A week after a gunman opened fire in a crowded nightclub in Chicago, the Texas legislature passed a bill to ban “barbaric displays” of guns in the state.
It’s a first for Texas.
But it’s not a new bill.
In January 2016, the legislature passed SB 841, a bill banning “barrel bombs” that use firearms as projectiles and explosives, and another bill in April 2016, SB 1657, which would have made it a felony for people to use weapons in self-defense.
And Texas is one of five states where self-defence is a felony.
The legislation has passed both chambers, but it hasn’t been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott.
And even though it is now illegal for Texas residents to use guns in self defense, it’s still illegal for them to use them to kill.
“It’s a common-sense solution that makes sense,” says Chris Cox, executive director of the Texas chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
“But I think it’s going to take more time for it to come into effect because the bill hasn’t yet passed the House.”
The problem is, the bill has only passed the Texas House, which is controlled by Republicans, and the Senate, which has Democratic control.
There’s no chance that the House will approve the bill, which could take up a week or more.
Cox says the state’s law enforcement agencies are worried that law enforcement officers who do carry guns will be targeted by the gun lobby, which he says is behind the legislation.
He says he’s not surprised by the fact that the gun control movement is gaining momentum in Texas.
“The gun lobby has been pushing it,” he says.
“They’ve been lobbying against it and they’ve been trying to get it through the legislature, so that’s not too surprising.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been trying for years to pass laws that would ban people from using guns for self-protection.
In 2016, a bipartisan group of states passed a law that made it illegal to use a firearm in a way that could cause death or great bodily harm.
The law, which was named after Connecticut’s Christopher Columbus, was a response to the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, when 12 students, including Jared Loughner, opened fire on a crowded school in Colorado, killing 12 people.
Loughners mother, Veronica, was killed in the attack, and two of his friends, Adam Lanza and Eric Harris, were killed in their own shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
But even though that law was signed into effect in 2015, the National Rifle Association (NRA) pushed hard to get the law repealed.
NRA lobbyist and Texas representative Kevin Brady argued that a law banning the use of a firearm for self defense was not consistent with the Second Amendment.
Brady argued the law was “dangerous” and that it would “open the door to a world of tyranny.”
But Texas has one of the strictest gun laws in the country.
Texas does not have any laws that explicitly prohibit the use, sale or possession of firearms.
And unlike other states that have laws banning people from carrying guns to protect themselves, Texas does allow people to legally possess a gun.
And in Texas, that means people who don’t own a firearm can legally carry a gun on public property, but they cannot do so on private property.
Texas law currently allows individuals to carry a concealed weapon on their person if they have the permission of a licensed Texas officer.
However, a law passed in 2015 made it so that the Texas State Police would only issue concealed carry permits to individuals who were approved by a licensed local officer.
A bill that would have changed that law passed the legislature in December, but the bill was blocked by the Republican governor.
If a bill that passed the state senate is approved, the legislation would then move to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
The bill would prohibit people from bringing a firearm onto a Texas public school campus.
But, if a bill is approved by the House, the same provisions would be made applicable to schools and universities.
In March, a federal judge struck down the ban on the sale and possession of handguns.
However (and perhaps ironically), Texas lawmakers are trying to extend the ban.
A new bill was introduced in the Texas Senate in February that would prohibit anyone from carrying a firearm into a private building if it’s used to commit a crime, even if that crime has not been reported.
The NRA and Brady’s group, Texans for Concealed Carry, have pushed hard for the legislation to be approved.
“Texas is already the safest state in the nation,” says Cox.
“We need to pass this bill now.”