Support HB 316 and SB 1573! These bills will produce a public awareness campaign that covers firearm accidents involving children, suicide prevention, and the safe handling and storage of firearms.
- The bills’ opponents claim that the campaigns are gun control propaganda and a way to indoctrinate gun owners to give up their second amendment rights.
- But the bills do not allow for DPS to distribute materials published by firearm safety advocacy organizations, nor do they create additional gun control powers by the state.
- Three of every five gun deaths in Texas are suicides. More than half of all suicides in Texas (58%) are by firearm. The firearm suicide rate in Texas has increased 18% over the last decade.
- Gunfire is now the second leading cause of accidental death for children in Harris County. Only motor vehicles account for a larger percentage of accidental deaths. Of the 1,074 minors who died in Harris County from 2011 to 2014, about 1 in 8 was killed by a gun, according to the data.
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