FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Texas Police Chiefs Association: 512.281.5400
Department of Public Safety Officers Association: 512.451.0571
Fraternal Order of Police: 800.386.5148
Dallas Police Association: 214.747.6839
Texas Municipal Police Association: 800.848.2088
Houston Police Officers’ Union: 713.426.0309
WHAT: Press Conference opposing H.B. 1911
WHO: Texas Police Chiefs Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Texas Municipal Police Association, Houston Police Officers’ Union, Dallas Police Association, Department of Public Safety Officers Association, and others
WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., Speaker’s Press Room, Texas Capitol.
Public Safety Officials Press Conference Opposing Unlicensed Carry
Austin, TX – On Tuesday, May 2 at 9:00 a.m. TPCA, FOP, TMPA, HPOU, DPA, DPSOA and others will hold a press conference in the Speaker’s Press Room regarding our opposition to House Bill 1911.
On April 18, the House Homeland Security Committee voted favorably and subsequently reported House Bill 1911, a bill authored by Representative James White (R).
This bill would allow persons to carry a weapon without a permit if they meet existing criteria to obtain a license to carry. This legislation shifts the burden of proof to law enforcement officers to verify eligibility of a person on the streets, in what likely is already a rapidly developing situation. This dangerous legislation puts the public’s safety at risk and weakens law enforcement’s ability to keep weapons off the streets.
91% of Texans support the state’s requirement to be licensed to carry a handgun.
Please plan on attending this event to hear from law enforcement and public officials on the importance of stopping this dangerous legislation from being enacted into law. Experts will be available to answer and questions relating to this topic.