2nd Amendment Grades for Texas’ 2024 Political Candidates

Grading Methodologyfor a Candidate’s Second Amendment Stance

Texas’ candidates are graded based on their previous 2A voting records, public statements on their constituents owning firearms, and their willingness to focus on 2A issues. Given our research on this criteria, we’ve assigned the following grades to those running for office:

Pro-2A Voting History, Outspoken Advocate for Second Amendment Rights, Displays a Strong and Consistent Stand Against 2A Infringements, Makes 2A Rights a Priority.

Claims to Support 2A Rights, Votes No to 2A Infringements, Makes Second Amendment Rights a Priority.

Does Not Support Gun Control Measures, is Not An Active Advocate Support for the Second Amendment.

Does Not Support All Gun Control Measures, Does Not Actively Introduce Anti-2A Legislation.

Actively Campaigns for Gun Control, Proposes New Gun Control Legislation.

Voting History Key:

We use these symbols throughout the article to show you how politicians voted on legislation that impacts your 2A rights.

  • anti2A

An Act Against the 2nd Amendment

  • pro2A

An Act in Support of the 2nd Amendment

  • voted YES
  • voted NO
  • voted YES (sponsor or co‑sponsor)

Texas has 38 House of Representatives seats and 2 Senate seats at the federal level. The following candidates were selected for our grading system based on either high-profile races or battleground districts (those with a narrow margin in 2022) in Texas:

Ted Cruz REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT

Running for U.S. Senate

Voting History

  • anti2A

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

  • anti2A

2013 Assault Weapons Ban

  • anti2A

2013 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity

  • pro2A

2013 Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Firearms

  • pro2A

Defend Our Capital Act of 2015

Ted Cruz Second Amendment Stance

Ted Cruz makes consistent statements about protecting the individual’s right to keep and bear arms.

  • Supports abolishing the ATF.
  • Consistently supports the Second Amendment in Tweets, comments, statements, and votes.

Most Important Issues

Unfortunately, Ted Cruz doesn’t have a strong legislative stance.

  • American Energy Independence
  • Foreign Policy
  • Anti-Green Energy Bills

Summary

Ted Cruz strongly advocates for the Second Amendment, although it doesn’t seem to be a top priority for this Senator.

Colin Allred DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE

Running for U.S. Senate

Voting History

  • anti2A

Assault Weapons Ban of 2022

  • anti2A

Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021

  • anti2A

Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act

  • anti2A

Protecting Our Kids Act

Colin Allred Second Amendment Stance

Most Important Issues

  • Green Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Economy

Summary

Colin Allred consistently supports and introduces anti-2A legislative action.

Dan Crenshaw REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT

Running for U.S. House District 2

Voting History

  • anti2A

Assault Weapons Ban of 2022

  • anti2A

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

  • anti2A

Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2021

  • anti2A

Enhanced Background Checks of 2021

  • pro2A

ATF Accountability Act of 2023

  • anti2A

2023 NDAA

Dan Crenshaw Second Amendment Stance

  • Consistently supports the Second Amendment in statements.
  • Consistently votes No to anti-2A legislation.
  • Votes for bills that include anti-2A legislation.

Most Important Issues

  • Border Security
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Anti-Green Energy Legislation

Summary

Dan Crenshaw consistently makes statements and supports pro-2A legislation. However, he also voted yes for bills that included restrictive legislation and helped codify the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act.

Peter FillerDEMOCRAT CANDIDATE

Running for U.S. House in District 2

Peter Filler Second Amendment Stance

Most Important Issues

  • Education
  • Economy
  • Foreign Affairs

Summary

Peter Filler makes statements supporting gun control but doesn’t appear to prioritize it.

Monica De La Cruz REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT

Running for U.S. House in District 15

Voting History

  • pro2A

Stopping Unconstitutional Background Checks Act

  • pro2A

Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act of 2023

  • pro2A

No Retaining Every Gun in a System That Restricts Your Rights Act

  • pro2A

ATF Accountability Act of 2023

  • pro2A

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Monica De La Cruz Second Amendment Stance

  • Consistently votes to protect FFL dealers.
  • Occasionally makes statements to protect Americans’ 2A rights.

Most Important Issues

  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration
  • National Security

Summary

Monica De La Cruz is a staunch supporter of the 2A and co-sponsors pro-2A bills but focuses more on other key issues.

