Anyone in TX needs to take action on HB3773


April 27, 2013, 12:29 AM
I've pretty much given up with forwarding the reps emails from NRA or GOA, or TSRA, now if I don't have time to pick up the phone and CALL, I just don't bother.

With that being said, I suggest anyone who lives in Texas (and even some who don't, stupidity spreads like the plague), to take 10 minutes out of your day one day next week, and place a call to every one of these committee members and tell thm this "legislation" does not even meet the minimum requirements to go to the house for a full vote.

That minimum requirement being it directly violates my natural born right to protect myself.


Oppose HB 3773 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston)
On Monday, April 29th, the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence is taking public testimony on HB 3773 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston).

HB 3773 is beyond bad and, if passed, would gut what the press refers to as "Castle Doctrine" passed by TSRA and NRA in 2007.

Among the many things wrong with HB 3773, the bill would raise the mental standard for using deadly force for personal protection from "reasonably believes" to the impossible level of "substantially certain", and requires the intended victim be "unable to safely retreat".

An assailant pulls a gun or a knife on an intended victim, a CHL for instance, the intended victim must first consider getting away and second be"substantially certain" the assailant is serious about using the gun or knife to do them harm.

Probably worse, HB 3773 repeals the "presumption" for use of deadly force for every location other than within your home, only within your home would you not be required to retreat first. If you're on the street or in your vehicle you would be required to try to get away and then, again, be absolutely certain the assailant intends deadly force.

An additional outrageous change would prohibit the use of deadly force to stop a robbery or aggravated robbery . If the intended victim is stopped on the street by an armed robber; the victim would need to comply, although an armed CHL.

HB 3773 gives protection to those who would do us harm and puts the rights and the safety of intended victims in question and in jeopardy.

These are only a few of the problems with HB 3773 by Rep. Coleman.

Please contact members of the House Committee on Criminal Justice and urge them to vote against and stop Rep. Coleman's HB 3773! Please call their office and/or send email.

Law-abiding Texans Need Your Help!
Session Ends May 27th and pro-gun bills are still in a position to pass! It's not over until it's over!
Our wish-list is long and includes bills to streamline the CHL process and make the concealed handgun license more accessible, bills to clarify where a licensee may carry, and provide personal safety to all eligible gun owners.

The NRA lobbyist and I are the Texas Gun Lobby. We're in the building and in their offices every day. We don't say it's over until it's over!

Call TSRA's headquarters to upgrade or renew your membership: 512-615-4200.

Please don't forget PAC donations. The election cycle is just around the corner.

Keep the Faith,

The underlined part in red is the worst part. Basically he thinks that it is too dangerous to be a street thug and that some of that danger should be shared with law abiding citizens. Imagine having an armed robber come up to you, stick a gun in your face, and you could not (legally) do anything about it because he hadn't yet pulled the trigger. Then you're supposed to that means give him your money....and your gun too!?!?

^^^ They are trying to turn Texas into California, and you know what they say, "as Texas goes, so goes the nation".

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Texan Scott
April 27, 2013, 02:00 AM

April 27, 2013, 01:20 PM
Who and how do I contact them?

April 27, 2013, 03:03 PM
Idk about in other states, but in Texas, as I have been told personally by the office of one of these committe chairs, when a bill is in a committee like this, each call supporting or opposing it is recorded and this is one of the main factors they use to determine whether to allow the bill to go to the floor for a full vote.

So on that note, contact these Reps and tell them to OPPOSE HB 3773!!!

1. Rep. Herrero, Abel District 34 - (512) 463-0462
2. Rep Carter Stefani District 102 - (512) 463-0454
3. Rep Lon Burnam District 90 – (512) 463-0740
4. Rep Terry Canales District 40 – (512) 463-0426
5. Rep Bryan Hughes District 5 (512) 463-0271
6. Rep Jeff Leach District 67 – (512) 463-0544
7. Rep Joe Moody – District 78 (512) 463-0728
8. Rep Matt Schaefer – District 6 (512) 463-0584
9. Rep Steve Toth District 15 (512) 463-0797

April 27, 2013, 04:19 PM
Google Texas congressional member web sites. That shud send you to all the house representatives

April 27, 2013, 07:18 PM
Something in the back of my mind tells me Coleman and Jackson-Lee are thick as thieves. If that is true, that is all I need to know about this tripe legislation.

April 29, 2013, 11:41 AM
Good luck guys. Keep up the good fight!

April 29, 2013, 12:03 PM

April 29, 2013, 01:54 PM
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April 29, 2013, 04:05 PM
Message fired to my Rep. sir!

Texan Scott
April 29, 2013, 05:04 PM
TLO hasn't updated yet... is committee adjourned? Any word on referral of HB3773?

April 29, 2013, 05:14 PM
I will call and protest this poor excuse of a "bill" but don't think we have much to worry about in Texas.

April 29, 2013, 05:38 PM
Good news from Rep Schaefer's office-"the bill was pulled and will not be heard today. Ya'lls work has payed off"! I called the list asking to oppose, and called Del Rio's( where I work now) representative also to oppose.

Texan Scott
April 29, 2013, 05:38 PM
For those who don't know, the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) has *MOVED* its legislative updates section to EVEN NON-MEMBERS can sign up to receive TSRA legislative alerts via email from this page! Please, take a moment to do so. Even if you aren't a member, it'd be good to have another well-informed friend. :)

April 29, 2013, 07:57 PM
DONE word is it will die in committee and he has no one to put up a bill in the Senate.
Per Sen Birdwell and Rep Orr offices.

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