AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott took to Twitter on Thursday to endorse a bill that would transform Texas into what's been referred to as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State.”
“A bill filed in the Texas House by Representative @JustinaHolland would make Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary State. It would forbid Texas state agencies & local governments from enforcing new federal gun laws or rules,” he wrote.
Rep. Justin Holland, a Republican who represents District 33, retweeting Abbott, wrote, “Thank you for your continued support of our #2A rights Gov. We Texans refuse to let the out-of-touch policies from DC infringe upon our gun rights in Texas. Ever. Let’s ALL work together to get this through the finish line. God Bless Texas!"
According to a March 5 release from Holland, under House Bill 2622 “Texas state agencies and other political subdivisions would be prohibited from enforcing or providing assistance to federal agencies on any new federal laws, orders, rules or regulations on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition inside the state.”
"I look forward to working with Senator Springer and Governor Abbott on passing the Second Amendment Sanctuary State Act this legislative session," Holland wrote. "Now is the time to step up and protect our 2nd Amendment rights in Texas. We can’t rely on the Federal Government to lead on this issue and in reality - they will do vastly more harm than good for gun rights. The State of Texas is now and forever shall be a place of refuge for the 2nd Amendment and our ability to protect ourselves, our families, homes and businesses."
Following the 2019 mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso that claimed 23 lives, Gov. Abbott signaled an openness to at least one gun control measure but since that time has made no mention of it.