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Texas: Governor Perry Signs Important Pro-Gun Measures Into Law!

Governor Rick Perry has signed Senate Bill 321 into law! This NRA-backed bill authored by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) and state Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington) prohibits employers from enacting and enforcing bans on employees transporting and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work. The act will take effect on September 1, 2011. Click here to view a copy of NRA-ILA's press release on this topic.

SB 321 applies to both public and private employers, as well as all lawfully-owned firearms - not just firearms in the possession of Concealed Handgun Licensees. However, SB 321 does not authorize an employee to possess firearms on any property where such possession is prohibited by state or federal law, and the provisions of the bill do not apply to the following:

  • <LI class=MsoNormal>Vehicles owned or leased by the employer and used by the employee for work purposes; <LI class=MsoNormal>School districts, open enrollment charter schools, and private schools as defined in Section 22.081, Education Code; <LI class=MsoNormal>Property owned or controlled by a person, other than an employer, that is subject to a valid, unexpired oil, gas, or other mineral lease that contains a provision prohibiting the possession of firearms on the property; or
  • Property owned or leased by a chemical manufacturer or oil and gas refiner permitted by TCEQ and on which the primary business conducted is the manufacture, use, storage or transportation of hazardous, combustible, or explosive materials; however, employees at these facilities who are CHLs may store firearms (including rifles or shotguns) in their private motor vehicles in parking areas located outside of secured and restricted areas which contain the physical plant, are not open to the public and which are constantly monitored by security personnel.

Governor Perry also signed into law the following NRA-supported measures:

House Bill 25 by state Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) and state Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) will extend the right to carry a handgun to your boat or personal watercraft without needing a Concealed Handgun License – a right which law-abiding Texans currently enjoy in their private motor vehicles. For many, these vessels – especially on weekends in some parts of the state – are, for all practical purposes, an extension of one’s home. It will remain an offense under HB 25 if the handgun is not hidden from plain view, the person in possession is engaged in criminal activity or a member of a criminal street gang, or the person is not eligible to possess the firearm under state or federal law. Effective 9/1/11

House Bill 716 by state Representative Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) and state Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) will allow properly-permitted landowners or helicopter owners to contract with third parties to ride on helicopters and take depredating feral hogs and coyotes. This bill will help control the population of these animals and reduce cost to landowners. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission will retain authority to ensure that these operations are run in a safe and effective manner. Effective 9/1/11

House Bill 2560 by state Representative Ralph Sheffield (R-Temple) and state Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) will prevent the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from adopting or enforcing rules restricting a foster parent’s ability to transport a foster child in a private motor vehicle if a handgun is present, as long as the foster parent is a Concealed Handgun Licensee and the handgun is “in the possession and control” of the foster parent. This is intended to mean that the firearm could be stored in the glove box, console or trunk of the vehicle. State agencies should not create disincentives to foster parenting by forcing those individuals to forego their Second Amendment rights! Effective immediately

Senate Bill 766 by state Senator Craig Estes and state Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) limits the ability of local governments to sue owners or operators of sports shooting ranges, and requires an expert report on whether ranges meet generally-applicable industry standards before a civil action suit can be brought against them. Effective 9/1/11

Please contact Governor Perry’s office to thank him for supporting the Second Amendment this session! The Governor’s office may be reached by phone at 1-800-252-9600 or e-mail by clicking here.

This alert is posted at: www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=6936




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Setting aside the Second Amendment for a moment, does anybody else have a problem with the government telling employers what they can and can't ban from their own property?
 

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Setting aside the Second Amendment for a moment, does anybody else have a problem with the government telling employers what they can and can't ban from their own property?
That is a good point. But as has been evident in recent news, places like pharmacies are getting hit and employees are not allowed to defend themselves. Moreover these companies refuse to hire protection.

I would follow the law and as such would not work for such companies. My argument has always been go the legal rout to change gun laws that force companies to recognize the right to self defense. that is what Texas did and I applaud them for it. It is a tricky area in law but this is a state law not a federal law. There is a big difference.
 

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Setting aside the Second Amendment for a moment, does anybody else have a problem with the government telling employers what they can and can't ban from their own property?


A couple of the companys from back east moved down to Texas doing the 2004 & 2005 era had a few run in with the local people carrying weapons in there cars or trucks parked out in the parking lot of the company and they got a bit upset over the people carrying weapons in there vehicles and fired a few people over it .

so some of the people got togerther with the state people and asked them to let the company know if you move here ..we carry weapons in our vehicles and if you do not like it then tough s--- as one large company CEO was told ..

the ceo was told we are not going to have another luby's on our hands just because of some ideas that you thinks works in lala land where your from ..so yes we do own rifles and pistol and yes we keep them in our trucks for use as need ..

so if you want to do business in Texas remember we carry guns here in this state so if you do not want to do business here then do not come here because we love our right to carry and it shows in our laws ..
 

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Setting aside the Second Amendment for a moment, does anybody else have a problem with the government telling employers what they can and can't ban from their own property?
But my vehicle is my property, not my employers. If they can restrict me from having a firearm in my vehicle ON their property, then they are also restricting me from having that firearm on the road to work and at any stops I make coming to and from work.
 

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Setting aside the Second Amendment for a moment, does anybody else have a problem with the government telling employers what they can and can't ban from their own property?

If it's locked in my truck, which under the law is an extention of my residence, it's not on their property. If I bring it inside the business then it is on their property and I have to abide by their wishes.

Otherwise I could see a rash of lawsuits against employers if something happens at work for them not actively providing for the safety and security of their employees.

Deny people the ability to protect themselves and you assume liability for their safety.

Texas needs a Constitutional Amendment preventing regulation of arms except for concealed carry which has already be addressed, open carry should be legalized.
 

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But my vehicle is my property, not my employers. If they can restrict me from having a firearm in my vehicle ON their property, then they are also restricting me from having that firearm on the road to work and at any stops I make coming to and from work.
Just out of curiosity: How would you feel if it were the vehicle itself? Would you support a ban on employers from stopping people from parking their cars on their property? Does the fact that the car is your property change the fact that it's parked on theirs?
 

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Setting aside the Second Amendment for a moment, does anybody else have a problem with the government telling employers what they can and can't ban from their own property?

Are you whining about them carrying a weapon in their own vehicle or what...?

If that is all, the laws in many states already say you cannot have a weapon on school grounds, state houses, courts and a lot of other places... so why are you worried... this just clarifies alot of gray areas that many were puzzled about, is all.
 

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Are you whining about them carrying a weapon in their own vehicle or what...?

If that is all, the laws in many states already say you cannot have a weapon on school grounds, state houses, courts and a lot of other places... so why are you worried... this just clarifies alot of gray areas that many were puzzled about, is all.
Absolutely not. I'm 'whining' about government telling businesses what to do.

Is that not an issue for you?
 

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Setting aside the Second Amendment for a moment, does anybody else have a problem with the government telling employers what they can and can't ban from their own property?
Not as long as the employer is held responsible for any crimes that happen on the property. They are responsible if you slip and fall because they didn't make the property safe from ice. This is no different in my eyes. They know the threat exists, yet they do nothing about it. Instead, they want to keep you from protecting yourself from it.

It's as if they went and knocked you down in that icy parking lot themselves.
 
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