How to use the ‘good sport’ law
Posted On July 18, 2021
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas is considering new rules for good sport shooting, but a gun rights group says the changes will do little to curb gun violence.
A coalition of groups including the Texas Association of Firearms Owners and the National Rifle Association are suing to block the measure, saying it’s a misguided effort to restrict gun rights.
The law already prohibits the use of assault weapons, including high-capacity magazines, and it requires background checks for those seeking to buy a gun.
The Texas Legislature is considering the legislation on a bipartisan basis and could approve it as early as next week.
It has been stalled by an effort by the NRA and other groups that oppose any change.
The coalition, Texas Carry, has been lobbying against the bill since the shooting deaths of five people and the wounding of seven others in January.
The groups argue that Texas has a long history of gun violence, and that the law is a thinly veiled effort to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and law-abiding citizens.
Texas Carry says there is no evidence that the new rules will stop gun violence in the state, but the groups said that if enacted, the new measures would be “a devastating blow to public safety and a devastating blow for the Second Amendment rights of Texans.”