Latino groups file lawsuit against law restricting voters in Texas

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  • The state of Texas has a lawsuit against an initiative that restricts certain addresses from being used to register to vote.
  • The requirements to carry arms will now be less in Texas.
  • It’s feared that this action will cause problems in society.

Los Angeles, Jun 22 (EFE News).- The organizations League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Voto Latino filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against six county electoral offices in Texas, in an effort to prevent the application of a recently enacted law, local media reported.

The lawsuit seeks to suspend the application of the law SB 1111, signed this month by the governor Greg abbott and that is scheduled to go into effect on September 1. SB 1111 is a Republican-led measure aimed at adding restrictions to the types of addresses that can be used when a voter registers and that requires proof of residency for those using a P.O. Box.

The demand is to remove barriers

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Supporters of the legislation say it will prevent Texans from using non-residential addresses when registering to vote, such as vacant lots, motels and business premises. However, critics argue that the measure would create a barrier for numerous groups of voters, particularly those with low incomes or those who move frequently.

“It would impact college students, seasonal workers, and is strictly directed against voters of color,” LULAC national president Domingo García said Tuesday in an interview with KSAT television. “We believe that we will be able to demonstrate to a federal judge the merits (of the argument) that this law is unconstitutional,” he added. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Austin in an effort to prevent election administrators from enforcing the law in their respective counties. EFE News

Texas will allow free carrying of pistols without the need for a license

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Washington, Jun 16 (EFE News) .- The southern state of Texas, in the United States, will allow its residents to carry weapons and revolvers freely starting in September without the need to obtain a license or participate in training. The Governor of Texas, the Republican Greg abbott, initialed this Wednesday the bill that the Legislature had approved at the end of May.

The new norm only pertains to pistol or revolver type weapons, since until now Texas already allowed the free carrying without a license of long weapons such as rifles or rifles. Until now, to carry handguns in public, Texans had to obtain a license, register their fingerprints, participate in a training course, and pass a written and a written exam. threw.

Weapons may be carried without requirements

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By eliminating all these requirements, Texas joins about twenty states with similar laws in the United States. This new project is the product of pressure exerted by conservative and pro-weapons groups in the face of skepticism from police organizations, Abbott himself and the majority of the public. A recent poll by the University of Texas and local media The Texas Tribune indicated that 59% of Texans reject the free carrying of weapons without a license, while only 34% support it.

“Despite overwhelming support for common sense laws to prevent gun violence, such as universal background checks, Texas Republicans, led by a cowardly governor, are more interested in gaining the attention of the gun lobby than in preventing violence, ”said Democratic Congresswoman Veronica Escobar. Opponents of the bill have warned that it will make it easier for shootings like the one in El Paso in 2019, which left 23 people dead. EFE News

Laws Making Texas a Gun “Sanctuary” Raise Concern

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Tucson (AZ), Jun 17 (EFE News) .– The signature by the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, on a series of state laws that make the state a “sanctuary” for firearms on Thursday raised concerns about the potential impact that these provisions will have on law enforcement agencies and state residents.

Seven new laws will take effect on September 1 that, among other things, will allow Texas residents to carry firearms in public without the need for a permit, as long as they are over 21 years of age. These measures, which imply the prohibition of applying federal regulations on weapons, have caused worry to various organizations, including the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), which has more than 30,000 members.

There will no longer be training that showed how to use a weapon

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Kevin Lawrence, executive director of TMPA, said in a statement that there are still many doubts about the implementation of these provisions, which in his opinion “will make the work of the police more difficult and more dangerous”. The main concern revolves around the elimination of the requirement to attend training on the use and safety measures necessary so that both the owners of the weapons and the people around them are safe.

This measure is part of a package of seven laws that seek to protect the constitutional right stipulated in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, Governor Abbott said Thursday during a ceremony in which he signed the legislative package. “Politicians at all levels, from the federal to the local, have threatened to take their weapons from law-abiding citizens. But we will not let this happen in Texas, ”he said.

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The Republican governor assured that the new regulations make Texas a “sanctuary state of the Second Amendment.” Once the provisions take effect, Texas residents will not have to take any training courses on the use of weapons, nor will they have to present documentation or fingerprints to obtain a license from the state.

The license will be necessary only when residents want to travel to other states carrying their firearms. The changes include a ban on any government entity from contracting with businesses that discriminate against companies and organizations that defend weapons. They will also allow visitors to store their weapons in hotel rooms, and eliminate the requirement to carry a holster in public to carry a firearm. Another change includes the elimination of the criminal offense of owning, manufacturing, transporting, or repairing a silencer. Likewise, any government entity is prohibited from outlawing the sale or transportation of weapons or ammunition during an emergency declaration. EFE News

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