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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2000
Contact: Felicity Bower
27 BILLS CHANGED TEXAS GUN LAW IN 1999
"Texas Gun Owner's Guide" Updated
The Texas legislature enacted 27 different bills in 1999 that had an effect
on the state's gun laws. The massive job of detecting and describing them,
from the more than 1,500 that passed, has now been completed. An updated 4th
Edition of the well known Texas Gun Owner's Guide contains all the changes
and is being released this week.
A free summary of the update is available on the web at gunlaws.com, and
a printed copy is enclosed.
The Texas Gun Owner's Guide is published by Phoenix-based Bloomfield Press,
the largest publisher of gun-law books in the country. It is available from
firearm dealers, trainers and bookstores statewide. The book is approved for
concealed handgun license training by the Texas Dept. of Public Safety.
Co-written by Alan Korwin and Georgene Lockwood, co-author Korwin points
out that, "It doesn't make sense to own a gun and not know the rules."
Korwin is available for media interview, and will be in the Dallas area
4848 E. Cactus, #505-440 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 gunlaws.com
602-996-4020 * 602-494-0679 Fax 1-800-707-4020
The Texas legislature enacted 27 different bills in 1999 that effected the
state's gun laws. I've finished the massive job of detecting and describing
them, from the more than 1,500 bills that passed. An updated 4th Edition of
the well known "Texas Gun Owner's Guide" contains all the changes and is being
released this week (2/7/00). A free summary of the update is available on
the web, click "Position Papers and Updates" at http://www.gunlaws.com. Here's
the list of bills:
HB 436 - Trespass on agricultural land
HB 525 - U. S. Forest Service authority
HB 592 - Instructor background checks
HB 635 - Taking weapon from peace officer
HB 668 - Street gangs
HB 690 - Criminal mischief penalties
HB 957 - Conditions for arming deputies
HB 998 - Burglary includes assault
HB 1265 - Carry on Superfund site penalty
HB 1269 - Detention of armed delinquents
HB 1428 - "Restrain" redefined
HB 1933 - CHL mental check and fees
HB 2231 - Rail-car burglary definitions
HB 2825 - Antique, curio, relic and black powder arms
HB 2869 - Probation conditions for kids with guns
HB 3517 - Sanction levels for armed juveniles
SB 24 - Repetitious assault on family
SB 43 - Reporting gunshot wounds
SB 50 - Protective order gun and ammo notification
SB 93 - Gun-free assisted living facilities
SB 131 - Hospital 51 sign exemption
SB 152 - Escape by juveniles
SB 370 - DPS statistics on CHL
SB 404 - Peace officer CHL after retirement
SB 717 - Conditions for government lawsuits against gun companies
SB 1368 - Technical corrections, overhaul of Chapter 411 (CHL law)
SB 1558 - Criminal trespass includes aircraft;
HCR 57 - Children’s Firearm Safety Week.
MEET AUTHOR ALAN KORWIN AT: The Texas State Rifle Association ANNUAL MEETING
February 25 - 27, 2000 Omni Richardson Hotel Richardson, Texas For info call
TSRA at: 972-889-8772
NEW FEDERAL GUN TAX FOR TEXANS
FBI TO LEVY TAX BY END OF YEAR
29 Other States Affected $13$16 Applies to
Retail Gun Sales
Under the general banner of crime reduction, and citing the Brady law for
its authority, the FBI plans to tax the retail sale of handguns and long guns,
starting Nov. 30, if their new computer systems are ready in time. The proposed
tax could generate $1 million per week nationally, based on the bureau's estimates.
Detailed information is included in a report just issued by Phoenix-based
Bloomfield Press, a book publisher specializing in gun law [Ed: Summary of
Findings on request].
Perhaps more significant than a surprising new tax from the Justice Departmentwithout
any apparent Congressional approvalis the FBI's announced plans to record
complete identifying information on every person who purchases a firearm from
a licensed dealer. Any regulation that requires such recording has been prohibited
under the McClure-Volkmer Act since 1986. Neither the tax nor the gun-buyer
registration scheme appear to be legal, according to Alan Korwin, best-selling
author of The Texas Gun Owner's Guide. Korwin has written six books on gun
law, and his Texas guide is officially approved by Texas DPS for concealed
handgun license training.
The federal registration and tax plan are being rolled out under the guise
of the National Instant Check System, required when Part 1 of the Brady law
expires this year. Under Brady Part 2, all retail handgun and long gun sales
will have to run through the system, which the FBI has based at its Clarksburg,
W. Va., data center. They are hiring 500 people to handle the anticipated
The FBI intends to waive the tax for any state that sets up an FBI-approved
central firearms clearance center, as 20 have already done. In other states,
such as Texas, each dealer will have to "enroll" with the FBI to
legally make a sale, and pay the tax on every purchase. The Bureau will accept
credit cards or will arrange to bill dealers, and those who don't pay (or
are real late on the invoice) will be literally out of business. Several authorities
have indicated that they expect enough clamor from the taxed dealers to compel
their states to comply. When 100 Arizona dealers were told at a government
meeting earlier this month, that they would not be taxed, they cheered.
