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Texas HB112 would force Biden to send federal forces to confiscate guns
LegiScan outlines Texas House Bill 112, an initiative in the Texas House of Representatives that will keep Texas employees from enforcing any federal laws concerning firearms, firearm ammunition, and firearm accessories.
Thirty-six gun bills pre-filed so far ahead of the 87th legislative session
If you need a reason to subscribe to The Texan, here it is: clear reporting on gun legislation in Texas. The Texan reported in an 11 November 2020 article on 36 gun bills filed (including HB 112) in the Texas House.
After the mass shootings last year in El Paso and Odessa, many politicians called for stricter gun control policies — and many Texans concerned about Second Amendment infringements began pressing for their counties to become “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” by pledging not to enforce unconstitutional regulations.
With state legislators now able to file bills in advance of the upcoming legislative session, many of the proposed policies discussed last year have now been brought forward over the past few days of pre-filing.
The types of gun-related bills that have been submitted so far are mostly along partisan lines, with Republicans proposing bills to defend Second Amendment rights and Democrats proposing stricter firearm regulations.
Of the 36 gun-related bills proposed so far, eight have been put forward by Republicans.
Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) filed a bill that he first proposed to the legislature in 2013, which then-Attorney General Greg Abbott helped draft.
While the legislation passed the Texas House of Representatives after its third reading with 100 votes, it died in the Senate.
The bill, House Bill (HB) 112 or the Texas Firearm Protection Act, would prohibit law enforcement from enforcing federal measure “that purports to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the statute, order, rule, or regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation, such as a capacity or size limitation, a registration requirement, or a background check, that does not exist under the laws of this state.”
Toth’s legislation comes at a time when former Vice President Joe Biden has been projected as the winner of the presidential election by national media outlets.
Biden’s campaign lists sweeping gun control proposals, including policies to limit individuals to one firearm purchase per month and ban all online sales of guns and ammunition.
“We’re obviously not concerned about the Trump administration and we know that they’ll defend and stand with us on the Second Amendment, but the ‘O-Biden’ administration has made it very clear that they’re coming after our guns. They’re gonna get a big ‘hell no’ out of Texas,” Toth told The Texan, calling a Biden administration “Obama 2.0.”
Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-Spring) has filed two bills relating to guns.
HB 26 would eliminate the governor’s authority under a disaster declaration to control the sale, transportation, and use of weapons and ammunition.
HB 55 would allow school marshals to carry and possess a concealed handgun by removing a requirement that marshals whose “primary duty [. . .] involves regular, direct contact with students” must not carry a handgun, but only possess it in “a locked and secured safe” at the school’s premises.
On the subject of school marshals, Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) also filed Senate Bill (SB) 158, which would waive the fee for “the issuance of a duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun” for current marshals.
Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction) submitted HB 276, which would expand protections for carrying handguns beyond active judges to include retired judges and government attorneys.
Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster), who is currently in a runoff election for Senate District 30 scheduled for December 19, filed two gun-related bills as well.
HB 299 would expand the list of exceptions for permitless carry of handguns to include anyone eligible for a License to Carry permit who is not a gang member, as long as the weapon is concealed or holstered.
His other legislation, HB 304, is nearly identical to a bill that Springer filed in 2015 and would effectively expand the locations where LTC holders are permitted to carry a handgun that are currently prohibited under state law.
Lastly, Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) filed a bill that would prohibit “red flag” laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders (ERPO).
Such laws allow courts to accept petitions requesting that firearms be confiscated because owners display “red flag” warning signs that they may use their guns to harm others or themselves.
Cain’s proposed legislation, HB 336, would prohibit the enforcement of any ERPOs.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who will be presiding over the state Senate in the upcoming session, has similarly voiced opposition to red flag laws, arguing instead for expanded background checks.
The other 28 gun bills that have been pre-filed thus far all come from Democrats and focus on measures to regulate firearms more strictly.
While the proposed legislation is wide-ranging, many of the bills prioritize the five goals outlined by the Texas House Democratic Caucus last year to:
- Enact extreme risk protection orders;
- Expand background checks;
- Ban the sale of high-capacity magazines;
- Limit the open carry of semi-automatic long guns;
- And require stolen guns to be reported to law enforcement.
