In the first session after the Uvalda tragedy, state senator Roland Gutierrez said no one was calling for the seizure of weapons.
AUSTIN, Texas. When State Senator Roland Gutierrez returns to Austin for a second term in the Texas Senate, his mission is, as always, focused on helping families in Uvalda continue to recover from the Robb Elementary School massacre.
And reforming gun laws in Texas will be his number one priority during the first legislative session since the tragedy.
“Not a single parent in Uvalda demands that someone take away their weapons. They’re asking for a slight change to the law so that an 18-year-old won’t have access to paramilitary weapons until he’s 21. It’s common sense,” the San Antonio Democrat told us. Inside Texas Politics.
Gutierrez calls this moment a “values test” for lawmakers.
And with a record budget surplus of $32.7 billion, any legislative initiative should theoretically have funding.
Although Republicans in Austin haven’t discussed the issue for a long time, the senator says he has personally spoken to some of his GOP colleagues and there is some interest.
If cooperation is hard to come by, he says he still has a plan.
“I will add my legislation as an amendment to any of their bills,” Gutiérrez said.
Ultimately, the Democrat says he just wants any legislation to be put to a vote.
Rep. Craig Goldman, a Fort Worth Republican, told us he doesn’t know if Texas conservatives would consider raising the minimum age.
And any arms reform will continue to be difficult.
“I just don’t know if we have the voices to be open and honest with you,” Goldman told us.