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Letter to Governor Rick Perry

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Post by Charles L. Cotton » Tue May 28, 2013 2:48 pm

I decided to send my letter directly to Governor Perry. The letter is quoted below and a copy is attached.

Please consider faxing a letter to 512-463-1849 respectfully urging him to add these items to "the call." Remember, he's been a strong supporter for many years and there is an expense to calling a special session or extending one. That said, we need his help.

Thanks,
Chas.
Cotton's Letter wrote:
May 28, 2013

The Honorable Richard “Rick” Perry
Governor of Texas
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Re: Critical NRA gun rights bills

Dear Governor Perry:

I feel somewhat uncomfortable communicating with you in such a formal manner after having had the pleasure of visiting with you in person on numerous occasions over the past years. Nevertheless, the matters set out herein are of such great importance to Texas gun owners as to warrant the formalities of a letter.

I have been honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) since 2001. In that capacity, I had the pleasure of meeting you personally and endorsing your election and reelections as Governor of our great State. I have known you for many years as a champion of Second Amendment rights not just in private conversations, but as a man who has spoken publicly on numerous occasions calling for a change in Texas law that would allow Texas concealed handgun licensees to carry their self-defense handguns everywhere in the State. In fact, after the tragic murders at Virginia Tech in 2007, you were the first public figure to stand before TV cameras and bravely call for such a change. Last December you renewed that call in response to the gut wrenching mass murder of twenty innocent children and six brave adults trying to protect them at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. While other politicians were dancing in the blood of innocent victims to gain a perceived political advantage, you were among the few who spoke the truth and called for the only rational change. I have never been prouder to be a native Texan than I was to hear our Governor publicly call for the only change that can prevent such tragedies in the future.

Your support for reducing the off-limits areas for Texas concealed handgun licensees is not motivated solely to prevent mass murders by evil people seeking their fifteen minutes of fame. When we talked during the last campaign, you noted that every Texan is a potential victim and that the long-standing excellent track record earned by Texas concealed handgun licensees makes it clear that the legislature must remove unnecessary and outdated restrictions on where these honest Texans may defend themselves and their families. You renewed your call “that every Texan with a concealed handgun license should be able to carry their handguns everywhere in this State.”

While it is an honor to acknowledge your longstanding support of law-abiding Texans, it saddens me that I have to write this letter. In spite of Texas concealed handgun licensees’ exemplary eighteen year track record that is the envy of the country, and in spite of your repeated calls to remove unnecessary restrictions on Texas concealed handgun licensees, the 83rd Texas Legislature has done something most native Texans would have considered unthinkable. The Texas Senate amended a critical NRA/TSRA bill (HB508) to grant special privileges to Texas Senators and Members of the House of Representatives in the form of the ability to carry handguns everywhere in this State, while denying their constituents the same ability to defend themselves and their loved ones.

HB508 was filed to bring to an end the decade-long practice of governmental entities and agencies posting unenforceable Tex. Penal Code §30.06 signs in an attempt to coerce and intimidate concealed handgun licensees into not carrying their self-defense handguns where it is perfectly legal to do so. This Bill passed the House with virtually no opposition, but the Senate added what became a killer amendment. When the House refused to concur with the Senate amendment, a conference committee was created. Rather than strike the elitist language from the Bill, the committee increased the insult to law-abiding Texans by extending the special privileges to members of the United States Congress. The House rightfully rejected this clear abuse of power and the Bill so critically important to all Texas concealed handgun licensees died as a result.

Prior to the Senate’s eleventh hour attempt to create special privileges for elected officials and members of Congress, the Chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee (El Paso Democrat Joe Pickett) refused to allow the Committee to even vote on a bill that would have allowed all Texas concealed handgun licensees to carry their handguns everywhere in the State (HB3218). While Chairman Pickett opposed the Senate amendment to HB 508, that did not lessen the insult to all law-abiding Texans that accompanied both the refusal to allow a vote on HB3218 and the Senate’s attempt to create special privileges for themselves and all elected officeholders.