TEXAS GUN LAWS COMPILED AND EXPLAINED:
Plain-English Guidebook Coincides with Right-to-Carry Law
The Texas Gun Owner's Guide is rolling out statewide in time
for the Sep. 1, 1995 opening day of the new Concealed-Handgun License classes.
Major players in the firearms community have been closely involved in the
book's developmentranging from law enforcement authorities to dealers,
shooting ranges and rights groups. Sales of the 256-page, $14.95 paperback
have been brisk in the two months preceding its release.
All Texas gun laws (not just the penal code) are included word-for-word in
the back of the book, and everything is explained in plain-English up front.
"Our new book takes the mystery out of Texas gun law," says co-author
Alan Korwin. "It doesn't make sense to own a gun and not know the
The Texas legislature has required all concealed-handgun licensees to read
the firearms laws and certify that they understand them, which is no easy
task. "The plain-English descriptions help you make sense of the laws,"
says co-author Georgene Lockwood, "because let's face it, the laws
are not written in the same type of English that most people are familiar
In addition to a comprehensive treatment of state gun law (including complete
handgun-license details), the book also includes descriptions of federal laws
that affect bearing arms, judgmental shooting and the use of deadly force,
places where it's legal to go shooting in Texas, safety rules, more than
150 sample test questions, lethal-encounter scenarios, a thorough "prohibited
places" list and much more.
For additional info or to fire up a copy call 1-800-707-4020.
Contact: Alan Korwin, Bloomfield Press, 602-996-4020 (Phoenix);
Korwin is a nationally recognized expert on gun law,
available for interview;
Media review copies of The Texas Gun Owner's Guide are available
Coming soonSupreme Court Gun Cases, Unabridged.
|The TEXAS Gun Owner's Guide
|Bloomfield Press, Phoenix, Ariz.
|Alan Korwin and Georgene Lockwood
|Trade paperback (8-1/2 x 5-1/2)
|$14.95 retail; $8.97 each at
wholesale (minimum order 12, call for details). Visa and MasterCard OK.
TO GET A COPY:
|1-800-707-4020 NOTE: Review copies for media and police are free on
Author's direct line:
|Korwin: 602-996-4020; Lockwood: 520-717-2175
About the contents:
|Eight chapters describe everything about Texas gun law in plain Englishthe right
to bear arms, the Right-to-Carry law and qualification process, new "posted
sign" requirements, deadly force and self-defense, prohibited weapons, the land of
Texas (where you can go shooting), hunting laws, federal laws, and a large safety section.
License applicants can practice with more than 150 sample test questions and 22
lethal-encounter scenarios. A special summary section of case law demystifies
"traveling" once and for all. Four appendices contain all the laws verbatim, a
glossary of terms, "crime and punishment" chart, and contacts for authorities
all over the state.
About the company:
|We're a classic small press with six titles under our belts: The Arizona Gun
Owner's Guide, The California Gun Owner's Guide, Gun Laws of America (unabridged
edition of federal gun law), The Texas Gun Owner's Guide, The Virginia Gun
Owner's Guide, and WickenburgThe ultimate guide to the ultimate western
town. Call for our free listing of books on personal safety, self defense, crime
avoidance and the Second Amendment. Coming soon: The Florida Gun Owner's Guide
and Supreme Court Gun Cases, unabridged.
About the author:
|Alan Korwin owns Bloomfield Press with his wife, Cheryl, and has been a full-time
free-lance writer for more than twenty years. His clients range from the corporate giants
to mom-and-pop operations. In addition to writing he does professional training in
executive telephone skills, writing for publication, Instant Expertisehow to find
out practically anything fast, and more. The Texas Gun Owner's Guide is his
fifth book; he has written eight.
Georgene Lockwood has been writing
professionally for more than 20 years, and met Alan Korwin at an informal writer's
luncheon group. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, AP stringer for auto racing, and
for high-tech and industrial firms both on staff and as a free-lance. Her first book, Your
Victorian Wedding, was published by Prentice-Hall, and her work appears in national
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW
Can you imagine what it took to research The
Texas Gun Owner's Guide? Co-authors Alan Korwin and Georgene Lockwood have
amassed one of the most thorough understandings of Texas gun law
you're likely to find anywhere. Alan and Georgene are professional writers with
extensive experience and they know how to pour on the expertise for an excellent
interview. Take advantage of this vast storehouse of knowledge! Feel free to call
the authors for feature stories, fact checking or background on stories you're
already doing. Or just ask them if full-time free-lance writing is everything it's
cracked up to be! You have a great source of information here whenever
you're dealing with Texas gun laws.
The Texas Gun Owner's Guide Bloomfield Press
SUBJECTS WITH LEGS:
The Texas Right-to-Carry Law
The Four New "Posted Signs" Laws
Texas Gun-Free School Zones Laws
The Assault Weapons Ban
Use of Deadly Force Self Defense Laws
Second Amendment Issues
What you can do with guns in Texas
What you can't do with guns in Texas
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