While anti-gun politicians and their pals are busy scheming new ways to erode your rights, THREE critical pro-gun bills passed earlier this year just became law!
But before you read on, don’t for a moment think this was the work of politicians. Oh, no. This was YOUR victory. Your phone calls, your emails, and yes, your relentless pursuit for freedom made this happen. So pat yourselves on the back, but then clench your fists – because we’ve got more fighting to do. Here’s what became law as of September 1, 2023:
House Bill 2837: Spearheaded by Rep. Matt Schaefer, this bill isn’t just paper—it’s a barricade against the privacy-invading tactics of Big Finance. No more coding your gun purchases for potential misuse and abuse. This is a WIN for every gun owner who values their privacy and rights!
House Bill 1760: This law clearly spells out that “gun-free zones” can’t just pop up wherever anti-gun folks feel like it. Schools? Sure. Random locations because students are present? Absolutely not. This is a huge step toward reining in the abuse of “gun-free zones.”
House Bill 3137: Blue cities across the country are trying to discourage law-abiding gun owners from carrying a firearm by FORCING you to purchase expensive liability insurance to carry. Thanks to Rep. Carrie Isaac, municipalities can’t in Texas will be PROHIBITED from putting you in this situation. Think of this as a firewall against California-style nonsense reaching Texas.
Don’t just read this email and nod—celebrate this WIN, because heaven knows they’re hard-fought and not nearly frequent enough. But after that, reload (figuratively speaking), because you know as well as I do that the anti-gun crowd is already plotting their next moves.
So don’t get complacent. This victory should fuel your fire, not douse it. We’ve won this round, but the fight’s far from over, and you better believe they’ll redouble their efforts.
The ATF is targeting law-abiding gun owners with yet another unconstitutional power grab.
With a wink and a nod from the anti-gun Biden Administration, the ATF dropped a bombshell on law-abiding gun owners last week by rolling out a new 108-page rule that redefines who is considered a gun dealer.
Of course, this is just their slimy way of bypassing congress to make almost ALL gun sales funnel through the NICS Gun Registry.
The ATF and Biden are basically rewriting the law to ban you and me from privately selling or transferring firearms.
Just when I thought the ATF couldn’t get any more brazen, they go and do this…
Texas Gun Rights has been warning about Universal Gun Registration for years — and we’ve defeated ALL attempts to pass Universal Gun Registration in Austin and in Washington D.C.
But the ATF’s new “rule” is like handing the government a loaded gun to shoot down the Second Amendment!
You don’t need me to remind you that firearms registration is just the first domino to fall before they move onto full-blown confiscation!
Whether it is tomorrow, in five years, or even fifteen years from now, Biden’s ATF is laying the groundwork to confiscate your guns — and they’re no longer trying to hide it.
That’s why we’re rounding up petitions from all our freedom-loving members and supporters — to ABOLISH THE ATF — and we’re going to dump them on the ATF’s desk during their so-called “90-day comment period” on this ridiculous 108-page rule they just belched out.
The ATF doesn’t need to be fixed or replaced by another entity. It needs to be abolished for good.
Will you sign your petition to Abolish the ATF?
The ATF are unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who believe they can dictate how we live our lives.
That’s why we’re supporting H.R. 374. in congress — to wipe the ATF from the face of this earth!
But we know this fight is an UPHILL battle — especially with Biden still in control of the Senate and the White House.
That’s why we’re also exploring EVERY legal avenue we can to hammer these tyrants back into their bureaucratic holes.
In fact, we’ve already got not one but TWO lawsuits against the ATF for their ban on Pistol Stabilizing Braces and Forced Reset Triggers.
And late last week, we were granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on our Forced Reset Trigger Ban lawsuit!
You better believe we’re only getting started.
The ATF’s latest attempt to subvert congress to implement radical gun control isn’t just some minor policy issue.
This is a full-on assault against our God-given rights and freedoms!
Now’s the time to dig in our heels and push back HARD!