In addition to legislation that would severely limit Texas’ stand-your-ground law, Rep. Terry Meza (D-Irving) pre-filed 12 gun-related bills — the most out of any member.
Meza’s bills range from the Democratic Caucus’ policies above to a bill that would allow local governments in the state to regulate guns and ammunition (HB 238), to a bill that would require all loaded firearms to be stored in a locked container (HB 185).
“Requiring background checks for all firearm sales and transfers is an important step towards preventing firearms from being transferred to those who should not possess them,” said Ortega in a press release. “Closing this loophole will make Texans safer from gun violence and save lives.”
Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) pre-filed three gun bills: HB 213 to limit the carry of firearms other than handguns, HB 236 to create Spanish translations of the signs prohibiting open and concealed carry, and HB 245 to require anyone selling or exchanging a firearm at a gun show of three or more people to perform a background check.
Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) pre-filed HB 52, a similar bill related to background checks at gun shows
(Read about the last eight bills mentioned at The Texan)
One HB112 is enough, but 36 unfiled bills supporting Texans’ gun rights will not work
Since unfiled bills in support of our Second Amendment rights do nothing, we need to get on the phone and send emails to our state representatives and senators.
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Costco cancels sale of all MyPillow products
The New York Post reports that Costco has discontinued sale of Mike Lindell’s MyPillow products.
Costco became the latest retailer to drop My Pillow’s products — and CEO Mike Lindell blamed “cancel culture” for the move.
The wholesale chain is among more than 20 companies that have cut ties with My Pillow following his allegations that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from ex-President Donald Trump.
Costco did not give a specific reason when it told Lindell that it would discontinue his merchandise after selling through the inventory it had left, he told The Post Tuesday. The Minnesota-based bedding maker’s products have also disappeared from Costco’s website.
“Costco basically did a slow cancellation, slower than the other stores,” Lindell said in a phone interview.
The decision will cost My Pillow between $4 million and $10 million in annual sales, according to Lindell.
It will also affect some 40 salespeople who would travel to Costco stores to hawk the company’s products, he said. Lindell said he has offered those staffers other jobs at My Pillow, though “we did have to lay some off.”
Lindell said Costco did not explain the move, but he thinks it was related to what he calls the “cancel culture” that influenced other companies.
Some retailers such as Bed Bath & Beyond, however, have cited declining sales in explaining why they dropped My Pillow products.
Costco “said they were going to discontinue us but they were going to honor their contract, which I’m not sure what that means,” Lindell said.
Costco declined to comment Tuesday. The Washington state-based company previously told Newsweek that it planned to keep selling Lindell’s products because of “contractual commitments to MyPillow that we intend to honor, as we seek to do with all of our suppliers.”
(Read to find a possible origin of the removal of MyPillow as reported by the New York Post)
Recently, I had no reason to choose between Sam’s Club and Costco. Now I have one.
Every year, I have to balance cost of renewing my Sam’s membership and Costco membership with the savings gained by using these outlets. Now I have one more reason to avoid Costco.
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Mike Lindell announces MyStore, a competition to Amazon
Newsweek reports that Mike Lindell has announced the creation of MyStore as an alternative to Amazon.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell on Monday announced that he’s launching “MyStore,” an online marketplace for entrepreneurs that will rival Amazon, the largest global internet-based store.
Speaking on Steve Bannon’s War Room: Pandemic, Lindell said, “I’m looking at another thing we’re going to be launching, which is MyStore, which is a rival to Amazon.”
Currently, a version of MyStore is on the MyPillow website, featuring a range of patriotic and miscellaneous products, including “Freedom Flags,” “Freedom Coffee,” “USA Flag Pole,” and conservative books about former President Donald Trump.
Lindell boasted that his online store will include a range of products from “entrepreneurs and investors” in a video shared on the site.
“For years entrepreneurs and inventors have come to me with products and ideas. They don’t know how to market them and I haven’t had the time to show them. And now today, I am proud to announce this platform called MyStore.com,” he said in the clip. “I am going to put vetted products from great entrepreneurs on here, like you see a sampling of them here today, that are going to change this country.”
He added: “We’re finally going to be able to see these products and be able to get these great entrepreneurs, their great ideas, out to you, the public.”
