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Relating to the reporting, maintenance, and use of certain misdemeanor conviction information for purposes of the databases used in a federal firearm background check.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
Currently, county and district courts are required to report low-level family violence convictions to the Department of Public Safety (DPS); municipal courts and justice of the peace courts are not. SB 666 would require all courts to report Class C misdemeanor family violence convictions to DPS, including municipal courts and justice of the peace courts. It would also require DPS to establish a procedure to correct DPS records and transmit those corrected records to the FBI when a person provides proof that the person is no longer ineligible to possess a firearm based on the commission of a family violence misdemeanor.
Texas Action remains neutral on SB 666 because it is largely procedural and does not affect our liberty principles. This appears to close a unintended loophole in these reporting requirements.