State of Texas Archives: on Gun Control


Ronny Jackson: Supports gun ownership and public carry

I will defend our right to keep and bear arms. I believe that law abiding citizens of this country should be able to have guns in their homes and carry them in public.˙ I am a member of the NRA and have been a gun owner my entire life. I will work to ensure that no one can take away or limit our ability to defend ourselves or our constitutional right to our guns.
Source: 2020 TX-13 House campaign website RonnyJacksonForTexas13.com Jul 27, 2020

MJ Hegar: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety for gun-sense majority

Everytown for Gun Safety threw its support behind 11 Democratic Senate candidates including MJ Hegar in Texas.

"Everytown is going all-in to flip the Senate and elect leaders who will treat America's gun violence epidemic like the crisis it is," the Everytown President said. The group has targeted a number of key races in the House and Senate, emphasizing the need to protect what it calls a "gun sense majority," which is mostly comprised of Democratic candidates.˙

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2020 Texas Senate endorsements Jun 9, 2020

MJ Hegar: Supports policies that are pragmatic & enforceable

Hegar said she would not "pander to one side or another" on the issue of firearm-related deaths, but will only support policies that she thinks will "move the needle on gun violence" and will be "pragmatic" and "enforceable." She said that universal background checks would be more effective than confiscation.
Source: The Texan on 2020 Texas Senate race Jun 8, 2020

MJ Hegar: Eager to finally put an end to senseless gun violence

As a gun violence survivor, mom of two young boys, and responsible gun owner, this is personal to me. Enough is enough. We must pass common-sense gun safety legislation to require background checks on every single gun sale, including closing the gun show loophole--a proposal that the majority of Texans support. We must pass red flag laws limiting access to firearms for domestic abusers--including closing the "boyfriend loophole." We must fully fund the CDC to reverse the damage of the decades-long ban on gun violence research. We must stop selling assault rifles that were intended for war. We must call on state and local officials to end open carry. We can enact these policies if we make our voices heard. I am proud to be endorsed by gun safety groups like Giffords and the Brady PAC, and I'm eager to join these front line organizations to finally put an end to senseless gun violence.
Source: The Yale Politic e-zine on 2020 Texas Senate race Apr 2, 2020

August Pfluger: Second amendment protects us against government tyranny

Pfluger told˙Texas Scorecard˙that he was against the ban on bump stocks, saying things like this would lead to a "slippery slope" that infringes on constitutional rights. Pfluger also said he is against "red-flag" law types of legislation. "I own weapons. And yes, I use them for hunting, but that's not why we have the Second Amendment--we have it to protect ourselves against government tyranny."
Source: Texas Scorecard on 2020 Congressional TX-11 election Feb 20, 2020

MJ Hegar: Reverse ban on gun violence research by CDC

I will use my perspective as a mother, responsible gun owner and combat veteran in my work to pass urgently needed legislation to protect our communities, including passing commonsense gun safety legislation to require background checks on every single gun sale, fully funding the CDC [Centers for Disease Control] to reverse the damage of the decades long ban on gun violence research, stopping the sale of weapons of war like assault rifles, and ending open carry.
Source: The Texas Tribune on 2020 Texas Senate race Feb 12, 2020

MJ Hegar: For background checks, red flag laws; end open carry

We must pass common-sense gun safety legislation to require background checks on every gun sale, including closing the gun show loophole. We must stop the sale of assault weapons to the public, pass red flag laws, and fully fund the CDC to reverse the ban on gun violence research.

I am also calling for state and local officials to end open carry. The reasons gun owners like me have for wanting to protect our Second Amendment rights are not served by open carry.

Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website MJforTexas.com Jan 20, 2020

Sema Hernandez: Use Commerce Clause to regulate gun sales & manufacturing

I will utilize the Commerce Clause to regulate gun sales and manufacturing. I will introduce and/or support legislation which will require mandatory universal background checks, close gun show loopholes, outlaw the sale of assault weapons, end the manufacturing of ammunition for assault weapons, and protect the rights of gun owners, while offering voluntary buy-backs. There is no legal or rational reason not to require registration of guns in the event a crime is committed with the weapon.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website, Sema4Texas.com Jan 12, 2020

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Advocates for gun legislation majority of Americans support

Cristina believes our representatives should fight for victims of gun violence and their families, and Texans that are demanding change, and not the NRA. Cristina has endorsed the Peace Plan for a Safer America. Cristina will advocate for gun legislation that the majority of Americans support, including universal background checks, banning and buying back assault weapons like AR-15s and AK-47s, and holding the gun lobby accountable for the harm they have done to our communities.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website CristinaForTexas.com Dec 19, 2019

