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City of Austin furthers effort to control guns
kvue.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | JESSICA HOLLOWAY

Posted on 01/16/2013 4:59:39 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe

AUSTIN -- The City of Austin's Health and Human Services Committee spent the first hour of its Tuesday meeting discussing ways to expand gun control and safety.

"We are taking part in an important discussion that's going on at the national level," said Austin City Council member Mike Martinez.

The committee took part in a question/answer session with Austin Police Assistant Chief Sean Mannix. Mannix says since 2010, Austin police seized more than 780 guns through a buy-back program called Guns for Groceries. Mannix says the weapons seized are either destroyed or used by the police department.

APD also has a firearms unit focused on gun crimes at gun shows and illegal gun smuggling stings. The department is also a member of The Major City Chief's Association, which engages in discussion with Vice President Joe Biden related to legislation requiring states to recognize concealed carry laws and to require background checks at gun shows.

Committee members asked if the City of Austin has statistics on how much gun violence is connected to gun shows. Mannix said, "No, the background of a firearm in Texas is hard to trace."

They asked Mannix what APD is doing to enforce gun lock-up laws in private homes.

"We usually respond after something bad has happened, rather than going into private homes and enforcing laws for citizens who fail to secure their guns," Mannix said.

Andy Mormon, the mayor's chief of staff, says Mayor Lee Leffingwell is one of five mayors in Texas who are part of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition. The group aims to prevent guns from going into the wrong hands, to require every gun buyer pass a criminal background check, to get guns off streets and make gun trafficking a federal crime.

"When the mayor speaks, he speaks for the City of Austin. He represents us," said Martinez.

The committee talked about the Travis County commissioner's decision Tuesday to allow nine more gun show contracts to take place this year. Then it went into executive session to discuss legalities of local gun restrictions.

Ed Scruggs is calling upon City leaders to ban gun shows from Austin public places. On Tuesday he presented the committee with a petition with 346 signatures urging City leaders to ban guns in public places.

Several members of the public spoke at the meeting.


TOPICS: US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment; texas

1 posted on 01/16/2013 4:59:42 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If Texas ever does secede, hope one of the first acts is to deport half of Austin. However, I suspect they will self-deport to a blue state.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 5:02:15 AM PST by peyton randolph (FUBO and his wookie beard)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
On Tuesday he presented the committee with a petition with 346 signatures urging City leaders to ban guns in public places.

LOL! Buffoons. If only they had banned guns and killing people at Sandy Hook. We wouldn't be having this goofy "discussion".

sarc/

3 posted on 01/16/2013 5:03:26 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (HealthCare IS NOT a right. The RIGHT to keep and bear arms is.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Luckily. Texas conservative wrote the CHL laws with specific prohibitions against counties, cities, and state agencies passing conflicting laws and regulations.

The TxDOT HR manual was recently updated to allow employees to CARRY at work, not just secure weapons in their cars.

The mayor of Hanoi in the Hill Country and his commie buddies can piss and moan all they want.... I can carry anywhere state law says I can.

I only go to the San Francisco of Texas when I absolutely have to.

4 posted on 01/16/2013 5:06:43 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Texas law is pretty darn clear that State law trumps all local firearms laws. Austin could be setting themselves up for a litigation lottery.

/johnny

5 posted on 01/16/2013 5:09:01 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"On Tuesday he presented the committee with a petition with 346 signatures urging City leaders to ban guns in public places."

Let’s think about this, the population of Austin is 820,611. This represents a whopping 0.044% of the city; the mayor should take notice of that!!
6 posted on 01/16/2013 5:09:54 AM PST by askrenr (HOOAH! It's an Army thing.)
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To: peyton randolph
If Texas ever does secede, hope one of the first acts is to deport half of Austin. However, I suspect they will self-deport to a blue state.

I look forward to watching the long line of the tie dyed brain dead pushing their hybrids and electric cars and smelling of patchouli, out of state.

7 posted on 01/16/2013 5:10:24 AM PST by TADSLOS ( "I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."-George Mason)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"We are taking part in an important discussion that's going on at the national level," said Austin City Council member Mike Martinez.

BRAVO SIERRA!

So the ONLY reason they're having this "discussion" is because it's being "discussed" on the national level?

Liberalism truly is a mental disorder.

So because someone somewhere is discussing Honey Boo Boo, I believe we should discuss Honey Boo Boo as well.

Liberals are of a diminished mental capacity.

8 posted on 01/16/2013 5:12:11 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

First, Austin should be physically taken off the map and moved to California.

Second, a “secured” gun is useless when it takes time to “unsecure” it to protect your life when seconds matter.

Third, criminals don’t obey laws.


9 posted on 01/16/2013 5:14:07 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Not mentioned in this report was the promise by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot to sue the City of Austin and Travis Co. if they banned gun shows. That’s what I like about Texas. (For those outside our borders, that’s the Dairy Queen theme song here:)


10 posted on 01/16/2013 5:18:33 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Austin...... Just tryin to earn some street cred with their NY buddies.


11 posted on 01/16/2013 5:18:39 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: askrenr

This represents a whopping 0.044% of the city; the mayor should take notice of that!!”

...nope. The mayor won’t refer to it as “346” sigs. He’ll say “hundreds”.


12 posted on 01/16/2013 5:19:59 AM PST by albie
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To: TADSLOS

“I look forward to watching the long line of the tie dyed brain dead pushing their hybrids and electric cars and smelling of patchouli, out of state.”

****

We looking at colleges for my kid to attend. Although he has the grades for automatic admission, we’re excluding UT-Austin from the list because of the liberal infestation.


