Texas Gets 'F' in Gun Control
State scores 9 out of 100 on laws aimed at keeping firearms away from "criminals and other dangerous people," gun violence prevention group says
Texas scores a big fat 0 out of a possible 35 points in its efforts to curb firearm trafficking – like limiting bulk firearm purchases, for example; we also score a big zip (out of 25) for our nonexistent efforts to strengthen prepurchase background-check requirements – notably, the state has taken no step to address the so-called gun-show loophole, which allows people to buy whatever firearms are available without showing any identification. Texas scored one final 0 for its lack of restrictions on ownership of military-style assault weapons.
We scored a whopping 5 points out of 20 for legislative efforts aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of children and 4 points out of 10 (our best showing!) for controls placed on the carrying of firearms in public places – specifically, for allowing colleges and employers to restrict the carrying of weapons.
"We can do better than this," Marsha McCartney, president of the Texas Chapters of the Brady Campaign, said in a press release, "and I sincerely hope that Texas' elected officials will take action to improve our failing score during the 2009 session." Well, at least she can hope.