April 27, 2023

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Jesse Woche, Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator

The House Community Safety Committee Must Take Action

Uvalde Families Still Waiting for the Legislature to Act

The Community Safety Committee plans to vote on several bills today, Thursday, April 27th, upon adjournment from the House floor.

Families from Uvalde, advocates, and survivors are at the Capitol waiting for the committee to vote on HB 2744 to raise the age to 21 to purchase semi-automatic rifles like that used to murder 19 children and two educators in Uvalde nearly a year ago.

Numerous survivors and loved ones waited into the night to testify on the bill more than a week ago.  As the end of the legislative session looms in a month, chances for passing legislation is diminishing.  

“We stand in solidarity with Uvalde as they await some shred of justice for their loved ones,” said Nicole Golden, Texas Gun Sense Executive Director. “After experiencing the unspeakable, these families waited countless hours at the Capitol to give their testimony for HB 2744, a moderate measure with broad public support that could prevent future violent acts. We support these survivors in demanding that Chairman Guillen and the Community Safety Committee take bold action by voting today — there is no excuse for not putting this bill to a vote.”

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