Texas lawmakers proposed about 200 bills addressing gun policy during the 2021 legislative session, including some that would have established universal background checks or raised the age to purchase an assault weapon — items long on gun control advocates’ wish lists.
Two years prior, after a pair of mass shootings in El Paso and Midland-Odessa, even some Republicans had expressed willingness to tighten gun laws. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick bucked the National Rifle Association to support background checks on stranger-to-stranger gun sales.