Michelle Vallejo DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE

Running for U.S. House District 15

Michelle Vallejo Second Amendment Stance

Most Important Issues

  • Gun control
  • Reproductive rights & Healthcare
  • Education
  • Immigration

Summary

Gonzalez is a staunch supporter of gun control and will focus on that as a key issue.

Tony Gonzales REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT

Running for U.S. House in District 23

Voting History

  • anti2A

Assault Weapons Ban of 2022

  • anti2A

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

  • anti2A

Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2021

Tony Gonzales Second Amendment Stance

Most Important Issues

  • Border Security
  • Law enforcement
  • Education
  • Pro-Life

Summary

Tony Gonzales supports some gun control and doesn’t make an effort to fight existing infringements.

Brandon Herrara REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE

Running for U.S. House in District 23

Brandon Herrera Second Amendment Stance

  • A staunch opponent of any restrictions on the Second Amendment.
  • Well-known 2A influencer with a long history of pro-2A advocacy.
  • Works with the NRA, GOA, FPC, and Young Americans for Liberty.

Most Important Issues

  • Second Amendment rights
  • Constitutionalism

Summary

Herrera is a staunch 2A supporter with a proven record of advocacy but has no voting record yet.

Henry Cuellar DEMOCRAT INCUMBENT

Running for U.S. House in District 28

Voting History

  • anti2A

Assault Weapons Ban of 2022

  • anti2A

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

  • anti2A

Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2021

  • anti2A

Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019

  • anti2A

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

  • anti2A

Congressional Disapproval of SSA

Henry Cuellar Second Amendment Stance

  • Doesn’t always vote for gun control.
  • Consistently makes statements supporting stricter gun laws.
  • Co-sponsors federal legislation that restricts the Second Amendment.

Most Important Issues

  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Healthcare

Summary

Henry Cuellar doesn’t support every gun control bill introduced, but he does support 2A restrictions.

Jay Furman REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE

Running for U.S. House District 28

Jay Furman Second Amendment Stance

  • No specific 2A statements.
  • Supports the Second Amendment on his website.

Most Important Issues

  • The Second Amendment
  • Education
  • Border security

Summary

Jay Furman is relatively quiet on 2A issues.

Lazaro Garza Jr. REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE

Running for U.S. House District 28

Lazaro Garza Jr. Second Amendment Stance

Most Important Issues

  • Second Amendment rights
  • Border security
  • Law enforcement
  • Education

Summary

He rarely speaks on 2A issues publicly but does claim to support the Second Amendment.

Vicente Gonzalez Jr. DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE

Running for U.S. House in District 34

Voting History

  • anti2A

Assault Weapons Ban of 2022

  • anti2A

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

  • anti2A

Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2021

  • anti2A

Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021

Vicente Gonzalez Jr. Second Amendment Stance

  • Does not support an assault weapons ban.
  • Does support red flag laws, waiting periods, background checks, and magazine bans.

Most Important Issues

  • Environment
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Foreign Relations

Summary

Vicente Gonzalez Jr. supports most gun control but not all of it.

Mayra Flores REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE

Running for U.S. House in District 34

Voting History

  • anti2A

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

  • anti2A

Assault Weapons Ban of 2022

Mayra Flores Second Amendment Stance

Most Important Issues

  • Border
  • Educational Freedom
  • Economy
  • Women’s rights

Summary

Flores votes no on gun control bills and claims to support the Second Amendment; however, she isn’t a staunch or outspoken 2A advocate.

Politicians Running for State Office in 2024: Texas

Texas has 150 House Districts and 31 State Senate Districts. The following districts are key battleground areas with less than a 10% margin of victory in prior elections.

Running for State Senate District 8

Angela Paxton

REPUBLICAN

Rachel Mello

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Angela Paxton due to her previous voting history and prioritizing 2A rights.

Running for State Senate District 27

Morgan Lamantia

DEMOCRAT

Adam Hinojosa

REPUBLICAN

Ammo.com can’t, in good faith, endorse either of these candidates because neither meets our standards for pro-2A candidates due to a lack of prioritizing pro-2A issues.

Running for State House in District 2

Brent Money

REPUBLICAN

Kristin Washington

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Brent Money for his strong support of the core principles of the Second Amendment.

Running for State House in District 14

Paul Dyson

REPUBLICAN

Fred Medina

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Paul Dyson campaigns on promises to preserve the Second Amendment rights of Texans.

