Session Recap, New Research, and More

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share our 85th Legislative Session report with you.  With your help, we defeated unlicensed carry and other harmful bills, and moved gun violence prevention bills forward.  Many thanks for your advocacy through phone calls, emails and visits.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

We’ll be keeping a watch on the special session that starts July 18th, but don’t expect any gun bills to be taken up.

In other news, this is my final week as executive director of Texas Gun Sense.  While I remain committed to gun violence prevention, I’ll be taking some time off to spend with family.  I’ve really enjoyed helping to build the organization and working with supporters like you.  I will miss being front and center in this fight!

The Board of Directors is currently interviewing candidates and will likely have a strong replacement hired soon.  Until then, the work continues – please check out our updates below.

Thank you for all your support over the years.

My very best to you all.

Andrea Brauer
Executive Director

Senate Resolution on Gun Violence Awareness

Many thanks to Melody Chatelle, our lobbyist, and Senator Garcia, who helped get SR 854 passed and signed by the Lt. Governor in the final weeks of session. The resolution recognizes June 2nd as National Gun Violence Awareness Day, the rising number of gun deaths in the state, and the need for leaders to work together on solutions.

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Champions for Gun Violence Prevention

Three Texas legislators stand out for their hard work on and commitment to gun violence prevention this session. TGS delivered certificates to Rep. Rafael Anchia, Rep. Gina Hinojosa, and Rep. Poncho Nevarez.  We are so grateful to them and all of the gun violence prevention champions this session.

Other News

Pew Research Study

A new Pew Research Center survey provides important information on Americans’ views on guns and gun policy.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

A new study by AAP based on data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that firearms are the number three cause of death for children aged 0-17. It’s time to get serious about a multi-faceted approach to gun violence, and TGS is advocating for this with state leaders.

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