Texas – Senate passes the school campus conceal carry – now it’s up to the HOUSE

May 11, 2011

Just got this from J.


Campus Carry Language Added to Another Higher Ed Bill –

This Time Texas Senate Passes Measure!

Yesterday, state Senator Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio) successfully amended language allowing Concealed Handgun Licensees to protect themselves on public college and university campuses onto Senate Bill 1581, a measure authored by state Senator Steve Ogden (R-Bryan) that reforms finance methods for higher education. The Wentworth amendment was adopted by a 21 to 10 vote and then the underlying bill passed by a 19 to 12 vote. This bill now moves to the House for its consideration with the Wentworth language included. Since the House companion bill, House Bill 3639 by state Representative Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), already occupies a slot on the House Calendar, it is expected that SB 1581 could be expedited through the House Appropriations Committee and substituted on the House floor for HB 3639.

It is critical that you contact your state Representative and urge him or her to support the campus personal protection provisions of SB 1581/HB 3639. If you are a Concealed Handgun Licensee – even if you never intend to carry in a campus setting – you should be alarmed at hysterical nature of opponents’ arguments against this proposal and their attempts to portray fellow license holders as unlawful and irresponsible criminals! All gun owners and CHLs need to weigh in on this fundamental debate about the right of an individual – especially one who has passed a background check and completed a training course – to protect himself or herself.  Contact information for state Representative can be found here.

This alert is posted at: www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=6758

Urge Your State Senator to Support HB 716,

The Feral Hog & Coyote Management Bill

Feral hogs are responsible for an estimated $400 million in direct damages in Texas every year according to several sources.  There are an estimated 1.5 to 2 million feral hogs in the state across all 254 counties.  It is also reported that for each dollar spent on feral hog control, over $7.50 is saved in agricultural products that are not destroyed by this depredating species.
Currently, helicopter aerial shooting is utilized to reduce high hog concentrations and is considered the most effective means for controlling population.  Because both feral hogs and coyotes are considered depredating species, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code allows landowners to take them from an aircraft or airborne device on their own property, or to pay to have a “service provider” with a permit issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shoot these animals for them in the same manner.  This, however, can be quite costly for the landowner.

House Bill 716 by state Representative Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) and state Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) would allow a qualified landowner or landowner’s agent, as determined by Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission rules, to contract to participate as a shooter or observer in a helicopter to take depredating feral hogs or coyotes under the authority of a permit issued by TPWD.   This means a properly-permitted landowner or helicopter owner could contract with third parties to ride on these aircraft and participate in feral hog or coyote management operations — helping control population for the landowner, while reducing cost to the landowner.  The Commission would retain authority to ensure that these operations are run in a safe and effective manner.
Please contact your state Senator and urge him or her to support HB 716.  Contact information for Senators can be found here.

This alert is posted at: www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?id=6755

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