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KUT Austin By Ben Philpott 12/4/2018

During the weeks leading up to next session of the Texas Legislature, we're examining some of the state's most pressing issues – and the bills lawmakers have filed to address them.

First up, guns.

Two of the worst mass shootings in the state's history have taken place since the last legislative session – one in a Sutherland Springs church that left 26 dead and 20 injured; another in Santa Fe High School that left 13 dead and 10 injured.

After the Santa Fe shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott held days of roundtable discussions with parents, students, law enforcement and lawmakers, which culminated in a list of 22 ideas to help combat gun violence in Texas. While some of those proposals have the backing of Abbott and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, others face a harder road this legislative session.

   Red flag laws

So-called red flag laws would give courts the ability to remove guns from people deemed a danger to themselves or others.

Several states already have the laws and, while Gov. Abbott suggested Texas might need to be the next state on that list, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has said the Senate won't pass the bill.


   Parental liability and safe-storage of guns
   'Constitutional' carry
   3D-printed guns
   Protection against federal gun laws
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