13 posted on 01/16/2013 5:22:56 AM PST by peyton randolph (FUBO and his wookie beard)
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To: peyton randolph

Good call.....nothing but steers and queers in Austin


14 posted on 01/16/2013 5:34:59 AM PST by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: showme_the_Glory

Austin ... Where Californians go when they need a job


15 posted on 01/16/2013 5:35:42 AM PST by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"When the mayor speaks, he speaks for the City of Austin. He represents us," said Martinez.

Ha!
When the mayor speaks, most of us laugh.

These people are morons.

16 posted on 01/16/2013 5:36:59 AM PST by grobdriver (Sic semper tyrannis!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Austin police seized more than 780 guns through a buy-back program

If the guns were voluntarily sold, then they weren't seized. The quality of journalism is pitiful now days.

17 posted on 01/16/2013 5:38:18 AM PST by Texan
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To: FlingWingFlyer

>> On Tuesday he presented the committee with a petition with 346 signatures urging City leaders to ban guns in public places.

As one of the commenters quipped: “In a city of over a million people, I’d call that an epic fail.”


18 posted on 01/16/2013 5:50:04 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
""We usually respond after something bad has happened, rather than going into private homes and enforcing laws for citizens who fail to secure their guns," Mannix said."

Well, that's comforting (sarc/) since the alternative is a leftist wet dream of unannounced, warrantless searches.

19 posted on 01/16/2013 5:51:36 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Texan

“Austin police seized more than 780 guns through a buy-back program
If the guns were voluntarily sold, then they weren’t seized. The quality of journalism is pitiful now days. “

Absolutely right. Talk about keeping Austin weird.....


20 posted on 01/16/2013 5:56:23 AM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
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21 posted on 01/16/2013 6:01:37 AM PST by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Wow! 346 out of over 800,000? Is that a groundswell of popular support or what?


22 posted on 01/16/2013 6:04:24 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: Tailgunner Joe

As a Texan and part-time Austinite, there is so much stupid in this one article that it hurts, and just about all involved can go to hell.


23 posted on 01/16/2013 6:07:23 AM PST by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I don’t live in Travis County but have to drive to Austin everyday for work. I call it the city of “Austism”. The oxygen thieves in Austin have no problem spending money on every stupid liberal idea that comes up. Bike trails instead of addressing the massive traffic problem, mass-transit money pits, arts in downtown area, green energy, junkets for city leaders to see how other European cities function, and a host of other liberal pipe dreams.

My office is right on the edge of Austin and another city and I make a conscience effort to always eat lunch and shop out of Austin. I avoid the town at all costs outside of work so they don’t get my money to spend on their stupid crap.


24 posted on 01/16/2013 6:42:24 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: JRandomFreeper
Austin could be setting themselves up for a litigation lottery.

Legislators from around the state take great delight in slapping the City of Austin's stupidity every two years!
25 posted on 01/16/2013 6:42:33 AM PST by TexanByBirth (Free Republic: where they may agree with the message, but they love to shoot the messenger!)
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To: peyton randolph
If Texas ever does secede, hope one of the first acts is to deport half of Austin. However, I suspect they will self-deport to a blue state.

All the newcomers in Austin fled California, and immediately tried to turn Austin into California.

26 posted on 01/16/2013 6:53:14 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
They asked Mannix what APD is doing to enforce gun lock-up laws in private homes. "We usually respond after something bad has happened, rather than going into private homes and enforcing laws for citizens who fail to secure their guns

Truth is this is nothing but a feel good law...it has no teeth in that even the Austin DA would not try to enforce it because it would be political suicide and secondly a fresh out of law school attorney would win the case since it defys the constitution in so many aspects!!

27 posted on 01/16/2013 7:18:05 AM PST by ontap
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To: Joe Brower


28 posted on 01/16/2013 7:23:45 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

‘They asked Mannix what APD is doing to enforce gun lock-up laws in private homes.

“We usually respond after something bad has happened, rather than going into private homes and enforcing laws for citizens who fail to secure their guns,” Mannix said’

Wow, thats quite the statement!


29 posted on 01/16/2013 7:33:11 AM PST by 556x45
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To: 556x45

unbelievable that the question was asked and that it was justified by an answer.


30 posted on 01/16/2013 8:08:56 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Tailgunner Joe

From the TEXAS Declaration of Independence from Mexico..

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/texdec.asp

“It has demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are essential to our defence, the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.”

THE RIGHTFUL PROPERTY OF FREEMEN! Even Texas understood it!


31 posted on 01/16/2013 8:27:22 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Rusty0604

The question I could understand...the place is a loonie bin. Its expected. The answer though, WOW!!!! I wonder if the hippies et al would like the APD rummaging around to make sure they weren’t illegal users of drugs or kiddie porn.


32 posted on 01/16/2013 9:00:10 AM PST by 556x45
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To: Tailgunner Joe
On Tuesday he presented the committee with a petition with 346 signatures urging City leaders to ban guns in public places

Wow, that is epic fail in a city that has close to 1 million population in the city and surrounding suburban areas. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot said he sue Travis Co. if they banned gun shows and he would see them in court.

33 posted on 01/16/2013 9:37:45 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (0 bummer inherited a worse economy in 2012 than he did in 2008.)
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To: basil

Ping!!!


34 posted on 01/16/2013 9:59:40 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Texas is a right to carry state, and if all is right in the world, we will have the choice of open or concealed carry when our legislature votes on the bill that is being debated at present.

It’s hard to tell where Lakeway stops and Austin begins anymore. About every other new resident I meet has moved here from California—and surprisingly, several have told me that our gun laws here were one of the things that brought them here—that and the prospect of jobs.


35 posted on 01/16/2013 11:03:32 AM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Austin does have alot of good Mexican resturants!!!


36 posted on 01/16/2013 1:33:20 PM PST by longhorn too
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