Royce West: We must regulate deadly weapons

My position on gun reform has been clear for over 30 years. In the 1990's I authored bills on both universal background checks and an assault weapons ban. Since the 90's, I have remained consistent in my unwavering belief that we must regulate deadly weapons. I support universal background checks, banning weapons of war, red flag laws, and limiting magazine capacity. We need brave legislators in Washington to take on the NRA.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website RoyceWest.com Dec 19, 2019

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Ban assault style weapons, pass background checks

When it comes to gun control, TzintzŁn Ramirez said she was the best shot in her family growing up and supports protecting the second amendment, but she said she also supports mandatory gun buybacks. "I've been waiting my entire adult life to see Congress do very basic things like pass universal background checks, banning assault style weapons and instead we've been teaching a generation of young people to play dead in their classrooms," TzintzŁn Ramirez said.
Source: KXAN-TV NBC on 2020 Texas Senate race Nov 10, 2019

MJ Hegar: Ban assault weapons, but no mandatory buyback

Like many Democrats, Hegar supports a ban on sales of AR-15s, AK-47s and similar assault-style weapons. That was the stance Beto O'Rourke took last year when he tried to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, and which he stuck with for months as a presidential contender
Source: Dallas Morning News on 2020 Texas Senate race Oct 30, 2019

Chris Bell: Universal background checks; buyback assault weapons

The Democratic candidates for Senate agreed on the need for legislation to end gun violence but differed on whether such laws were possible in a Republican-controlled chamber.

"Nothing is going to get done," said former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell, who said he supports universal background checks and a buyback program for assault weapons. "It speaks to how broken our democracy is. Until you elect more independently minded people, nothing is going to change."

Source: Dallas Morning News on 2020 Texas Senate debate Sep 5, 2019

Chris Bell: Ban assault weapons, with mandatory buyback

The Democratic candidates for Senate agreed on the need for legislation to end gun violence but differed on whether such laws were possible in a Republican-controlled chamber.

"Nothing is going to get done," said former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell, who said he supports universal background checks and a buyback program for assault weapons. "It speaks to how broken our democracy is. Until you elect more independently minded people, nothing is going to change."

"Military-style semiautomatic assault weapons have no place in our homes, within our neighborhoods or on our city streets," he said. "I am in 100% agreement with Beto O'Rourke that a ban and buyback program for assault weapons is needed for lasting results that will keep Texas families and communities safer."

Source: Dallas Morning News on 2020 Texas Senate debate Sep 5, 2019

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: We all want background checks & ban on weapons of war

MJ Hegar's rivals pounced after she rejected Beto O'Rourke's call for mandatory buybacks of assault weapons--reflecting a major fault line in the field of Democrats angling to take down Sen. John Cornyn next year.

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez rejected Hegar's stance. "Without a mandatory buyback program, we're leaving weapons of war in our communities. That's a recipe for violence," she argued on Twitter. "Our children's lives are on the line. This isn't a time for political caution." campaign, noting that her 2-year-old son is at risk. "The most harrowing place I will ever take him is his kindergarten classroom," she said.

"These policies are not controversial," Tzintzun Ramirez said of universal background checks and a ban on weapons of war. "We do not have elected officials that are willing to enact the will of the majority of Americans. If we do not have elected officials that are willing to actually represent the will of the American people, then we elect people that do."

Source: Dallas Morning News on 2020 Texas Senate debate Sep 5, 2019

Royce West: We can legislate on guns when we turn Texas blue

Dallas said it was possible to work with Republicans on gun violence issues, saying that "he's not tired yet," when it comes to legislative maneuvering. He said beating incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn and turning Texas blue would help speed the process.

"That is a perspective. That's not my perspective," West said after Bell's remarks. "My perspective is that we can get this done. We must get this done, when we turn Texas blue, I assure you that we will be able to get something done."

Source: Dallas Morning News on 2020 Texas Senate debate Sep 5, 2019

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Ban assault weapons, with mandatory buyback

MJ Hegar's rivals pounced after she rejected Beto O'Rourke's call for mandatory buybacks of assault weapons--reflecting a major fault line in the field of Democrats angling to take down Sen. John Cornyn next year.

