New Texas Gun Bill


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May 29, 2017
Austin, TX
State Representative Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) has introduced House Bill 267, which would allow Texans to purchase rifles and shotgun in non-contiguous states. Currently, federal law allows the interstate sales of such firearms, but a conflicting Texas law only allows residents to buy long guns in the neighboring states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico. This state law has prevented the FBI and BATFE from approving sales of rifles and shotguns in 45 other states to Texas residents.

Please contact your state lawmakers and respectfully urge them to support HB 267 to bring Texas law into line with federal law. Contact information for returning State Senators and Representatives can be found at

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Nov 21, 2008
Friendswood, TX
This bill should pass with little trouble. Texas law was written at time when the federal law (GCA '68) required each state to have a provision in their codes authorizing its citizens to purchase long guns in contiguous states. The "contiguous state" requirement was repealed with the passage of the Firearm Owners Protection Act in 1986, but many states, including Texas, didn't amend their statutes.

Actually, Texas law doesn't prohibit buying long guns in any state, contiguous or otherwise. The FBI/NICS misinterprets it to prohibit non-contiguous sales. The problem with the statutory language the feds wanted prior to FOPA is that criminal statutes aren't written so as to state conduct that is legal, they specify prohibited conduct. This was an aberration required by then-current federal law.

This bill along with everything else gun related will be tracked in the Bill Status section on



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Jun 17, 2008
Now like stated above, I feel this bill will pass but I sent a letter by email just incase.

Thanks for the heads up people,

Nate C

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Mar 30, 2008
Black Cat Ridge
If your rep isn't performing satisfactorily, light a fire under him/her! We have to start holding our elected reps (state and national) accountable.

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