‘Come and Take It’ proposal moves forward in Texas

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State Rep. Matt Krause’s bill to let Texas law officers enforce only the firearms regulations on the books in this state — and let federal officials come into Texas to enforce any federal firearms laws they see fit — is gaining momentum.

The measure is dubbed the ‘Come and Take It’ Firearms Protection Bill, and it was approved by the House of Representatives last week.

“My bill completely respects the federal government’s right and ability to make and enforce its own laws,” said Krause, R-Fort Worth. “Federal law is the supreme law of the land and HB928 does nothing to refute that; however, my bill does make it clear that where federal laws do not align with state laws, Texas will not spend its resources and time enforcing those laws for them.

“The FBI or ATF is more than welcome to come to Texas and enforce those laws in which the federal government has overstepped the state, but our local and state tax dollars won’t be helping them.”

Season’s greetings

It was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around the Texas Capitol last week.

House members gave thumbs up to a bill by state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, that would let students, teachers and staff at Texas’ public schools greet one another with traditional winter-holiday traditions — saying “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah,” and having parties that include Nativity scenes, menorahs and Christmas trees.

“We want to provide students, parents, teachers and administrators a safe harbor to openly celebrate a federal holiday and traditional winter celebrations,” Bohac said.

In the D.C. spotlight

Fort Worth’s George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush, held a fundraiser Wednesday for his Texas land commissioner campaign and Thursday morning for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, a longtime friend of the Bush family.

Bush’s D.C. fundraiser cost $500 per person and $2,500 to host, according to Politico, which obtained a copy of an invitation.

Williams’ event was more low-key, and the freshman congressman and former Texas secretary of state told the Star-Telegram before the event that asking George P. to headline the fundraiser was a natural.

“He’s my friend,” Williams said. “It’ll give people a chance to get to know him. The Bush family has been friends of mine. I think he represents the future of our party.”

Williams, elected to Congress in 2012, has been close to both former Presidents Bush as well as George P. Bush’s father. And Williams thinks that the newest-generation Bush “is a wonderful young man.”

“He’s exactly the kind of man we need talking conservative values,” he said.

Sad news

The entire Texas Senate mourned last week after learning that state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte’s nearly 6-month-old grandson, Rex, had died.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sen. Van de Putte’s precious grandson, Rex,” Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said. “I believe I speak for the entire Senate I say that when a good friend and respected colleague is in pain, we all grieve together. Tricia and I send our heartfelt condolences to her family and ask our fellow Texans to lift up the Van de Putte family in their prayers.”

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