Texas Gun Sense

Texas Gun Sense is very proud to release our new four-part video series

Surviving Gun Violence


Texas Gun Sense

Texas Gun Sense is very proud to release our new four-part video series

Surviving Gun Violence


Texas Gun Sense

August 19, 2019


Texas Gun Sense Statement

on the Governor’s Texas Safety Commission Meeting


Texas Gun Sense is grateful to participate in Governor Greg Abbott’s Texas Safety Commission, scheduled to meet at 10:30 AM on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the State Capitol. The commission consists of elected officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, educators, social media representatives from around the state.

In the wake of the racially-motivated mass shooting in El Paso on Aug. 3 (which killed 22 and injured 26), Texas Gun Sense has an important message to deliver to the commission. As the only gun violence prevention organization invited to take part, we believe the Commission must recognize that the easy availability of firearms plays a critical role in gun-related violence. TGS will recommend that the commission review a number of common sense, evidence-based policies, including:

  • Instituting background checks on the sale of all firearms,
  • Raising the age of purchase for all firearms to at least 21 years of age,
  • Limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines,
  • Regulating sales and accessibility of assault-style rifles on the federal level, and
  • Adopting extreme risk protective order (otherwise known as a “red flag” laws).

While eager to participate in these talks, Texas Gun Sense is realistic when it comes to the political and policy differences which impact addressing gun-related violence in our state. In a divided environment, TGS knows that it is imperative we use this opportunity to make an effective, respectful case on behalf of the millions of Texans who demand that our state leaders must take immediate action to protect their constituents. It is our hope that following these discussions lawmakers of Texas can come together and expeditiously evaluate and enact legislation before another Texan is killed by a gun tragedy.

Read all of our policy recommendations here. For more information about gun violence and gun violence prevention, visit our website at www.txgunsense.org.


Contact Information:

Ed Scruggs: (512) 565-0502

Frances Schenkkan: (512) 971-0683

E-mail:  info@txgunsense.org

Website: www.txgunsense.org

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Texas Gun Sense

Vice News has released “Fear and Loading: Women and Guns in America“.  The piece was filmed in Austin in April during the week of the National School Walkout.  The Vice team traveled to Texas to explore both sides of the gun issue from the perspective of women.  Interviews included Texas Gun Sense board member and gun violence survivor, Susan R. Nelson, a group of women at a “Girls and Guns” conference and the Austin students who organized the National School Walkout at the Texas Capitol.

We are grateful to our supporters and for all you do.   Texas Gun Sense is ready to fight for common sense gun laws during the upcoming legislative session.   Please consider a one-time or sustaining donation today – the work we do relies on the generous support of donors like you.

Texas Gun Sense is a statewide nonprofit and nonpartisan organization advocating for common sense, evidence-based policies to reduce gun injuries and deaths.   For more information, visit www.txgunsense.org.

From Texas Gun Sense

Since the Parkland, FL high school shooting on February 14, 2018, so much has changed in the gun violence prevention movement.  The Parkland students have led the way with their March for Our Lives group and TGS is proud to have been asked to be a Texas partner.  We welcome all of our new supporters and want to reach out to everyone with our update.

What’s Been Happening:

Upcoming Events:

  • Town Hall with Senator Royce West and other dignitaries May 3, 2018.  Join us!
  • We will be in Dallas, May 3-5, 2018 to partner with other gun violence prevention organizations to provide information during the National Rifle Association (NRA) meeting May 4-6 in Dallas. More info.
  • We will visit Houston supporters May 16-18, 2018. Join us!
  • Every Month:  We visit the Texas Capitol once or twice per month before the legislative session begins, meeting with law makers to discuss ways to improve Texas gun law.
    Want to come to the Capitol with us?

Town Hall for Our Lives – April 8

All area Members of Congress and candidates are invited to participate in a town hall to discuss gun violence and gun violence prevention in America/Texas. Participants to be added as they RSVP. More details will be updated shortly.

Confirmed participants to date:
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)
State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (HD-51)
Mary Wilson (D candidate, TX-21)
Christine Mann (D candidate, TX-31)
Julie Oliver (D candidate, TX-25)
Chris Perri (D candidate, TX-25)
Joseph Kopser (D candidate, TX-21)
Mike Siegel (D candidate, TX-10)

Co-hosted by March for Our Lives Austin, Moms Demand Action, Texas Gun Sense, Indivisible Austin, Voto Latino, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, National Association of Social Workers Texas chapter, Texas Capitol Walkout for Gun Safety, Literary Women in Action, ADAPT of Texas, Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas, Counter Balance ATX, and others to be announced.


Sun, April 8, 2018

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT


William B Travis High School

1211 East Oltorf Street

Austin, TX 78704

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