February 8, 2013 – AUSTIN, TEXAS– Today Representative James White filed HB 1142, which provides local schools boards the discretion to add an elective course offering that would give their high school students the opportunity to gain an appreciation of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
“The origins of liberty in our great nation reside in large part with the idea espoused in the Second Amendment,” said Representative White. “As a conservative, I want Texas students to have the option to learn more about both this critical part of our Constitution, and the practical knowledge of how to safely operate the common arms Texans use for hunting and self-defense.”
HB 1142 would educate students about firearm safety and training, and hunter’s safety. All instructors would be required to be a qualified and certified handgun instructor, or a licensed peace officer employed by a local law enforcement agency. This optional course would involve students learning proper maintenance, cleaning, and safe use of common firearms such as: pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns. The bill would also provide for education on the history and importance of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“Conservatives in Texas want nothing more than to preserve the freedom that was granted to us in the United States Constitution. HB 1142, along with a growing list of complementary bills being filed this session, will ensure that Texas leads the nation on standing up to the Obama Administration’s troubling rhetoric on gun control,” said Representative White.
HB 1142 is part of a strong lineup of conservative legislation that seeks to protect and expand the Second Amendment rights of Southeast Texans. Representative White is a joint author of two prominent tried and true conservative pieces of legislation, HB 47 and HB 700 to strengthen Second Amendment rights in Texas. HB 47 updates the required number of hours to earn a concealed handgun license. HB 700 seeks to allow Texans the option of open carry. Besides being a joint author on these bills, Representative White is co-authoring the following pro-Second Amendment legislation:
HB 48: providing concealed handgun license holders the opportunity to renew their license online.
HB 223: would allow school board members and superintendents with concealed handgun licenses to carry into school board meetings.
HB 553: taking steps to protect a Texan’s second amendment rights from egregious actions by the federal government.
HB 627: exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
HB 698: requiring that digital or electronic fingerprinting be offered within 25 miles of concealed handgun license applicants.
HB 972: would allow those qualified for a concealed handgun license to carry in public buildings on college campus.
Representative James White is the Member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 19, composed of Polk, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, and Hardin counties.