Van Taylor on Gun Control



Favor open carry of holstered handgun

Favor open carry of holstered handgun House Bill 910 authorizes a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun. This open carry legislation allows individuals with a CHL license to carry their guns openly, without concealment, in a holster in any location Any private businesses seeking to prohibit open carry within their establishments must abide by strict signage requirements that some within the business community consider onerous.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 20-11-0 on May/29/15; Sen. Taylor voted YES; passed House 102-43-1 on May/29/15; signed by Governor Greg Abbott Jun/13/15.

Source: Texas Gun Sense on Texas legislative voting records: HB910 , May 29, 2015

Proposed bill to allow gun license as form of ID

The Texas House approved a batch of bills to further soften gun laws that were already among the country's most firearms-friendly, allowing college students to carry handguns in class, and exempting the state from any future federal bans on assault rifles, high-capacity magazines or universal background checks.

Dubbed "gun day" by supporters and opponents alike, the parade of votes came as thousands of members of the National Rifle Association attended the group's annual convention in Houston.

The 12 approved gun bills must all clear final, procedural votes before heading to the state Senate. A Democratic parliamentary point of order managed to shoot down just one, a bill by Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, that would have allowed the use of a concealed handgun license as valid proof of personal identification--even though obtaining such licenses requires a background check that's not necessary to get driver licenses and many other forms of ID.

Source: USA Today on 2018 Congress TX-3 election , May 4, 2013

Opposes gun control, according to PVS survey.

Taylor opposes the PVS survey question on gun control

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-10 on Aug 1, 2018

Voted NO on background check for every firearm sale.

Taylor voted NAY the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".