BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Retiring state Sen. Eddie Lucio says it is “crazy” that members of the general public can freely walk around the state Capitol with a firearm.

He said things can get tense in the Senate chamber during a legislative session and a flare-up on the floor between lawmakers could lead to a terrible incident.

“Did you know that if you check your gun at the Capitol, you can go in? You check it, you’ve got your license, they’ll give it (the gun) back to you and you go into the capital. You didn’t know that, did you?” Lucio said.

“I think it is a crazy law because somebody could be on the third floor looking down at the Senate and, I hate to even say it, take a shot at you. I think that should be looked at because there are flare ups. There’s always flare ups on issues, on some issues. And I would hate to see something like that happen at the state level.”

Lucio made his comments in response to a question about school safety. He was speaking at a Despierta Brownsville breakfast event hosted by the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce. The subject of the speech was the Texas Legislature.

The chamber event could be one of Lucio’s last public appearances. He will be retiring in January after 40 years of public service.

Here is a video recording of the Q&A part of the Brownsville Chamber event:


Editor’s Note: The above video news story is the second in a three-part series about Sen. Lucio’s remarks at the Brownsville Chamber event. Part One focuses on the senator’s speech. Click here to watch it. 

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Sen. Lucio talking to Brownsville Chamber of Commerce members at the Despierta Brownsville breakfast event. (Photo credit: Brownsville Chamber of Commerce).

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