After U.S. Sen. John Cornyn helped introduce a “bipartisan” gun control bill, Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) blasted Cornyn for the proposal and pledged to fight attempts to enact gun control legislation in Texas. 

“Senator Cornyn’s betrayal is nothing less than an act of cowardice,” said Slaton. “I will be fighting to ensure Texas never even considers taking his bribe to pass red flag laws or any other gun control policies.” 

Slaton’s condemnation comes after the U.S. Senate advanced the gun legislation backed by Cornyn in a 64-34 vote. 

At the Republican Party of Texas Convention last week, Cornyn received an unfriendly reception; delegates booed the senator during his speech, and the party released an official resolution opposing his gun control bill.

At the center of controversy surrounding Cornyn’s legislation is funding for states to impose “red flag” laws.

Slaton added that Texas Republicans are tired of being sold out and should be uniting against the Democrats, not with them.

As part of the Republican Party of Texas’ newly released legislative priorities, the party made it clear they want their elected officials to protect the sanctity of their right to bear arms.

Protect our gun rights against threats, such as red flag laws, federal, state or other restrictions, by strengthening and preserving our inalienable rights under the Second Amendment to protect our life, liberty and property,” reads the party’s official language. “The Texas Legislature should eliminate gun-free zones.”

Slaton made it clear that he will not tolerate any legislation—whether federal or state—attempting to strip Texans of their firearms.

“The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I am committed to defending the rights of Texas gun owners against Compromise Cornyn, Washington Democrats, and any other individual who seeks to attack the natural right of self-defense.”

“Come and take it,” he added.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.