Trust Index: Did new Texas law put guns in the hands of criminals?
After circulating on social media, KPRC 2 Investigates took a closer look at one section of a recently passed resolution by Harris County Commissioners. On Tuesday, Commissioners passed a resolution regarding what’s behind rising crime rates.
Houston ATF task force nets hundreds of arrests in gun-related crimes
HOUSTON – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive’s Houston Office announced the creation of a Gun Crime Strike Force in January 2019. Since its inception, the task force has arrested 293 people. The task force is a partnership between ATF and Houston police targeting violent gun crimes and career criminals. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive’s Houston Office announced the creation of a Gun Crime Strike Force in January 2019. Since its inception, the task force has arrested 293 people.
Walmart returns guns and ammunition to US store displays
NEW YORK – Walmart has reversed course, announcing it is returning ammunition and firearms to their displays in its U.S. stores. On Thursday the nation’s largest retailer said it had removed the items from displays due to “civil unrest” in some areas of the country. Guns and ammunition, however, had remained for sale at the stores, just not visible to shoppers. But on Friday Walmart said the items had been restored to displays because the unrest has remained isolated. The moves come after several days of protests, vandalism, and an overnight curfew in Philadelphia after police fatally shot a Black man with a history of mental health problems.
Ask 2: Can you wear a face covering and still have your licensed-to-carry firearms on you in Texas?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Can you wear your face covering and still have your legally LTC concealed firearm on your person? Wearing a face covering to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19 does not inhibit those with licensed-to-carry firearms on them in Texas, whether openly or concealed, according to research from librarians at the Texas State Law Library. A blog post from Texas-based BCP Criminal Defense Attorneys also states that wearing a mask while carrying a gun is not a criminal offense under Texas law. The law firm says that if the facial covering is worn to reduce COVID-19 contagion, individuals are able to wear the mask and still carry the concealed weapon with a valid permit.