After Americans set a historic record for gun purchases in 2020, 2021 could very well be the year of gun control — at least in Texas.
Gun control activists in Texas funded by New York billionaire and failed presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg set a record of their own on the first day of pre-filing for the first 2021 session. Now, the docket for the Texas Legislature is stacked with a myriad of unconstitutional bills.
House Bill 52 and House Bill 245, for example, would ban the private sale of firearms at gun shows. But, this just scratches the surface. According to the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, House Bill 118 would also ban the transfer of firearms between family and friends, and would require FFLs to process transactions pending government approval and an undetermined fee.
Keep in mind that this is the state where bills like this should never see the light of day. Then again, this is also the state that gave us another failed presidential candidate in Democrat Beto O’Rourke — who almost exclusively campaigned on gun grabbing.
Joe Biden, whom the media has declared the President-elect, has stated that he would enlist O’Rourke as a sort of gun czar to lead the effort on gun control and confiscation.
There are a number of other notable bills introduced with the express purpose of effectively erasing the Second Amendment in Texas. These include a reversal on campus carry, raising the minimum age for the legal purchase of rifles, and a ban on standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
And yes — gun control activists are also trying to bring California-style “red flag laws” to Texas as well.
Considering all of this, it’s no wonder why Americans scooped up a whopping 17 million guns in 2020 alone. Analysts have determined that many of these sales went to first-time buyers amid social unrest and coronavirus fears. The Guardian reports that 2020’s gun sales eclipsed 2016, the last year to set a record — citing Hillary Clinton’s gun control proposals.
This news underscores the uncomfortable reality that Texas is trending in a blue direction politically, and the reason why is no secret. The past several years have seen a record number of Californians moving to other states to escape the state’s high taxes and plummeting living standards. Unfortunately, they continue voting as if they’re still in California. Texas is just the most notable victim of this trend.
As we move into the next phase of our history, gun owners must get politically active. We cannot afford to allow our only remaining Second Amendment bastions be surrendered to the gun grabbing mob.