Dr. John Lott testified five times before the Texas House Select Committee on Community Safety on multiple bills, from raising the age to 21, universal background checks, waiting periods, and paperwork requirements for gun dealers. The testimony on these various bills began on the evening of Tuesday, April 18th and continued until about 4 AM on Wednesday, April 19th. He was invited to testify by State Representative Mark Dorazio.
Dr. Lott’s testimony on HB 2744 relating to raising the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21. His testimony on this bill produced a lively discussion. This testimony occurred shortly after midnight on April 19th. It occurred after about 90 minutes of testimony by families that had lost loved ones in the Uvalde mass murder, with family after family demanding that something be done to stop these attacks, and the thing that they wanted to be done was raising the age to possess a gun to 21.
Dr. Lott’s testimony on HB 236 relating to background checks on the private transfer of guns. He discusses the discriminatory impact of these laws. This testimony occurred after midnight on April 19th.
Dr. Lott’s testimony on HB 298 relating to a required waiting period for firearm sales. He discusses how these laws harm people. He explains how combining HB 236 and HB 298 would impact people threatened with crime. This testimony occurred shortly before 4 AM on April 19th.Lott was the last person to testify on the last bill.
Dr. Lott’s testimony on HB 106 relating to the required reporting of multiple sales of certain firearms to law enforcement. Lott also briefly testified on HB 22, which was virtually the same as HB 106.
Dr. Lott’s testimony on HB 22 relating to the required reporting of multiple sales of certain firearms to law enforcement. HB 22 is virtually the same as HB 106, and his testimony for HB 22 merely referenced earlier testimony on HB 106.
(Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18th and 19th, 2023 and ended at about 4 AM)