Dear Texas Senate District 30 NRA Member:
The Texas Legislature passed groundbreaking legislation to restore and protect your Second Amendment rights in the Lone Star State during its 2021 Regular Session. As NRA-ILA reported to you last week, a dozen new pro-Second Amendment bills took effect on September 1.
Your State Senator, Drew Springer, co-sponsored and voted for House Bill 1927, NRA-backed constitutional carry legislation, this session. HB 1927 allows law-abiding adults, 21 or older, to carry a handgun concealed or unconcealed for personal protection without paying a fee and obtaining a license from the state. Texas’ existing License To Carry law remains on the books so that residents and non-residents may continue to obtain LTCs for purposes of reciprocity and NICS-exemptions when purchasing a firearm.
Senator Springer co-authored the Senate companion measure to House Bill 1500, which establishes that firearm and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers and retailers are essential businesses that shall not be prohibited by state or local officials from operating during a declared disaster or emergency. This bill ensures that law-abiding Texans can exercise their constitutional right to purchase and own firearms during future disasters or emergencies, regardless of any statewide or local officeholder’s personal politics.
Senator Springer also co-authored Senate Bill 19, which discourages banks, payment processors, insurers, and other financial services providers from discriminating against members of the firearms and ammunition industries. This legislation prohibits businesses that engage in this practice from contracting with governmental entities in the Lone Star State. Taxpayer dollars should not be used to benefit the bottom-line of corporations that are actively working to erode the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Texans.
Additionally, Senator Springer sponsored and passed Senate Bill 550, which eliminates the requirement that a holster for an openly-carried handgun by a License To Carry holder be a belt or shoulder holster. This change will allow LTCs who carry openly to choose the type of holster that best suits their personal situation and self-defense needs.
Please take a moment to thank Senator Springer for his hard work on, and support for, these landmark pro-Second Amendment measures in the Texas Legislature.