Federal Judge rules that preventing 18-20 yr old from buying hand guns from an FFl is unconstitutional
July 28th 2023
On May 11th 2023, there was a significant ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that declared it unconstitutional to prohibit 18-20 year olds from purchasing handguns from Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealers. This is undoubtedly a tremendous victory for our Second Amendment rights! It is reminiscent of a similar ruling here in Texas, where a judge upheld the right of 18-20 year olds to carry handguns.
The ruling in Virginia came after a brave individual from that state tried to purchase a firearm from an FFL dealer but was unjustly denied. This individual had the courage to challenge the decision and took legal action against the ATF.
Thankfully, justice prevailed, and the individual won their case. This ruling reaffirms the fundamental rights given to us by our Constitution.
There are a number of states that discriminate against 18-20 year olds when it comes to both the purchase and carrying of firearms. Apparently, in America, you can be old enough to join the military and be in charge of heavy weaponry, but you can’t carry a handgun to defend yourself.
Now, it’s crucial for more states to follow suit and support these essential constitutional rights. We need to protect and uphold the Second Amendment across the nation. Every law-abiding citizen, regardless of age, should be able to exercise their right to bear arms responsibly and without unnecessary restrictions. These recent legal victories highlight the importance of challenging unjust laws and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional rights.
The ruling in Virginia and the similar decision in Texas are tremendous victories for our Second Amendment rights. Let us continue to stand together, urging other states to recognize and support the fundamental rights enshrined in our Constitution and keep fighting.
On June 8th, Governor Gavin Newsom put forth a new amendment that appears to blatantly trample upon our cherished Second Amendment rights. This proposal aims to infringe upon our fundamental right to bear arms by raising the minimum age for firearm purchases to 21. This would mandate an unnecessary waiting period for background checks, and even go so far as to ban semi-automatic rifles.
If enacted, this insidious amendment would effectively obliterate our ability to defend ourselves and undermine our duty to safeguard against a tyrannical government.
It is truly disheartening to witness such a flagrant disregard for our constitutional rights coming from Governor Newsom. By singling out law-abiding citizens and placing arbitrary barriers on their ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights, he not only undermines the principles upon which our nation was founded but also fails to address the core issues underlying violence and crime.
Governor Newsom’s proposed amendment conveniently ignores the fact that responsible gun ownership is a crucial element of our individual freedoms and collective security. By restricting access to firearms for law-abiding adults under the age of 21, he is effectively denying them the means to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their property from potential threats.
Furthermore, an unnecessary waiting period for background checks serves only to burden law-abiding citizens while doing little to deter criminals. It is an unjustifiable restriction that infringes upon our ability to exercise our rights promptly and efficiently.
Perhaps most concerning is Governor Newsom’s proposal to ban semi-automatic rifles. This sweeping and misguided measure fails to acknowledge that these firearms are widely used for self-defense, sport shooting, and even as tools for safeguarding against government overreach. The right to possess such firearms is essential in maintaining a balance of power between the citizenry and the government, ensuring that our democracy remains strong and free.
Governor Newsom’s amendment is a clear overreach that disregards the values of individual liberty and personal responsibility. It is imperative that we stand together against such encroachments on our constitutional rights and vocally oppose any legislation that seeks to diminish our ability to protect ourselves, our families, and our democratic way of life.
Additionally, it is worth highlighting the utter failure of gun control measures while addressing the issue of gun violence. Despite California’s stringent gun regulations, the state continues to grapple with a distressingly high gun crime rate. This undeniable fact exposes the fallacy of Governor Newsom’s proposed amendment, which wrongly assumes that further restrictions on law-abiding citizens will somehow deter criminals or prevent acts of violence.
The truth is that criminals, by their very nature, have no regard for laws or regulations. They will find a way to obtain firearms regardless of the obstacles placed in their path. The only individuals affected by these restrictive measures are law-abiding citizens who seek to exercise their constitutional rights responsibly.
