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Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos Focuses on Families this Session  print page

by: Rep. Ramos, Ana-Maria
02/19/2019

AUSTIN -- State Representative Ana-Maria Ramos, with families in mind filed House Bill 1713, requiring a person convicted of an offense involving family violence or a felony or a person who is the subject of a protective order to surrender firearms owned by the person. Under current law, individuals who fall within one of these categories are already told they are to not have guns in their possession with little to no oversight.

"I am here to make sure we do not forget about the most vulnerable individuals within our community," said Rep. Ramos. "I am merely requiring that we provide more oversight to an already existing law."

House Bill 1713 would require these individuals to provide proof of sale or otherwise relinquish their guns to a law enforcement agency. If an individual choses to turn in their firearm to a law enforcement agency and is found not guilty, the agency is to return the firearm. If it they are found guilty the gun is to be sold and the funds would be returned to the original owner.

"Recent stats show that abused women are five times more likely to be killed if their abuser owns a firearm, and domestic violence assaults involving a gun are 12 times more likely to end in death than assaults with other weapons or physical harm," said Rep. Ramos. "With today's demand for sensible gun legislation, I know House Bill 1713 is a solid change that both parties can stand behind."

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