Running for State House in District 29

Jeffery Barry

REPUBLICAN

Alex Kamkar

REPUBLICAN

Adrienne Bell

DEMOCRAT

Ammo.com can’t, in good faith, endorse either of these candidates because neither meets our standards for pro-2A candidates due to a lack of prioritizing pro-2A issues.

Running for State House in District 32

Todd Hunter

REPUBLICAN

Cathy McAuliffe

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Todd Hunter for his consistent pro-2A voting record and for sponsoring TX’s permitless carry legislation.

Running for State House in District 52

Caroline Harris

REPUBLICAN

Jennie Birkholz

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Caroline Harris for her exhaustive work and consistent advocacy for Second Amendment rights.

Running for State House in District 54

Brad Buckley

REPUBLICAN

Dawn Richardson

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Brad Buckley for his consistent pro-2A voting record.

Running for State House in District 64

Lynn Stucky

REPUBLICAN

Angela Brewer

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Lynn Stucky for his consistent voting record regarding Pro-2A freedoms.

Running for State House in District 66

Matt Shaheen

REPUBLICAN

David Carstens

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Matt Shaheen for his pro-2A legislative action, including sponsoring HB 2622 (prohibits the enforcement of federal gun control) and consistent stance against gun control.

Running for State House in District 67

Jeff Leach

REPUBLICAN

Makala Washington

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Jeff Leach for his work sponsoring legislation that prohibits the enforcement of new federal gun laws and his consistent advocacy against 2A infringements.

Running for State House in District 93

Nate Schatzline

REPUBLICAN

Perla Bojorquez

DEMOCRAT

Ammo.com can’t, in good faith, endorse either of these candidates because neither meets our standards for pro-2A candidates due to a lack of prioritizing pro-2A issues.

Running for State House in District 94

Tony Tinderholt

REPUBLICAN

Denise Wilkerson

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Tony Tinderholt for his consistent ability to protect our Second Amendment rights in the State House and publicly.

Running for State House in District 96

David Cook

REPUBLICAN

Ebony Turner

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

David Cook for supporting restrictions on federal gun laws in Texas, a consistent pro-2A voting record, and prioritizing gun rights.

Running for State House in District 105

Terry Meza

DEMOCRAT

Rose Cannaday

REPUBLICAN

Ammo.com can’t, in good faith, endorse either of these candidates because neither meets our standards for pro-2A candidates due to a lack of prioritizing pro-2A issues.

Running for State House in District 108

Morgan Meyer

REPUBLICAN

Elizabeth Ginsberg

DEMOCRAT

Ammo.com can’t endorse either of these candidates in good faith because neither meets our standards for pro-2A candidates due to Meyer’s Nay vote on HB 1927 (Permitless Carry).

Running for State House in District 112

Angie Chen Button

REPUBLICAN

Averie Bishop

DEMOCRAT

Ammo.com can’t, in good faith, endorse either of these candidates because neither meets our standards for pro-2A candidates due to a lack of prioritizing pro-2A issues.

Running for State House in District 113

Rhetta Andrews Bowers

DEMOCRAT

Stephen Stanley

REPUBLICAN

Ammo.com can’t, in good faith, endorse either of these candidates because neither meets our standards for pro-2A candidates due to a lack of prioritizing pro-2A issues.

Running for State House in District 114

John W. Bryant

DEMOCRAT

Aimee Ramsey

REPUBLICAN

Endorsement

Aimee Ramsey for prioritizing Second Amendment rights.

Running for State House in District 129

Dennis Paul

REPUBLICAN

Doug Peterson

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Dennis Paul for actively supporting pro-2A legislation.

Running for State House in District 132

Mike Schofield

REPUBLICAN

Chase West

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Mike Schofield for consistently supporting and actively pursuing pro-2A legislation.

Running for State House in District 134

Ann Johnson

DEMOCRAT

Audrey Douglas

REPUBLICAN

Ammo.com can’t, in good faith, endorse either of these candidates because neither meets our standards for pro-2A candidates due to a lack of prioritizing pro-2A issues.

Running for State House in District 138

Lacey Hull

REPUBLICAN

Stephanie Morales

DEMOCRAT

Endorsement

Lacey Hull for her strong support of Second Amendment rights and consistent pro-2A voting record.

More information on Texas can be found here: “Most Gun-Friendly States: Texas” and “Texas Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for Texas Gun Owners

2nd Amendment Grades for Texas’ 2024 Political Candidates originally appeared on Ammo.com

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