Do you think Texas should enact stronger gun regulation?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday he could support stronger regulations for gun storage and quicker reporting to law enforcement when a court has determined someone is mentally ill in order to keep them from having weapons.

Abbott said those were top considerations to emerge after meeting representatives from a gun control group as well as gun owners and experts in mental health and education in discussions on school safety. The discussions happened after 10 people were killed last week in a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe. 

Police have said the 17-year-old suspect in the Santa Fe shooting used his father’s shotgun and .38-caliber handgun. Abbott said he and lawmakers need to look at how to address gun storage laws that might have prevented the shooter from getting the weapons.

Texas allows authorities to deny handgun licenses based on a person’s mental health history and to seize weapons from people determined to be in a mental crisis in some circumstances. But mental health history information is up to the applicant to provide and is not related to the purchase of a gun.
Texas courts are supposed to tell law enforcement if a person taken in for a mental health evaluation has been ordered into a mental hospital. Abbott said that reporting could take up to 30 days and he’d like to see that window closed to within 48 hours or less.

Proponents of stronger gun regulations have said Texas should enact tougher background checks for gun sales and “red flag” laws that keep guns away from people deemed a danger to themselves or others. And gun rights advocates have spoken out against any attempt to expand laws that could be used to seize or deny guns from someone without due process or a second review if they are deemed mentally ill. 

This poll includes information from the Associated Press.

Texas should enact tougher gun laws and “red flag” laws to keep guns from people dangerous to themselves or others.
53% (55 votes)
No, Texas shouldn't seize or deny guns from someone without due process.
47% (48 votes)
Total votes: 103

Comments

"Texas should enact tougher gun laws" nebulous . Enforcement of laws with penalties should work as driving of autos license for auto accidents account for more deaths and injuries than guns. Bad guys do not adhere to laws. Laws are for law-abiding CITIZENS.

As a concerned parent and educator, Texas needs to enact TOUGHER gun laws for the safety of everyone. Our children deserve the right to be safe and adults need to listen to their cries for a safe place to live, go to school, etc. Adults need to be responsible and take ACTION on stricter gun laws for our future Texans! Do we need to have more senseless killings? What if the next killing is your loved one?

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