California’s experience serves as a stark reminder that gun bans and excessive regulations do not equate to safer communities. Instead, they create a disarmed populace that is left vulnerable and defenseless in the face of criminals who obtain firearms through illegal means. It is disheartening to witness policymakers like Governor Newsom ignore the evidence and persist in pushing for measures that do nothing to address the root causes of violence.
In conclusion, Governor Newsom’s proposed amendment is not only a direct assault on our Second Amendment rights but also a misguided attempt to address gun violence. California’s high gun crime rate, despite its stringent gun control measures, serves as a testament to the failure of such policies. It is essential that we reject these ill-conceived proposals and instead pursue solutions that uphold our constitutional rights while effectively addressing the complex issue of violence in our society.
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With the stroke of his pen, Governor Abbott signed the Second Amendment Financial Privacy Act into law over the weekend (HB 2837).
This is only thanks to YOUR pressure, encouraging him to get it done.
Let me tell you why this is so important…
For years, gun stores have been categorized as “miscellaneous retail” or “sporting goods stores” for banks and credit card companies.
But thanks to lobbying by Gun Control, Inc., “woke” financial institutions flirted with using specific Merchant Category Codes (MCC’s) to flag how many guns or how much ammunition you buy.
If these institutions believed you were buying too many guns or too much ammo, they would alert the authorities.
But this was ON TOP of the invasive ATF Form 4473 you are already required to fill out at any FFL when purchasing a firearm.
The only difference is the government is NOT allowed to keep 4473’s to create a gun owner registry. But with merchant codes being handed over to them, they could do whatever they want…creating a de-facto gun owner registry.
You don’t need me to remind you that registration is just the first step toward any future confiscation attempt!
Especially in a cancel culture era where you can be “red flagged” without due process and without any crime being committed.
But thanks to your pressure, Governor Abbott signed House Bill 2837 into law, prohibiting financial institutions from using merchant codes to track, report, or disclose our lawful purchases of firearms, ammunition, and accessories in the state of Texas.
This is a big win for Texas as this bill faced STEEP opposition from the banking lobby.
The Texas Legislature is now in the first special session of the legislature, but they are currently limited by the Governor to only consider property tax relief and border security.
While it is not likely that any gun-related policies will be added to the call for this special session (or future special sessions), it is always important to remember that we could be one tragedy away from weak-kneed Republicans caving to the anti-gun mob if, God forbid, we see another tragedy at the hands of a deranged killer.
So please stay tuned to Texas Gun Rights for future updates and consider chipping in $10 or even $30 to help Texas Gun Rights continue fighting for you in Austin!
We are facing a critical battle against the ATF’s outrageous assault on our freedoms.
The ATF, acting as foot soldiers for the Biden Administration, recently unleashed a tyrannical rule that directly threatens law-abiding gun owners like you and me.
They have shamelessly expanded the definition of “short barrel rifle” under federal law by banning pistol braces by rule, turning millions of unsuspecting law-abiding Americans into criminals overnight.
This is an all-out attack on our Constitutional rights, and we will not back down!
That’s why Texas Gun Rights, in partnership with the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and National Association for Gun Rights, has taken the fight straight to the courts.
That’s right, we have filed a federal lawsuit against the Biden Administration’s ATF to defend our right to keep and bear arms.
But here’s the truth, my friend: we cannot do this alone. We need YOU to stand shoulder to shoulder with us in this battle for our fundamental freedoms.
Your contribution will empower Texas Gun Rights to fight back, against the ATF in the courts – and give us the resources needed to fight against other egregious violations against gun owners in the courts.
This is the moment we’ve been waiting for, my friend.
It’s time to put our words into action and show the gun-grabbers that we will not go down without a fight.
Together, we can send a resounding message that our rights are non-negotiable!
Without ammunition, a firearm is merely a paperweight.
And without proper funding, Texas Gun Rights will not be effective against the onslaught of anti-gun voices in the Lone Star State.
