Constitutional Carry sentenced to death?
January 25, 2019
I’ll get straight to the point.
Speaker Dennis Bonnen handed out Committee assignments to the Texas House of Representatives this week…and it’s not looking good for pro-gun Texans.
In fact, Bonnen appointed anti-gun Democrat Poncho Nevarez to Chair the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee — the committee historically responsible for the majority of firearms related bills in Texas.
If you recall, Nevarez joined the gun control lobby’s calls for more gun control following the 2017 tragedy in Sutherland Springs — where a law-abiding Texas gun owner successfully stopped an evil man.
But that’s not all.
Capitol insiders report that Poncho specifically requested Chairmanship of the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee — for the sole purpose of killing Constitutional Carry legislation.
And Bonnen awarded it to him anyway.
This is alarming behavior from a “Republican” Speaker in a Republican-controlled legislature of a pro-gun state.
We’re only three weeks into the Legislative Session and Speaker Bonnen’s actions may have soured any hopes that he may be different than his anti-gun predecessor.
And his actions are contradictory to the recent reports that Bonnen was having a “change of heart” — and was flirting with the idea of passing Constitutional Carry.
But actions speak louder than words.
Luckily, there is still hope.
HB 357, the 2019 Constitutional Carry bill, hasn’t been assigned to a committee yet.
So Speaker Bonnen can still do the right thing by assigning the bill to the State Affairs Committee.
After all, it is the State Affairs committee that traditionally handles gun related bills in the Senate.
On paper, this committee should be “gun friendly” — if all Republicans on the committee honor their pro-gun campaign pledges.
With the way Republicans have treated their pro-gun Texan constituents in the past, we realize it’s still a tall order.
But after Bonnen made a deal with the devil by appointing Poncho Nevarez to chair the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, State Affairs appears to be our best shot.
Ultimately, Texas Gun Rights’ end goal is to get a record vote on the floor of the Texas House — regardless of the committee it has to go through.
And encouraging Bonnen to assign the bill to State Affairs is only the first step of us trying to get there.
But it simply won’t happen without your support and activism.
Because when push comes to shove, politicians like Bonnen will follow the orders of those who push the hardest…for the sake of political expediency.
So please sign your Constitutional Carry petition to Speaker Bonnen & your legislators TODAY.
After that, I hope you can consider digging deep by giving $100 or even $50 to help TXGR continue fighting for your right to keep and bear arms in Texas.
Thanks for all that you’re able to do!
For Texas and Liberty,
Texas Gun Rights