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez rejected Hegar's stance. "Without a mandatory buyback program, we're leaving weapons of war in our communities. That's a recipe for violence," she argued on Twitter. "Our children's lives are on the line. This isn't a time for political caution."

Source: Dallas Morning News on 2020 Texas Senate race Aug 12, 2019

Beto O`Rourke: Universal background checks; ban assault weapons

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Ted Cruz (R): No. Led fight not to ban assault weapons. Calls gun control efforts "tiresome."

Beto O'Rourke (D): Yes. Supports universal background checks & banning assault-style weapons.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Texas Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Lupe Valdez: For common sense gun control measures; keep community safe

I am in support of common sense measures that can keep our children and communities safer. We must push for universal background checks, making it a state offense to lie on a background check, and closing loopholes so domestic abusers can't have access to a weapon. We should enact, not simply study "Red Flag" laws, so that law enforcement and families can flag someone who may pose an immediate danger to themselves or others for their access to firearms to be temporarily limited.
Source: 2018 Texas Gubernatorial campaign website LupeValdez.com Oct 9, 2018

Ted Cruz: Led fight not to ban assault weapons

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Ted Cruz (R): No. Led fight not to ban assault weapons. Calls gun control efforts "tiresome."

Beto O'Rourke (D): Yes. Supports universal background checks & banning assault-style weapons.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Texas Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Andrew White: Not anti-gun but we need universal background checks

I support the 2nd Amendment. I'm not anti-gun. The terrible events we see on the news should make you wonder how we got here. A tight primary race creates a competition to see which politician can be more "Pro-Gun". The gun lobby birthed its own "litmus" test: you're either pro-gun or anti-gun.˙I bet most of us are somewhere in between.˙We need a universal background check law that requires ALL gun buyers, regardless of where they buy the gun, to have a simple background check performed.
Source: 2018 Texas Gubernatorial campaign website AndrewWhite.com Feb 22, 2018

Jodey Arrington: Second Amendment is about individual right to bear arms

I Believe in the Right to Bear Arms: Liberals often use tragedies to confiscate or regulate our firearms and demonize gun ownership. The Second Amendment is clear: your individual right to bear arms "shall not be infringed" upon by the federal government. I will ensure it stays that way.
Source: 2016 Texas House campaign website JodeyArrington.com Nov 8, 2016

Ted Cruz: Purpose of Second Amendment is protection against tyranny

[Former Congressman and radio talk-show host] Joe Walsh took to Twitter [prior to the 2016 election] to announce his post-election day plans. "On November 9th," he wrote, "if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. You in?"

It may be tempting to write off Walsh's latest proclamation. But this sentiment--that a Donald Trump loss might justify the violent overthrow of a Hillary Clinton administration--is a longtime GOP talking point. The NRA has longed peddled the "insurrectionist" theory of the Second Amendment, arguing that the right to bear arms was intended to protect citizens against a tyrannical ruler.

This insurrectionist theory has gained a foothold in the Republican Party. During his campaign for the presidential nomination, Texas Republican Ted Cruz asserted that the Second Amendment provides "a Constitutional right to protect your children, your family, your home, our lives, and to serve as the ultimate check against governmental tyranny--for the protection of liberty."

Source: Slate.com, "Grabbing My Musket," on 2018 Texas Senate race Oct 26, 2016

Beto O`Rourke: Supports common sense gun laws

I think closing all background check loopholes would be a great place to start. That is universally popular in this country. It makes so much obvious sense that it's hard to believe Congress has been unable to act on that. That goes to show you the power of the NRA. I would like to see the Centers for Disease Control have the ability to study gun violence, which they are prohibited from doing today.That again shows Congress' capture by a narrow interest group.
Source: El Paso Inc. on 2018 Texas Senate race Jul 18, 2016

Greg Abbott: Favor open carry of holstered handgun

House Bill 910 authorizes a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun. This open carry legislation allows individuals with a CHL license to carry their guns openly, without concealment, in a holster in any location that CHL holders were previously able to carry concealed weapons. There are close to 900,000 CHL holders in Texas, and the state has agreements whereby permit holders from over 40 states may also carry handguns in Texas. Any private businesses seeking to prohibit open carry within their establishments must abide by strict signage requirements that some within the business community consider onerous.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 20-11-0 on May/29/15; passed House 102-43-1 on May/29/15; signed by Governor Greg Abbott Jun/13/15.