Monthly donations help cover the day-to-day operational expenses, so all other money raised through mail, email, text messages and fundraisers can go directly to defend your rights as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
You can read Chris’s e-mail below to see how Californians wreaked havoc on my home state of Colorado.
Thank you for everything you do.
Dudley Brown ————————————————————-
It is no secret Californians have been moving to Texas in droves over the past decade.
To those who fled to our great state seeking a better life — away from the heavy-handed, anti-gun grip of Gavin Newsome — we welcome you.
But to those who wish to transform Texas into something resembling what you left, we have a saying for you: “Don’t California my Texas!”
If you need to see what type of disastrous consequences a liberal exodus can have on Texas, you must look no further than Colorado.
Once a pro-gun, shining beacon for the rest of the country — with permitless open carry laws, and few “gun free” zones, Colorado is now a gun control haven… and it started with “common sense” proposals from woke California transplants.
First, the Colorado legislature passed universal background checks in 2013, and they made purchasers pay for them.
Then, they limited magazine ammo to 15 rounds.
Of course, that wasn’t enough, so they passed so-called “Red Flag Laws,” which allow you to report someone who owns a firearm, and then the state can legally take the gun away from that person… without due process and without any crime being committed.
When “red flag” laws failed to deliver the results gun grabbers promised, they decided to give local governments authority to make a patchwork of gun control laws across the state by dismantling state pre-emption laws.
Then, for good measure, they banned open carry at polling places, leaving Colorado voters defenseless at their voting precinct.
They were told these were “common sense” solutions that were already law in places like California.
Fast forward to today’s Colorado – the robbery rate has increased 25%, the rate of aggravated assaults has increased by 45%, and (this is the really shocking number) the murder rate has increased 62.3%.
Translation: Gun Control has failed Colorado miserably.
With a renewed mass exodus of Californians into Texas, we must be vigilant and NEVER allow this to become the fate of Texas.
It is more important than ever for you to jump in on the fight for our Second Amendment by becoming a monthly donor to TXGR.
Thanks to Texas Gun Rights members and supporters, TXGR led the ten year fight for Constitutional Carry and finally WON in 2021.
Sadly, many “leaders” in the Republican establishment believe their job is “done.”
In fact, instead of expanding upon the pro-gun midterm victories of 2022, the legislature REFUSED to ban “red flag laws,” expand Constitutional Carry, repeal “gun free” slaughterhouse zones, and pass a true Second Amendment Preservation Act that would penalize federal and state agencies from implementing Biden gun control in Texas.
Instead, they chose to codify parts of Biden’s gun control from the summer of 2022 into law by dumping tens of thousands of juvenile mental health records into the NICS Gun Ban Registry… even if they were non-violent, and had no criminal record.
This draconian policy only inches Texas closer towards Biden’s goal of Universal Gun Registration… and this was done with REPUBLICANS in charge.
That’s why Texas Gun Rights is committed to fighting for your rights — and holding politicians in BOTH parties accountable for their anti-gun actions.
We keep you informed.
We fight for you at the State Capitol.
We host events for gun rights advocates to network and get to know each other better.
We are even launching a legal foundation to defend you in the courts.
This is what your money is going towards.
Monthly contributions allow us to have better financial forecasts so we can be well-equipped to respond to ANY threat at a moment’s notice.
In fact, steady monthly donations allowed Texas Gun Rights to defeat a Military-Age Gun Ban and defeat an outright Universal Gun Registration scheme in 2023.
Monthly donors paved the way for TXGR’s organizing of nearly 27,000 emails to elected officials in Austin, more than 30,000 petitions signed opposing more gun control in Texas, and countless phone calls made to legislative offices.
That’s the power of grassroots activism. Those are the kinds of results you get when you become a monthly donor.
The News: Today, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) filed a new federal lawsuit against the Biden Administration on behalf of over 200,000 firearm owners across America in coordination with National Association for Gun Rights Inc. (NAGR) and Texas Gun Rights, Inc. (TGR).
Our lawsuit argues that a new rule from ATF usurps Congressional authority by significantly expanding the definition of “rifle” under federal law, imposing potential criminal liability on millions of Americans for exercising their Second Amendment rights.
