Texas Freedom Caucus Meets with Abbott to Discuss Gun Proposals - Texas Scorecard

After grassroots organizations began sounding the alarm on some of Gov. Greg Abbott’s gun safety proposals, members of the Texas Freedom Caucus went to Austin to discuss their concerns with the proposed legislation directly with the Governor.

The caucus, which consists of twelve of the most conservative members of the Texas House, met with Abbott to express concerns over parts of the proposal that mandate de-facto gun storage requirements as well as the “red flag” law championed by Texas Democrats and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Members of the caucus were optimistic after sitting down with Abbott, signaling that he may be willing to work to improve the proposals to better protect Texans’ Second Amendment rights.

Shortly after the meeting, the caucus released a statement praising Abbott and looking forward to continued work with him on the issue:

Today, members of the Texas Freedom Caucus were privileged to meet with Gov. Abbott to discuss his proposals for school safety.

He is leading, listening, and proactively engaging citizens across the State of Texas on this matter of great importance. We shared specific and in-depth concerns regarding changes to gun storage laws, and other measures affecting gun ownership. It is clear that Gov. Abbott shares our goal of protecting the Second Amendment right of Texans to keep and bear arms in their homes in a manner that allows them to utilize firearms for all lawful purposes.

We are thankful for his commitment to work with us throughout the lawmaking process to ensure our mutual goals are met. Gov. Abbott’s proposals are spurring important conversations about parenting, mental health, and school safety. We look forward to working with him in the months ahead.

Abbott announced the proposals after holding a series of roundtable discussions on gun violence and school safety following the shooting at Santa Fe High School last month.

Both the Texas House and Senate have begun scheduling interim committee hearings on the subject ahead of the legislative session next year, though Abbott has not ruled out the possibility of a special session to address school safety.