HB 1819, went into effect on September 1st and will legalize the selling of short-barreled firearms with pistol grips in Texas. This law was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in late May and brings Eagle Pass, Texas right into the National Spotlight due to a weapon that is manufactured here locally by Mossberg at Maverick Arms.
The law modifications will now allow for firearms such as the Mossberg 590 Shockwave and the Remington Tac-14 to be transferred in the State putting our area right in the mix of the push to have this weapon legalized in Texas.
Mossberg, the National Rifle Association and Texas State Rifle Association played a role in getting the law passed.
The Shockwave is manufactured at Maverick Arms in Eagle Pass, Texas and, is one of several guns recently unveiled that circumvent a provision in the National Firearms Act requiring a tax stamp and lots of other personal information, money, and red tape for shotguns that are shorter than 26 inches and/or have a barrel less than 16 inches in length.
By mounting 14-inch barrels on shotgun-based systems just over 26 inches in length, Mossberg and other manufacturers are producing pistol-grip firearms in 12 gauge that function like short-barreled shotguns.
Although the weapon is considered a firearm for its pistol grip certain state laws defined it as a short-barreled shotgun and bar its possession and those laws were changed which will allow for the weapon to be legal in the state.
Governor Abbott also signed into law Senate Bill 16, reducing the state-issued license-to-carry fee to one of the lowest across the country. This bill also went into effect on September 1st.