Recent 2nd Amendment News
SB 766 by Sen. Craig Estes
Shooting Range Protection Act
Over the past year and a half, I’ve collected stories from shooting range owners around the state. As Texas grows and develops these small businesses are being crowded out. Without a strong network of shooting ranges, Texas will lose a valuable source for recreation, education, and public safety and Texans will be more likely to “plink in their backyard” or not practice at all.
Bare Arms Shooting Range in Polk County, near Livingston is an example of a safe range struggling with growth and development. For the past fourteen years, Bare Arms has operated without accident or complaint. Recently a Dallas Developer, Frank Nuchereno with Anthony Properties, purchased 200 acres adjoining the range and has attempted to squeeze out the little gun range. So far an injunction against Bare Arms has been denied but the attempt required this small business owner to hire legal counsel.
Arrowhead Shooting Range in Brazos County, Centex Shooting Range near Waco, and Chandler Shooting Range near Valley Mills, are also threatened by encroaching development as large tracts of land are bought up and subdivided. This is happening although the ranges were built long before property development.
Southeast Texas Sportsman’s Club is near Beaumont, situated on 55 acres with 20-foot berms top-dressed with pine mulch.The owner, Jim Hedrick, talked with me after a neighbor complained that a bullet hit her house. The neighbor with the problem was not down-range and was the likely target of vandals, not an uncommon occurrence in the country.
Other safe Texas sport shooting ranges are under fire.
Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) has filed SB 766 which should go a long way to protect indoor and outdoor sport shooting ranges and shooting clubs, whether the range is located in a city or on county land.
SB 766 adds range protection language to the Civil Remedies Code already written to protect Texas firearm manufactures and dealers from frivolous lawsuits.
If the range is unsafe, if rounds or portions of a round are leaving the property the law is being broken, neighbors can bring about a cause of action but there must be “clear and convincing evidence”, not a witch hunt where every bullet hole in every stop sign in a county is attributed to the local by shooting range.
Without shooting ranges, concealed handgun licensees are left with no place to practice, hunters have no place to sight-in their deer rifle, and 4-H Shooting Sports youth have no place to learn gun safety. Law enforcement often use private shooting ranges, most counties don’t own a law enforcement facility.
TSRA applauds Senator Estes for taking on range protection and TSRA strongly supports SB 766, legislation to protect a vanishing, valuable safety resource, the sport shooting ranges of Texas.
We expect a companion House bill to be filed soon. More information on this issue and other bills before the Texas Legislature coming soon.
From the NRA
The U.S. House has voted for an amendment to H.R. 1 offered by Reps. Denny Rehberg and Dan Boren that prohibits the use of federal funds for a new and unauthorized multiple sales reporting scheme proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). The measure passed the chamber with broad bipartisan support.
“The reluctance of the Calderon and Obama administrations to face reality and pursue real solutions is costing the lives of law enforcement and civilians on both sides of the border,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action. “NRA has always and will continue to support any law enforcement initiative that targets criminals. Any proposal that only burdens law-aiding gun owners and retailers – as this proposal does – is a non-starter with the NRA. To put it very simply, if someone is breaking the law, go after them full bore. If they aren’t, leave them alone.”
Where’s The Cotton Candy? Bloomberg Takes Anti-Gun Sideshow On The Road: No one can say that New York City mayor and anti-gun gadfly Michael Bloomberg doesn’t support getting Americans back to work — at least those who don’t operate snow removal equipment in New York City. But those who are concerned about global warming may take issue with how he’s going about it. During an interview with ABC-TV’s George Stephanopolous this week, Bloomberg announced he has hired a driver to tour the country in a large, fossil-fuel-burning truck, towing a billboard that other Bloomberg jobbers have covered with a poster or paint job claiming that 34 people are murdered with guns each day.
Lawmakers Offer Legislation To Allow Importation Of M1s: In 2009, the Obama administration approved the importation and sale of collectible, American-made M1 Garand rifles and M1 carbines from South Korea. However, the administration reversed its decision in March of last year, deciding instead to prevent these rifles — legal to make and purchase in the United States — from entering the country.
D.C. Gun Bill: Fact And Fiction
Earlier this month, Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) introduced H.R. 645 the “Second Amendment Enforcement Act,” to eliminate harsh gun control laws imposed by the District of Columbia after the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008).
NRA Works With Coalition To Address Wolf Management Crisis:
A coalition of the nation’s largest hunting and conservation groups today thanked Members of Congress for taking several steps in the right direction for wolf conservation. The coalition reminded Congress that all wolves in the Rockies and Great Lakes area are recovered and should now be managed by state biologists. The coalition supports all four pending bills in the House and Senate to move recovered wolf populations to state management. The groups include Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Boone and Crockett Club, National Rifle Association, and Safari Club International.
The Swiss Vote To Keep Guns At Home
Switzerland has historically had one of the highest per capita rates of firearm ownership in the world. The country has no standing army, relying instead on a citizen militia for national defense. And these members of the citizen militia keep their military-issued firearms in their homes. There are also many shooting enthusiasts and shooting clubs in the country. This has been the case for decades.
NRA-ILA’s Chris Cox Speaks Out On Magazine Bans
Since the senseless January 8 attack on Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her innocent constituents, NRA members have joined our fellow Americans in offering thoughts and prayers for the victims, for their families, and for the Tucson community. Yet while we grieved, anti-Second Amendment groups worked to exploit the tragedy to resurrect their political agendas. “In the wake of these kind of incidents, the trick is to move quickly,” one antigun activist said.
This week, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox wrote an op-ed piece on USNews.com regarding this all-too-familiar anti-gun exploitation, and the benefits of standard capacity magazines. To read the piece, please click here.
Hunters’ Rights Special Session At NRA Annual Meetings: A Special Session devoted to hunters’ rights issues will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the NRA’s 140th Annual Meetings in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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