A new House committee will handle every proposed legislation concerning guns and firearm safety during the legislative session in Texas.
There are 13 legislators from different regions of Texas on the House Select Committee on Community Safety. The Robb Elementary Shooting Investigation Committee, established in June at Gov. Greg Abbott’s request, formerly included two members.
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According to a news release, some members represent localities recently affected by mass shootings. The select committee included all House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee members.
“While there are many factors related to this wide-ranging issue that our chamber will discuss during the legislative session, such as mental health, social media and school safety, a necessary component to this conversation will be related to firearm safety,” House Speaker Dade Phelan said in the release. “I trust that the members of this committee will properly scrutinise the legislation that comes before them, directing our chamber on a healthy and much-needed discourse this legislative session.”
The Following Lawmakers Were Appointed To The Committee:
- Committee chair: Rep. Ryan Guillen, R-Rio Grande City
- Vice chair: Rep. Jarvis Johnson, D-Houston
- Rep. Rhetta Andrews Bowers, D-Garland
- Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock
- Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg
- Rep. Mark Dorazio, R-San Antonio
- Rep. Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin
- Rep. Sam Harless, R-Spring
- Rep. Justin Holland, R-Rockwall
- Rep. Tracy King, D-Batesville
- Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa
- Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso
- Rep. Ellen Troxclair, R-Austin
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Bills related to the possession, use, sale, and transfer of firearms and ammunition will be referred to the select committee alongside statements about gun-related criminal offenses. As of March 6, the committee did not have any meetings scheduled.
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