.