SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Monday marked one month since a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School, outside of Houston, killing eight students and two teachers. Thirteen others were injured.
One big question stemming from recent mass shootings: were there red flags? Creating such 'red flag laws' is one area state lawmakers are exploring following the instruction of Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas. However, the Republican Party of Texas took a strong stance against any stricter gun laws while drafting its Platform in San Antonio Saturday.
The Platform--made up of more than 300 planks--serves as the party's guiding principles for the next two years. It includes nine planks related to gun rights. Friday, Abbott told delegates gun rights are safe on his watch.
"I will guarantee you this: as long as I am governor, I will never allow your Second Amendment Rights to be infringed," he said.
The comments come amid pushback from some gun rights groups who are opposed to Abbott's initial nod to lawmakers exploring whether the state should adopt a red flag law. That would allow a judge to confiscate a person's weapons if they posed an imminent public safety threat.
"I really don't think this needs to turn into a partisan issue," said Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso. "This is clearly about saving lives."
Moody authored a Red Flag bill last session; House Bill 866 failed in committee.
Moody vows to bring a similar bill back next Legislative Session. He hopes the governor continues to support at least exploring the idea.
"Certainly, him mentioning it in his recommendations has opened up the conversation broader than it was during Session," Moody said.
Ed Scruggs with Texas Gun Sense said he's concerned about lawmakers once again hitting a stalemate on the issue after Republicans included such language in their platform.
"Do they represent the current political environment in the state or the average person," he asked. "I think absolutely not."
The Texas Democratic Party begins its biennial convention Thursday in Fort Worth.