From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
August 12, 2009
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

State Rifle Association Names Senator Glenn Hegar as Texas Legislator of the Year
Texas State Rifle Association Bestows Honor

Austin, Texas — The Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA), Texas' oldest organization dedicated to the protection of second amendment rights, has awarded State Senator Glenn Hegar with its highest legislative honor, naming him its "Texas Legislator of the Year" for 2009. Hegar was named the association’s Doc Brown Award winner for his efforts in defense of Texan’s second amendment rights during the 81st Texas Legislature which ended in June.

“Senator Hegar has long been recognized by law abiding Texas gun owners as a friend and ally but his actions during the 81st Texas Legislature clearly affirm his place as one of the state's foremost champions of second amendment rights,” said Alice Tripp, TSRA’s Legislative Director.

This session, Hegar was the author of Senate Bill 730 which would have strengthened and protected the second amendment rights of hard-working Texas. Hegar said that Senate Bill 730 was a measure that would have prevented employers from adopting policies that would deny constitutional protections to their employees who wished to store legally owned firearms in their personal locked vehicle in the parking lot of their workplace. Hegar’s bill was in response to a number of instances across the state where employees had been denied the right to protect themselves while traveling to and from work because their employers had adopted overly-restrictive policies. The bill passed the Texas Senate but was prevented from being considered in the Texas House by delay tactics used by some legislators in the final days of the session to prevent consideration of voter ID legislation.

"I am proud to be recognized by the state’s oldest and most effective organization dedicated to protecting second amendment rights,” said Senator Hegar. "While the second amendment states clearly that the right to keep and bear arms 'shall not be infringed,' we all know that there are those that wish to erode this constitutional safeguard. The Texas State Rifle Association works tirelessly to protect the right to keep and bear arms that our founding fathers recognized as vital to a free nation and people, and that is why I consider this award such a great honor," he said.

“Senator Hegar has been a consistent friend to Texas gun owners, hunters, and sportsmen,” said Tripp. “From his first day in the Texas House of Representatives to his efforts today in the Texas Senate and as the Chairman of the Texas Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus, Senator Hegar has worked tirelessly to defend and strengthen the second amendment rights of Texans,” Tripp added.

Hegar will be formally presented with the “Doc Brown Legislator of the Year Award” at TSRA’s annual member’s meeting in Mesquite on February 27, 2010. The Texas State Rifle Association is the official state affiliate of the National Rifle Association and has more than 39,000 members.

Hegar said that he will continue to fight for passage of Senate Bill 730 in the next legislative session.

“Millions of Texans spend hours each week in their cars and trucks as they commute to and from work. These commutes may be comfortable and safe for many, but others are not so lucky, as their daily drives take them through dangerous neighborhoods. Unfortunately, some Texans are forced to make the choice between adhering to their employer’s policy prohibiting storage of their legally owned firearm in their locked vehicle on company property, non-adherence to which is oftentimes grounds for termination, and protecting themselves by having their legal firearm available to them as they make their daily commute,” Hegar said

Senator Hegar said that legislation similar to Senate Bill 730 has already been passed into law in the neighboring states of Louisiana and Oklahoma, as well as eight other states: Mississippi, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kentucky, Alaska, Florida, and Georgia.

Hegar said that Senate Bill 730 was common-sense legislation that balanced the rights of both employer and employee. Under the measure, employees would have regained their express right to store a legally owned firearm(s) and ammunition at their place of work, and with it the ability to protect themselves as they traveled to and from their jobs. Employers would have been protected from any lawsuit resulting from the use of a firearm stored on their property and they could still forbid an employee from carrying a firearm in company owned vehicles.

"Responsible and law-abiding gun owners should not be forced to choose between personal protection and protecting their jobs,” said Hegar. “Senate Bill 730 would have ensured that no hard-working Texan would have been forced to make that difficult and unfair choice. I look forward to working with the Texas State Rifle Association, the National Rifle Association, and thousands of freedom loving Texans to pass this and other important legislation that will protect our second amendment rights as well as the public safety,” he concluded.

Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming rice and corn on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.