Now that a special session has been called, I respectfully request that you stand up for Texas gun owners as you have done in the past by adding to the following subject matter to the call:
  • 1. Comprehensive campus-carry;
    2. Elimination of virtually all remaining off-limits areas for Texas concealed handgun licensees (HB3218); and
    3. Prohibition on the use of unenforceable 30.06 signs by governmental entities and agencies (HB508).
These matters are of critical importance to law-abiding Texas gun owners who have fallen victim to a failed power play by the Texas Senate and the refusal of Chairman Pickett to allow votes on several firearms-related bills. I am confident that the millions of gun owners in Texas will long remember and reward your support of their needs at this critical time.

With the utmost respect and gratitude, your friend,
Charles L. Cotton
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Post by jocat54 » Tue May 28, 2013 2:58 pm

That is a great letter.....Thank you.
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Post by 2firfun50 » Tue May 28, 2013 3:07 pm

Charles,

Would it be permissible for us to create a polite cover letter with our names and addresses to basically indicate our support to your letter and attach yours to the fax?

I don't think anyone else could have said it better.

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Post by Charles L. Cotton » Tue May 28, 2013 3:14 pm

2firfun50 wrote:Charles,

Would it be permissible for us to create a polite cover letter with our names and addresses to basically indicate our support to your letter and attach yours to the fax?

I don't think anyone else could have said it better.
I would do just that, except there's no need to attach a copy of my letter. That would unnecessarily increase their paper load. Just reference my letter and the fact that gun owners all over the Internet are encouraged by Lt. Gov. Dewhurst's comments about the possibility of Gov. Perry helping gun owners during the special session.

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Post by AEA » Tue May 28, 2013 3:19 pm

I recall calling for Perry to take action after I began to see the Gun Bills dropping like flys. I said that he should make them vote up or down and stop all the bickering/blocking.

I suppose that the Special Session is the only way that he can actually intervene and I hope he takes full advantage of this opportunity to whip the Legislature back in line to serve the residents of Texas instead of themselves.

If this does not work, is there a Recall possible for those that are not "True Texans" that can eliminate this mess we run into every two years?

Thanks Charles for going out on a limb and expressing our views correctly. :thumbs2: :tiphat:
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Post by 2firfun50 » Tue May 28, 2013 3:19 pm

Charles L. Cotton wrote:
2firfun50 wrote:Charles,

Would it be permissible for us to create a polite cover letter with our names and addresses to basically indicate our support to your letter and attach yours to the fax?

I don't think anyone else could have said it better.
I would do just that, except there's no need to attach a copy of my letter. That would unnecessarily increase their paper load. Just reference my letter and the fact that gun owners all over the Internet are encouraged by Lt. Gov. Dewhurst's comments about the possibility of Gov. Perry helping gun owners during the special session.

Chas.
Thanks Charles! I will also try to get my recent CHL students to do the same. :thumbs2:


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Post by artx » Tue May 28, 2013 3:23 pm

Hi Chas - thanks for the letter - can you send out a call on the TFC email list as well (I think I only received 2 or 3 calls to action via the TFC list over the session).

I have talked to a dozen or so folks that I believe signed up for TFC around the midpoint of this session, and many of them are (not yet) TSRA or texaschlforum members. I want to reach everyone with this call! Feel free to also distribute my letter format below. Many people I talk to are hesitant to contact their elected officials because they don't know how to lay out the letter/email/communication. Once you have an example, it is easy - the first time, it is harder.

For anyone that wants to borrow my letter format:
your name
your street address
your city, TX, your zip

Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
State Insurance Bldg
1100 San Jacinto
Austin TX 78701
512-463-1849 Fax

Dear Governor Perry,

Please add the below 3 items to the Texas Legislature special session call list. Gun owners around the Internet are encouraged by Lt. Governor Dewhurst's suggestion you may include personal protection bills in a special session. I support Charles Cotton’s letter to you today.

1) Comprehensive campus-carry. Bills such as HB 972 were held up during the regular session by political party posturing. Our college professors, staff, and adult students deserve the right to self defense.

2) Elimination of virtually all remaining off-limits areas for Texas concealed handgun licensees (HB3218). CHL holders are statistically as law abiding as Texas law enforcement, so there is no reason to prevent CHL holders from carrying in currently prohibited locations.