Source: Texas Gun Sense on Texas legislative voting records: HB910 Jun 13, 2015

Royce West: Oppose open carry of holstered handgun

House Bill 910 authorizes a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun. This open carry legislation allows individuals with a CHL license to carry their guns openly, without concealment, in a holster in any location that CHL holders were previously able to carry concealed weapons. There are close to 900,000 CHL holders in Texas, and the state has agreements whereby permit holders from over 40 states may also carry handguns in Texas. Any private businesses seeking to prohibit open carry within their establishments must abide by strict signage requirements that some within the business community consider onerous.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 20-11-0 on May/29/15; Sen. West voted NO; passed House 102-43-1 on May/29/15; signed by Governor Greg Abbott Jun/13/15.

Source: Texas Gun Sense on Texas legislative voting records: HB910 May 29, 2015

Sylvia Garcia: Oppose open carry of holstered handgun

House Bill 910 authorizes a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun. This open carry legislation allows individuals with a CHL license to carry their guns openly, without concealment, in a holster in any location that CHL holders were previously able to carry concealed weapons. There are close to 900,000 CHL holders in Texas, and the state has agreements whereby permit holders from over 40 states may also carry handguns in Texas. Any private businesses seeking to prohibit open carry within their establishments must abide by strict signage requirements that some within the business community consider onerous.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 20-11-0 on May/29/15; Sen. Garcia voted NO; passed House 102-43-1 on May/29/15; signed by Governor Greg Abbott Jun/13/15.

Source: Texas Gun Sense on Texas legislative voting records: HB910 May 29, 2015

Van Taylor: Van Taylor

Favor open carry of holstered handgun House Bill 910 authorizes a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun. This open carry legislation allows individuals with a CHL license to carry their guns openly, without concealment, in a holster in any location Any private businesses seeking to prohibit open carry within their establishments must abide by strict signage requirements that some within the business community consider onerous.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 20-11-0 on May/29/15; Sen. Taylor voted YES; passed House 102-43-1 on May/29/15; signed by Governor Greg Abbott Jun/13/15.

Source: Texas Gun Sense on Texas legislative voting records: HB910 May 29, 2015

Greg Abbott: Individual right to keep and bear arms was settled in 1791

Greg Abbott believes the right to keep and bear arms was settled in 1791 when the 2nd Amendment was adopted to the U.S. Constitution. On behalf of 31 states, Attorney General Abbott championed a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision (District of Columbia v. Heller) that struck down a handgun ban and protected an individual's right to bear arms.

Greg Abbott continues to protect 2nd Amendment rights by preparing to challenge potential federal laws that limit gun rights. He was also one of the first Attorneys General in America to challenge the Obama Administration's efforts to use the United Nations to regulate guns in the United States.

As an avid hunter and member of the Texas State Rifle Association and National Rifle Association, Greg Abbott will continue to fight any federal government overreach that aims to disrupt the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Texans.

Source: 2014 Texas Gubernatorial campaign website, GregAbbott.com Nov 4, 2014

Emily Sanchez: Opposes an absolute right to gun ownership

Q: Do you support or oppose an absolute right to gun ownership?

A: Oppose.

Source: E-mail interview on Texas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Brian Babin: Rock-solid defender of the 2nd Amendment

2nd Amendment: I am a rock solid defender of the 2nd Amendment, a 30 year member of the NRA, and was endorsed by the NRA in my 1996 congressional race.
Source: 2014 Texas 36th House campaign website BabinForCongress.com Aug 31, 2014

Steve Stockman: The best gun lubricant around is Liberal Tears

Rep. Steve Stockman--a Republican primary challenger to Sen. John Cornyn of Texas--might be the closest thing in this election year to a middle finger running for the US Senate by itself:Stockman seems to be betting--again--on his talents for nation-scale insult comedy, for grabbing free publicity with over-the-top attacks on the hard right's enemies. He holds a place in the Hill's modern lore as an innovator in the art of shock politics. Stockman has now been the wild-man newcomer of two different House classes, 18 years apart.
Source: Washington Post on 2014 Texas Senate race Jan 4, 2014

Steve Stockman: 1993: Opposed federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound

In his first stint in Congress in 1994, Stockman became infamous for his conspiracy theories about gun control. He contended, for instance, that the 1993 federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Texas was staged by the Clinton administration as a political gesture to bolster the case for an assault-weapons ban.
Source: Washington Post on 2014 Texas Senate race Jan 4, 2014

Steve Stockman: AR-15 giveaway: the perfect Mother's Day gift

Stockman's famously incendiary tweets are enjoying increased scrutiny. Here's a sampling: