Notes & Noticias: Protecting Our Community

Dear Friends,

I have long been committed to preventing gun violence in our communities. As a legislator I have consistently stood in favor of sensible reforms that will keep our families and schools as safe as possible.

So I was alarmed when residents of Creedmoor began telling my office that they are dodging fire from a nearby shooting range that has sent bullets through homes, cars, and animals.

Read on for more about what I’m doing to prevent safety hazards such as this from happening again in Texas.

Protecting Public Safety in Creedmoor

Residents of Creedmoor, a community at the southern edge of District 51, have been living for years with the constant threat of a stray bullet landing in their living room, and I’m committed to closing the loophole that has allowed this to happen.

In 2006, a gun range now known as The Shooting Ranch opened in Creedmoor. Unfortunately they have not been the best of neighbors.

Stray bullets from the range have wound up on neighboring properties, and in some cases threatened the safety of area residents. KVUE reported on an instance in which shots struck two buildings on private property near the range — property where the owners’ children play in the yard. One bullet passed through a wall landed and inside an office on the property, where thankfully no one was seated at the time.

The business is subject to SB 766, a bill pertaining to gun range safety regulations that passed in 2011, which allows local jurisdictions to regulate ranges. This range is on land that is not zoned for commercial use, and the proximity to other local businesses presents a clear danger to public safety.

While I support responsible sport shooting ranges, it is irresponsible to allow for a situation in which deadly ammunition could strike private property. In interpretation of SB 766, the City of Creedmoor should be able to regulate this establishment.

Currently, there is an injunction against the range, which will keep it closed down until October as the lawsuit by the City and area residents works its way through the courts.

However, if this public safety issue cannot be solved in our judicial system, I will file legislation in the next session to shut down dangerous and irresponsible gun ranges.

Surely we can all agree that Texans should not be at risk of injury from a stray bullet from an AK-47, especially in their own front yards.

Join Mike Martinez This Saturday

My good friend Mike Martinez is running for Mayor of Austin, and is launching his campaign this Saturday with stops in all 10 districts in our new city council map.

I am proud to support Mike. He is the best choice to lead Austin, owing to his experience and vision for our city.

Mike Martinez Campaign Launch
Hosted by 
Robin Cravey, Rep. Celia Israel, Rep. Eddie Rodriguez & Hon. Gus Garcia
Saturday, April 5th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Barton Springs
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin Texas

Mike will spend the day traveling around Austin, winding up at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River at 5:30 p.m. A full schedule of his campaign launch is available on Facebook.

This election promises to have a tremendous impact on the future of our city and whether we can remain a sustainable community that offers opportunity for all residents.

I encourage you to take time to listen to what Mike says about what he has done, and give him the opportunity to earn your support in this race.

Dove Springs Easter Egg Hunt

Save the date for Saturday April 12, when the Dove Springs Recreation Center is hosting an Easter egg hunt for children age 12 and under. The hunt will start at 10:00 a.m. and continue until noon.

Dove Springs Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 12th
10:00 a.m.  12:00 p.m.
Dove Springs Recreation Center
5801 Ainez Dr, Austin, Texas

Bunny ears are encouraged, but not required.

Thanks again for reading Notes and Noticias. I’ll see you in the community soon.

Sincerely,
Eddie