Subject: FELONY Gun Show Bill Moving Forward!!!
Date: Wed, 11-Apr-2001 18:30:48 GMT
-- Texas State Rifle Association Email ---
Even after 130 of you showed up on March 20 for public hearing to
testify against the three gun show bills, the House Criminal Jurisprudence
Committee voted favorably yesterday to send one forward. HB 367 by Rep. Juan Hinojosa would make it a FELONY for a private
sale of a firearm without a background check at a gun show or any
place that meets his definition. The only customers that you could
sell to would be federally licensed dealers and concealed handgun
Action from you is needed to stop this legislation as it moves toward
the House of Representatives. Call, write, fax, or e-mail (Do all
four!) your individual representative and ask for a vote against
this legislation that violates a civil-right tradition that is as
old as the history of Texas. Attach to your fax, letter, or e-mail
the talking points against gun show restrictions posted on the TSRA
web site at: http://www.tsra.com/gnshtalk.htm.
Include the references to make a complete case. All existing studies
confirm evidence contrary to the objectives of the bill's author
and supporters. Imposing rules, that will burden you, will not hamper
The information above shoots down all of Representative Hinojosa's
March 20 arguments, as well as those of his supporters. Those arguments
were more of a wish for a remedy to an imagined problem rather than
a true antidote for crime. While Rep. Hinojosa's legislation may
be well meaning and honorable, the end result would be to burden
you with unnecessary restraint, delay, and expense on the otherwise
perfectly legal sale of your firearm. And worst of all, this unnecessary
restraint is only a pen stroke away from applying to all private
sales and transfers of firearms -- inside or outside of gun shows.
The legislators supporting this close-the-loophole vogue and their
followers do not understand that the same rules for firearm transfer
apply regardless of the location of the sale.
The supporters of gun show restrictions think you object because
of an inconvenience. A FELONY conviction for something that you
have been able to do forever is more than an inconvenience. They
want you to accept useless, impractical rules to satisfy their fixation
against gun shows. Consider the following scenario if Senator Hinojosa's
HB 367 should become law.
If a potential firearm sale is not completed -- because of a background
check system outage (a fairly common occurrence), or a delay or
deny response from FBI system (three days allowed), or a change
of heart on the part of the purchaser -- the dealer is required
to run the FBI check on YOU before you can get your previously lawfully-owned
personal property back and go home! If the background check on you
also experienced a glitch, you may not get your firearm back until
after the show and have to pay shipping charges from the FFL to
boot. At this point, your "no sale" is bearing the cost of two NICS
checks plus shipping and probably insurance.
It is very important that you contact your representative to stop
this bad gun show bill. Contact information can be accessed at:
For credibility, include your name, address, and phone number. As
always, please be respectful to your representative.
FROM THE TSRA WEBSITE: WWW.TSRA.COM