Texas Lt. Gov. Asks AG for Expedited Answer on Gun Rights, Security for Churches


Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has asked the State’s attorney general to expeditiously issue a legal opinion about Texas law governing concealed handgun license holders carrying in churches. He has also asked for a legal conclusion about congregations’ freedom from regulatory fees for security teams. The Lt. Gov. vows to continue to support measures to clarify the law and protect gun rights in the Lone Star State.

It has been less than a month since Devin Patrick Kelley marched into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and shot and killed 26 people. Breitbart Texas provided extensive coverage of the mass casualty shooting and its painful aftermath.

The obviously deranged gunman escaped from a mental hospital in 2012 and assaulted his wife and stepchild in 2011. Kelley later received a conviction in a general court-martial for assaulting his wife and child. The court sentenced him to one year in jail and ordered a Bad Conduct Discharge from the Air Force. Kelley was able to pass a background check and purchase firearms because the Air Force failed to report his conviction to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Breitbart Texas reported that Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) denied Kelley a License to Carry a handgun.

On Friday, Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick sent Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton a request for an opinion on church security. Patrick called the church shooting “an immense tragedy, the likes of which I pray to never see again.” He added, “I know many are thankful for the Texan who stopped this attack through the exercise of his Second Amendment rights.”