There have been a lot of reactions to the Sandy Hook Shootings and the President’s gun recommendations.
And in states across the country, new laws are being proposed and in some cases, enacted.
The Texas Legislature is just starting its biannual session, and already several gun bills are in the hopper.
And Texas is not alone.
We all saw how quickly the state of New York reacted to the Connecticut school shootings.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country…banning so-called assault weapons, a 7-round limit on magazines, and other new rules for gun owners.
In Massachusetts, where they already have an assault gun ban and 10-round magazine limit, Governor Deval Patrick wants private gun sales to be subject to a background check and a 1-gun-a-month buying limit.
Here in Texas, the hopper is filling up with gun proposals for the new legislative session.
Senator Brian Birdwell of Granbury wants students to be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus.
Representative Jason Villalba wants teachers to be able to carry concealed weapons in classrooms.
Dan Huberty of Houston wants the same privilege for school board members when they go to meetings.
Ryan Guillen of Rio Grande City wants a new misdemeanor if a hunter fires a bullet too near an educational facility.
He also wants hotels to be required to inform you if they don’t allow guns when you are booking a room.
Representative Dan Flynn wants to shorten the concealed handgun course from 10 hours to 5.
Van Taylor of Plano wants a designation on your driver’s license if you are also a CHL holder.
Sarah Davis of Houston wants lower CHL fees for veterans and peace officers.
Lon Burnham wants to keep Texas residents from using an out of state concealed permit.
Rodney Ellis of Houston wants to close the gun show loophole.
Steve Toth of The Woodlands and John Otto of Dayton want to make any federal firearms law unconstitutional in Texas. That in itself would be unconstitutional, so it has little chance of passage.
And, George Lavender of Texarkana has filed a bill, allowing license holders to carry guns openly, as many other states do.
How many of these bills reach the floor is up in the air as this session has more than a few front burner fiscal issues on its plate.