The Texas House Committee on Mass Violence and Safety will hold a hearing in Dallas to take public testimony on the subject. This is one of the Committees that resulted from Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders regarding mass violence. Expanded background checks, red flag laws, and restrictions on certain weapons are being discussed. We need people to attend, and people to testify.
The committee will hear public testimony on the following:
(1) examine options for strengthening enforcement measures for current laws that prevent the transfer of firearms to felons and other persons prohibited by current law from possessing firearms;
(2) examine impediments and challenges to the timely reporting of relevant criminal history information and other threat indicators to state and federal databases;
(3) examine the role of digital media and technology in threat detection, assessment, reporting, and prevention, including the collaboration between digital media and law enforcement;
(4) evaluate the ongoing and long-term workforce needs of the state related to cybersecurity, mental health, law enforcement, and related professionals; and
(5) evaluate current protocols and extreme risk indicators used to identify potential threats and consider options for improving the dissemination of information between federal, state, and local entities and timely and appropriate intervention of mental health professionals.
We have professional help available to guide us in writing testimony if needed. But it’s beneficial to just show up! Please attend and/or testify if you can! We need to have testimony on record that defends our 2nd Amendment rights, rather than threatens it. For additional information or help with testimony, contact Fran Rhodes at [email protected]