Texas House Bill 1911 (Permitless Carry) Passes Committee

House Bill 1911 Moves Forward in Effort to Bring Permitless Carry to Texas

Yesterday, the Republican members of the House committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety voted along party lines to pass House Bill 1911 by Rep. James White (R-Hillister) out of committee. HB 1911, referred to as Permitless Carry, would permit a Texan eligible under state law to acquire a License to Carry to carry a handgun without a license. You can find history on the Bill here.

Texas banned open and concealed carry of handguns in 1871 with the passage of “An Act to Regulate the Keeping and Bearing of Deadly Weapons,” which was passed as part of the Reconstruction. It was not until 1996 that Texans were able to obtain a Concealed Handgun License for the lawful carry of concealed handguns. Proponents of HB 1911 hope to restore Texas to the pre-1871 time when no license was required for the open or concealed carry of firearms.

God bless Texas!

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2017 Texas Association of Defense Counsel Winter Meeting

2017 Texas Association of Defense Counsel Winter Meeting

Sabrina Karels will present her paper, The Wild Wild West: How the New Texas Gun Laws Affect Your Practice and Your Clients, at the 2017 Texas Association of Defense Counsel Winter Seminar in Beaver Creek, Colorado.


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USCCA Legal Advisory Board and Concealed Carry Expo

USCCA Legal Advisory Board

I am proud and humbled to serve on the Legal Advisory Board for the United States Concealed Carry Association. The USCCA is the first and largest member-owned association dedicated to educating, training, and insuring responsibly armed Americans.

Concealed Carry Expo April 7-9, 2017

As part of my role with the LAB, I am a presenter at the Concealed Carry Expo in Fort Worth, Texas on April 7-9, 2017. I hope to see you there.


A Call to Service

A Call to Service

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. It is humbling today to think of the sacrifices many have made for our country, for our way of life, for our very existence. While I always try to thank those in uniform for their service, those who have served often are never recognized on the street and never fully thanked or appreciated. Today and every day, I offer my heartfelt and profound gratitude for those who served our country in the armed forces.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

~ John F. Kennedy

I have watched with great sadness the harsh and angry words of the ideological differences dividing our country. It further disheartens me when I see that the one day set aside to honor veterans is clouded by these political trials and tribulations. So, today, I wanted to take a special moment to offer my words of appreciation to Veterans and thoughts of peace and accord for the nation.

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

What makes a person want to become a soldier? What gives them the courage to leave their families and friends and willingly devote their lives to the causes of a country? The answer, I believe, resides in the heart of every human. Haven’t we all felt a greater calling to something—a cause for which we would die? A task which strengthens us, defines us, and challenges us? Whether you choose to be a soldier, a parent, a marathoner, an Olympic athlete, or a teacher, it is a choice to better yourself and your world. Soldiers choose a path to become stalwart, courageous, and sacrificing. While I know there are many who do not believe in all of the causes our military is tasked to defend, I would hope everyone can at least appreciate the noble and selfless nature of their acts, understanding their defining and challenging moments are for the country in which we live.

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.  It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

~ G. K. Chesterton

When I speak to those who have served, I often am humbled and inspirited by the reason behind their choice. It is a calling like any other. Some people feel a call to heal or to write or to preach. In our own ways, each of us has been called for something. Even if you do not agree with the impetus or substance of another’s call, surely you must appreciate and respect the desire, passion, and fervent nature of a calling. While we can commiserate in the internal longing and depth of passion attendant to those calls, the call to service is unique. A soldier is willing to die for and defend the life of someone whom they have never seen and never met. Their call to service comes not from love of self but for the love of many. Their call is dangerous, unnerving, and unwavering.

It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

~ Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC

I have witnessed the lamentations of those hoping for the first female President. In that vein, let me show you a few of the women who inspire me and who, years before, proved the strength, tenacity, and courage of women in the fight for justice, equality, and freedom–women who fought and served alongside men and shored the foundation of liberty.

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!

~ Maya Angelou

sessionsMarguerite M. Sessions, Nurse, United States Navy. From her daughter:

“Marguerite Sessions was a Navy nurse during WWII and met my father who was a marine who was her patient at Great Lakes, Illinois.  They met and were married about a year later and November 28th would be their 70th Anniversary.  They had a long and happy marriage raising five kids and instilling in all of us love for our country, commitment to service, and tremendous respect for those that serve in the military. As a result, two of my brothers enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam War seeing action on the Macon Delta. They brought home with them a new view of the world loyalty and honor for having served our country during that difficult time.  My father died at age 50 when I was six years old, and my mother, through the strength gained not only from her parents but also through her service in the Navy, raised her five children with the grace of an iron butterfly.

morrisSusan Morris, United States Navy 1994-1999

“Growing up, both my dad and stepdad were in the Air Force. As a child, it was hard to continuously move around, but it was my family’s life. I remember thinking when I was younger, I will never be in the military, but when I got older, I realized there was more than just moving to be in the military: Love of Country, Pride, learned confidence, lifelong friendships, and earned free college education, just to name a few. I’ve been asked before if you could turn back time, would you do it again. With no hesitation, my answer would be, ‘Hell Yes!’”

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Denise Drayton, United States Army, 1988-1993

“Reason for joining…my dad. I wanted to be just like him. He was my hero.”


Christine Johnson, civilian Naval employee, and husband, William, U.S. Navy

“I was in charge of setting up and running events around Houston that promoted the recruitment of active duty Navy personnel. There was a certain pride working with the Navy. My husband, Will, was an aircraft mechanic and was part of Desert Storm and the Iraq war. He was at sea when 9/11 happened. He says he’d have stayed in after retirement, if they had let him.”

In their own ways, each of these women heeded a call to serve the military and others. They were role models for other young women on the value and honor of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. I am proud to call each of them and their families, my friends. They move me to be better, to try harder, and to honor my own call for my life.

Happy Veteran’s day to all of you who have served. Thank you for your sacrifice, your commitment, and your love for our country. Thank you for your call to serve.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

~ John 15:13


Lawsuit Against Manufacturer Dismissed

Lawsuit Against Manufacturer Dismissed

State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis has thrown out the lawsuit filed against a firearms manufacturer brought by the families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims. The lawsuit originally was filed against Remington Outdoor Co.; the dealer, Camfour Inc.; and the company that owned the gun store; Riverview Sales.  See the news report here.  See the opinion here.




Review of Nomination of Judge Merrick Garland

The attached article provides a good analysis of the concerns of the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland as it relates to the Second Amendment.  Stephen Halbrook is an attorney specializing in constitutional law with extensive insight and knowledge of Second Amendment law.


Sabrina Karels to Speak at Advanced Personal Injury Law Course

Sabrina Karels will speak at the upcoming Advanced Personal Injury Law Course 2016 and presenting her paper, Defending Against a Life Care Plan” on the following dates and locations:

July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

July 29, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.

September 16, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

Shooting as My Olympic Sport

I don’t know about you, but I am very excited about the Olympics this summer, in particular the shooting events. USA Shooting announced a campaign to the entire shooting community to become Fans of the US Olympic Shooting Team going to Rio this summer. Take a look and cheer them on!