3) Prohibition on the use of unenforceable 30.06 signs by governmental entities and agencies (HB508). Today, many towns attempt to bully CHL holders from carrying in legal locations through posting 30.06 signs.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

your name

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Post by mojo84 » Tue May 28, 2013 3:27 pm

Mr. Cotton, did you letter go out via email or fax? I want to contact Gov. Perry and reference your letter but I do not want my email/fax to arrive prior to your letter arriving.

Thanks!
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Post by locke_n_load » Tue May 28, 2013 3:33 pm

Great stuff, will send a similar letter, but my 4th item on the list will be Open Carry for CHLers.

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Post by OldGrumpy » Tue May 28, 2013 3:55 pm

Just sent message to Governor Perry's office.
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Post by steveincowtown » Tue May 28, 2013 4:11 pm

Took everything in me to hold back what I really think about the status of gun rights in Texas, but letter sent as is.



artx wrote:Hi Chas - thanks for the letter - can you send out a call on the TFC email list as well (I think I only received 2 or 3 calls to action via the TFC list over the session).

I have talked to a dozen or so folks that I believe signed up for TFC around the midpoint of this session, and many of them are (not yet) TSRA or texaschlforum members. I want to reach everyone with this call! Feel free to also distribute my letter format below. Many people I talk to are hesitant to contact their elected officials because they don't know how to lay out the letter/email/communication. Once you have an example, it is easy - the first time, it is harder.

For anyone that wants to borrow my letter format:
your name
your street address
your city, TX, your zip

Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
State Insurance Bldg
1100 San Jacinto
Austin TX 78701
512-463-1849 Fax

Dear Governor Perry,

Please add the below 3 items to the Texas Legislature special session call list. Gun owners around the Internet are encouraged by Lt. Governor Dewhurst's suggestion you may include personal protection bills in a special session. I support Charles Cotton’s letter to you today.

1) Comprehensive campus-carry. Bills such as HB 972 were held up during the regular session by political party posturing. Our college professors, staff, and adult students deserve the right to self defense.

2) Elimination of virtually all remaining off-limits areas for Texas concealed handgun licensees (HB3218). CHL holders are statistically as law abiding as Texas law enforcement, so there is no reason to prevent CHL holders from carrying in currently prohibited locations.

3) Prohibition on the use of unenforceable 30.06 signs by governmental entities and agencies (HB508). Today, many towns attempt to bully CHL holders from carrying in legal locations through posting 30.06 signs.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

your name
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Post by mojo84 » Tue May 28, 2013 4:14 pm

done!
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Post by RoyGBiv » Tue May 28, 2013 4:30 pm

Thanks Artx... Took yours and modified.
Just fax'd this to Gov perry.
Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
State Insurance Bldg
1100 San Jacinto
Austin TX 78701
512-463-1849 Fax Date: 28-May-2013

Dear Governor,

I'd like to thank you for your longstanding of support of Texans Second Amendment rights.
Gun owners all over Texas have been encouraged by Lt. Governor Dewhurst's suggestion
that you may include personal protection bills in this special session. I write to you today
to ask that you add the following three 2A-related items to the 2013 special session call list.

I've also had the opportunity to read a letter that Mr. Charles Cotton sent to you today
regarding these same three pieces of legislation and wish to express my concurrence with
Mr. Cotton's views.

1) Comprehensive campus-carry. Bills such as HB 972 were held up during the regular
session by political party posturing. Our college professors, staff, and adult students
deserve the right to self defense. Anyone who believes that crazies and criminals are at all
deterred by our current gun-free school policies does not deserve to be a teacher of
anyone or anything.

2) Elimination of virtually all remaining off-limits areas for Texas concealed handgun
licensees (HB3218). Texas CHL holders have an exemplary 18-year track record. We have
proven ourselves worthy of HB3218.

3) Prohibition on the use of 30.06 signs by governmental entities and agencies (HB508). Too
many government entities attempt to blatantly intimidate CHL holders by posting 30.06
signs on property that is owned by taxpayers. It's time we penalize such acts.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Thank you again for your continued support of the Second Amendment.
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Post by Wes » Tue May 28, 2013 4:30 pm

Very nice letter, hopefully we get something going.

anything wrong with using one of these free online fax services like myfax.com or faxzero.com?
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Post by SherwoodForest » Tue May 28, 2013 4:40 pm

I'm usually much more vocal - but Charles....... THANK YOU ~ My "ditto" will be sent shortly.

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