Texas Governor Greg Abbott passed a two – year spending bill this weekend providing for a $ 1 million public safety campaign for firearms storage, to which he said he would like to see the government. Opponents of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun rights activists.
Abbott, a Republican, approved the $ 250-billion budget without vetoing individual posts.
The money would go to the Texas Department of Public Security to design and roll out a campaign to promote the safe storage of firearms, similar to that warning against drunk driving and driving. encouraging motorists to use their seatbelt. The NRA and gun rights activists opposed a bill to include the program in national law and did not get a vote.
An ANR lobbyist told lawmakers that a campaign designed by the Texas state police could be corrupted by an anti-gun speech. However, this money was approved by the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives and then by Senate budget negotiators in mid-May.
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The program comes into effect following a massive shootout at Santa Fe High School near Houston, which killed 10 people and wounded 13 others in May 2018. Investigators said the armed man then aged 17 had taken up arms from his father before opening fire. After this shootout, Abbott said he wanted to "encourage the millions of law-abiding Texans and firearms owners to take personal responsibility for gun safety."
The governor did not mention in the program in a statement the budget released Saturday.
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Last month, Texas lawmakers voted in favor of anyone legally able to possess a firearm, whether it was concealed or concealed for a week after a declaration of natural disaster.
There are more than 1.3 million handgun license holders in Texas.
Associated Press contributed to this report.