The section of MyStore on the MyPillow website appears to have been added over two years ago. In October 2019, Lindell promoted the platform at the Made In America 2019 event.
(Read more at Newsweek)
I remember Amazon when it started. It was a limited bookstore with none of the books I wanted.
On initial review of the MyStore inventory, I only see a few things worth my time and money. However, in order to support someone who supports Christian ministries, who espouses conservative ideals, and who works to advance those ideals, I think I will also put some money here.
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Marco Rubio’s letter to Robert Manfred
Senator Marco Rubio provided a number of cogent points to the MLB Commissioner.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred asking him if he’ll relinquish his personal membership at Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club, after Manfred announced the MLB would move its All Star Game and Amateur Draft out of the state because of its revised election laws. Noting MLB has no problem conducting business as usual with nations that prohibit democratic elections, like China and Cuba, as well as its partnership with Tencent, a company that facilitates the persecution of dissidents in China, Rubio accused Manfred of engaging in nothing more than woke corporate virtue signaling.
“Taking the All-Star game out of Georgia is an easy way to signal virtues without significant financial fallout. But speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party would involve a significant loss of revenue and being closed out of a lucrative market.” Rubio wrote. “I am under no illusion that Major League Baseball will sacrifice business revenue on behalf of its alleged corporate values. Similarly, I am under no illusion you intend to resign as a member from Augusta National Golf Club. To do so would require a personal sacrifice, as opposed to the woke corporate virtue signaling of moving the All Star Game from Atlanta.”
The full text of the letter is below:
Dear Commissioner Manfred:
I write to ask you whether you intend to maintain your membership at Augusta National Golf Club. As you are well aware, the exclusive members-only club is located in the State of Georgia.
Last week, you “decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game” from Atlanta because of Georgia’s revised election law. It is a decision that will have a bigger impact on countless small and minority owned businesses in and around Atlanta, than the new election law ever will. And one that reeks of hypocrisy.
Will Major League Baseball now end its engagement with nations that do not hold elections at all like China and Cuba? Will you end your lucrative financial relationship with Tencent, a company with deep ties to the Communist Party and actively helps the Chinese Government hunt down and silence political dissidents?
Since Major League Baseball now appears eager to use its “platform” to demonstrate “unwavering support” for fundamental human rights, will you cease your relationship with the Chinese Government, which at this very moment is committing genocide against the Uyghurs Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)?
I am, of course, under no expectation any of this will happen. Taking the All-Star game out of Georgia is an easy way to signal virtues without significant financial fallout. But speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party would involve a significant loss of revenue and being closed out of a lucrative market.
In the end, as a citizen of a free nation you, and Major League Baseball, have the right to speak out against laws in the U.S. you disagree with, even if it is on the basis of false information. What would be truly bold, however, is if you would speak out on behalf of the voiceless who face arbitrary imprisonment, forced sterilization, coerced abortions, rape, and other horrific acts at the hands of one of your business partners. I am under no illusion that Major League Baseball will sacrifice business revenue on behalf of its alleged corporate values.
Similarly, I am under no illusion you intend to resign as a member from Augusta National Golf Club. To do so would require a personal sacrifice, as opposed to the woke corporate virtue signaling of moving the All Star Game from Atlanta.
(Read Senator Rubio’s original message at Senator Marco Rubio’s page)
Although Marco Rubio made the mistake of joining John McCain and six Democrats to offer amnesty to illegals, maybe now he has learned his lesson
Hopefully, Marco Rubio will no longer stab fellow Republicans in the back in the way he and John McCain joined six Democrats to offer illegals amnesty in a way that would have destroyed the Republican party. Mind you, when he stabbed the Republicans in the back with the Gang of Eight, he had just been elected by campaigning as an uber-conservative.
Still, hopefully, he will continue his current conservative streak. And I would rather vote for somebody who is with me 80% of the time rather than a Democrat who is with me 30% of the time.
Rand Paul makes several points against the corporate wokesters who oppose the Georgia law
One thing you can count on is the libertarian tendencies of Rand Paul. He may not be a standard conservative, but he sticks to his guns.
Your sports league might be a little too woke if it will freely do business with Communists in China and Cuba, but… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 03, 2021