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Gun rights advocates rally at Capitol

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Pro-gun legislation supporters were back at the state Capitol Monday.

They are not satisfied with the gun bills that moved out of the house chamber a week ago. They want some of the most controversial gun bills to be revived and passed before the session ends later this month.

If not they are calling for a special session to give lawmakers a chance to re-load and try again.

Gun rights supporters arrived at the Capitol bearing flags, banners and some even came armed.

"I'm not out here to piss anybody off not out here really to make a point to any

Liberals," said pro-gun supporter Scott Trent.

Scott Trent arrived with his 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun slung over his shoulder. A few others carried military style rifles. It's legal as long as the weapons are not loaded and are not displayed in a menacing way.

"It's way too much hysterical I think our problem is, people associate guns in general, too many people associate guns in general with the bad guy, and they should associate it with the good guy," Trent said.

The point of this pro-gun rally and march around the Capitol was to save several bills that are currently in legislative limbo.

"We want a vote. We want a vote. We want a vote." protestors shouted.

The legislation they want to revive includes the open carry bill. Another that would allow permit holders to enter any building they want with a gun and a measure to abolish all gun free zones even at schools.

"We've been informed that we need to ask Governor Perry for a Special Session," Tammy Koontz of Texan Gun Rights.

Earlier this month, state lawmakers passed a packaged of gun bills in what was called gun day at the Capitol.

It was the first Saturday meeting of the session for house members. About a dozen pro-gun bills were sent to the senate for consideration. They include the campus carry legislation, the School Marshall bill, and an item that would prevent state authorities from enforcing federal gun regulations that conflict with Texas law.

Organizers of the Monday Capitol march were not impressed.

"Why not be satisfied with the bulk of bills that got out of the House? Because they were all good, feel good bills. The open carry on campus gives the campus the right to opt out," Koontz said.

The odds are not good the gun bills in limbo will get a second shot. The only special session lawmakers are preparing for seems to be on one next year to address education funding.

 

Gun Bills To GOVERNOR FOR SIGNATURE:

HB 47 /SB 864

  • Lowers hours for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) course from 10 hours to "not less than 4 or more than 6."

SB 299

  • Amends current law regarding to the unintentional display of a handgun by a person with a CHL.
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