The Quotes: WILL Deputy Counsel, Lucas Vebber stated, “The Biden Administration cannot ignore Congress and this rule is a clear violation of separation of powers and a violation of the Constitutional rights of all Americans. Now that the ATF’s rule is in effect, it’s critical that we act now.”
Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights, “Biden’s ATF is a rogue entity, making rules that plainly violate the Constitution. Their rule on pistol braces has turned millions of gun owners into felons, overnight. We’re taking legal action to rein the ATF in and restore the rights of our members. We are pleased to partner with WILL to do just that.”
Chris McNutt, President of Texas Gun Rights, stated, “The ATF are acting like foot soldiers for the anti-gun Biden administration. Their abuse of power is both unconscionable and unconstitutional. Texas Gun Rights looks forward to overturning their draconian rule.”
Background: This new lawsuit comes after WILL secured a preliminary injunction for its clients in Britto V. ATF. Earlier this year, ATF adopted a new rule requiring 40-million gun owners to either give up their pistols or place their name on a registry and pay a tax. Under the new rule, ATF re-defines pistols with stabilizing arm braces as “short barrel rifles.”
Law-abiding citizens who do not register their pistols with ATF, or who are unable to navigate ATF’s notoriously slow red-tape-plagued process, face up to 10 years in jail and a potential $10,000 fine. ATF says gun owners must either register their firearm, “turn the firearm into your local ATF office,” or “destroy the firearm” before May 31st, 2023. That deadline has now passed and the rule is in effect.
The stabilizing arm brace is an accessory that attaches to the rear of the gun and allows the rifle to be fired one-handed. It was created in 2012 to assist disabled veterans, so that they could fire guns with safety and accuracy.
WILL’s Preserving Democracy Project: This new federal Second Amendment case is part of WILL’s Preserving Democracy Project. The project enforces the structural limitations on government power, hold bureaucrats to the rule of law, and fight back against rogue government officials at the local, state, and federal level—who act beyond the authority given to them.
This is WILL’s 10th lawsuit against the Biden Administration.
Gun control groups are expanding their anti-gun agenda on university campuses by urging law students to pledge to NEVER represent the firearm industry or its interests in court.
This audacious move not only undermines Second Amendment rights but also seeks to infringe upon the fundamental principle of fair legal representation protected by the Sixth Amendment.
Giffords and March for Our Lives aim to convince law students to sign a nonbinding pledge that denies the firearm industry representation in legal matters.
This direct attack on the industry is using verifiably false claims to blame the gun industry for violent crimes in America while disregarding the legal foundations of due process.
In turn, they’re using this to guilt prospective lawyers into never representing gun owners or anyone associated with the gun industry.
One of the primary FALSE claims made by these groups is that firearms are the leading cause of death among American children.
However, this claim has been debunked as it manipulates data by including young adults involved in gang violence in the category of children.
The true cause of childhood deaths is not firearms but other factors, such as motor vehicle accidents.
The firearm industry should not be unfairly scapegoated based on false statistics.
But Giffords and March for Our Lives have also launched their pledge drive on several prominent law school campuses, aiming to pressure law firms by suggesting that graduates who refuse to sign their pledge against the firearm industry or Second Amendment rights not be considered for their talents.
This attempt to manipulate the legal profession poses a grave threat to the principles of fair representation and the constitutional rights of ALL individuals.
Gun rights is facing threats on multiple fronts:
Anti-gun legislation in Washington and Austin
Unconstitutional executive orders by Sleepy Joe Biden
The ATF arbitrarily changing definitions and turning gun owners into felons overnight
The Fake news media acting as a megaphone for the Gun Control Lobby
Now, the Gun Control Lobby is pressuring law firms and students to NOT represent gun owners or the gun industry!
That’s why your support of Texas Gun Rights is so important.
CJ Grisham, Esq. Legal Counsel Texas Gun Rights Foundation
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