“Biden is threatening our 2nd Amendment rights,” Abbott wrote on Twitter. “He just announced a new liberal power grab to take away our guns.”
The Republican governor continued, “We will NOT allow this in TX. It’s time to get legislation making TX a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State passed and to my desk for signing.”
Abbott commented on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s signing of legislation on April 6 that would ban state law enforcement from enforcing federal gun control laws that infringe upon the Second Amendment.
“This is what I’m seeking for Texas—a law to defy any new federal gun control laws,” he wrote. “It will make Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary State. Legislation is moving in the Texas House and Senate. I look forward to signing it.”
The Texan governor’s statement follows President Joe Biden’s announcement of several gun control measures on April 7. Biden in his announcement cited two recent high-profile shootings that took place in Boulder, Colorado, and Atlanta, Georgia, calling the events part of a “gun violence public health epidemic.”
On April 6, the Texas House State Affairs Committee approved a bill—the Texas HB 2622—that would make Texas a second amendment sanctuary state. Abbott in March signalled his support for the legislation, claiming the bill “would forbid Texas state agencies & local governments from enforcing new federal gun laws or rules.”
Texas state Rep. Justin Holland, who is an author of the bill, proclaimed at a committee hearing last week that it “does not and cannot prevent the federal government from enforcing their new laws, regulations, and restrictions,” reported The Texan News.
“We just won’t enforce or allow their policies, or direct state resources to any federal efforts in Texas,” Holland concluded.
A similar bill—Texas SB 541—is being considered in the state senate.
This comes after A gunman killed one person and critically wounded at least five at a cabinet manufacturer in Bryan, Texas, on Thursday afternoon, police said.
The gunman, who is believed to be an employee of the company, Kent Moore Cabinets, fled before police arrived but was later taken into custody, Bryan Police said.
In a subsequent statement shared by CNN affiliate KBTX, the Bryan Police Department said the suspect was Larry Bollin of Grimes County, Texas.
According to the release, the 27-year-old was taken into custody by the Texas Department of Public Safety and had been charged with murder. He was booked into the Brazos County Sheriff's Office, it said.
Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske said earlier that it was not known how long the suspect had been working at the company, located inside an industrial park, or what the motive was for the shooting.
The gunman used a handgun and acted alone, Buske revealed.