There is no reason we cannot have reasonable gun laws that allow responsible adults to protect themselves and their families but also prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands. Texas currently has very few rules regarding who can purchase a gun. Representative Coleman supports reasonable measures such as waiting periods and gun registration that do not prevent law abiding citizens from owning guns but do discourage unlawful gun use/ownership.
Moreover, Texas has gone too far with its "shoot first; ask questions later" laws on the books. As the tragic incident of Trayvon Martin illustrated, these laws place innocent people, particularly youths, at risk. Representative Coleman supports the individual's right to self-defense, but we need to be sure do not give individuals the right to be judge, jury, and executioner.