Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, passed a two-year law this weekend that included a US $ 1 million public security campaign rejected by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and weapons rights activists.
Abbott, a Republican, approved the $ 250 billion budget without any veto charges.
The money went to the Texas Ministry of Public Security to design and implement a campaign to promote the safe storage of weapons, similar to the warning of drunk driving and encouraging drivers to use their safety belts. A bill to transpose the program into state law was rejected by the NRA and weapons rights activists and did not vote.
A NRA lobbyist told lawmakers that a campaign planned by the Texas state police could be corrupted by rhetoric against weapons. The money was, however, granted by the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives and later supported by the Senate budget negotiators until mid-May.
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The program comes into force following a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston, which killed 10 people in May 2018 and thirteen others were injured. Investigators said the then 17-year-old gunman had taken his father's weapons before he opened the fire. After this shoot-out, Abbott said he wanted to "encourage the millions of law-abiding Texans who own weapons to take their personal responsibility for the safety of weapons."
The governor did not mention in a statement on the budget that in the program was released on Saturday.
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Last month, lawmakers in Texas voted that anyone who could legally own a gun could openly hide or cover it for a week Declaration on Natural Disaster.
Texas has more than 1.3 million weapons license holders.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.