Democrats, Republicans Team Up to Defeat Texas Bill Seeking to Expand Gun Rights for Lawmakers

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Putting their differences aside, Republicans and Democrats teamed up in Texas late last week to defeat a controversial measure which sought to expand gun rights for lawmakers in the Lone Star State.

The provision, which was tacked onto a bill that initially garnered widespread legislative support, would have given prosecuting attorneys and lawmakers – but not the general public – the freedom to carry a gun anywhere within the state of Texas.

State law currently restricts concealed handgun license holders from taking their weapons into schools, bars, sporting events and federal buildings.

On Sunday, the measure was defeated by a vote of 103 to 38.

“I’m very sad that we took a bill that I supported and did this to it,” said Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford.

But supporters of the bill, such as Democratic state Rep. Ryan Guillen of Rio Grande City, said lawmakers should have the right to protect themselves, especially following the violent assassination attempt of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords back in 2011.

“In light of Gabrielle Giffords and others, those in the public eye need to protect themselves,” Guillen said on the House floor Sunday.

Sources: Dallas News, Fox