Firearm Policies, Procedures & Guidelines (Office of Attorney General)

Caroline Curtis filed this request with the Texas Department of Public Safety of Texas.
Tracking # 625153
Due July 19, 2016
Est. Completion None
Status
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From: Caroline Curtis

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all policies, procedures, directives, memorandums, and any other guiding materials regarding matters pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• policies and procedures on the issuance of firearms permits and licenses. (Please note that this point is not a request for the identities of individual permit or license holders, but, rather, is a request for governmental policies and parameters regarding the process and regulations by which one may obtain either a permit or a license. If separate strictures exist for each, provision of both would be greatly appreciated.)
• policies and procedures on the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• any and all available policies and procedures regarding local firearms policies. Please provide all such materials that alter or supplement departmental procedures.
• policies and procedures regarding the sale and purchase of firearms. Please include all materials regarding the appropriate qualifications for the sale or purchase of firearms. Please include materials for particular venues, if available, including but not limited to the sale and purchase of firearms at gun shows.
• policies and procedures regarding the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.
Please include all available segregable data.
Please also provide all available data, statistics, or reports regarding matters pertaining to gun acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• the issuance of firearms permits and licenses.
• the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• incidents involving the use of a firearm.
• the sale and purchase of firearms.
• the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.
If various policies or reports exist dependent on the type of firearm, provision of all applicable materials would be greatly appreciated. Should they be voluminous, provision of materials on rolling basis would be greatly appreciated.
Should your agency believe that any additional policies, procedures, reports or other analysis pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, transfer, deaths, incidents, or any related issues may reside with another agency or agencies, indication of such agencies would be greatly appreciated.
Please notify us if further clarification is necessary.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Caroline Curtis

From: publicrecords

June 17, 2016

Dear Ms. Curtis:

Although the Office of the Attorney General has an extremely limited role in the state’s gun policy, we will review our files to determine if we have any responsive information. The Texas Department of Public Safety is responsible for the state’s gun policy. You should also consider contacting the Office of the Governor. Please submit your request to that agency. Thank you.

Sincerely,

June B. Harden
Assistant Attorney General
Assistant Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: publicrecords

June 30, 2016

Dear Ms. Curtis:

Please respond to the e-mail below as soon as possible. We need to determine if the agency has responsive information. Thank you.

Sincerely,

June B. Harden
Assistant Attorney General
Assistant Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: Caroline Curtis

Hi Ms. Harden,
I am e-mailing per your request, so you can determine if the agency has the responsive information. If there is any clarification needed about my request, I am more than happy to help.

Thank you,
Caroline Curtis

From: publicrecords

July 1, 2016

Dear Ms. Curtis:

You didn’t respond to the question I asked which was:

The Texas Legislature does allow citizens to file complaints with the OAG against governmental entities that unlawfully post signs prohibiting concealed handguns on property where concealed handguns are legally permitted. As I read your request, you are seeking information regarding the licensure and/or purchase of firearms, not whether licensees can bring their guns into certain buildings. Please confirm the scope of your request. Thank you.

I do not have information about the licensure and purchase of firearms. If that is the information that you are seeking the OAG has no information responsive to your request. Please advise if you are seeking information about the posting of firearm signs. If you are seeking information about firearm signs, please specify what type of information you are requesting about this issue. Thank you.

Sincerely,
June B. Harden
Assistant Attorney General
Assistant Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: publicrecords

July 1, 2016

Caroline Curtis
MuckRock
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
VIA E-MAIL ONLY

RE: Public Information Request No. 16-44492

Dear Ms. Curtis:

This e-mail is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”), received by the OAG on June 17, 2016. A copy of your request follows this e-mail.

I have repeatedly asked you to clarify the scope of your request. As you have not responded to my requests for clarification, I have been forced to initiate the ruling process. Please respond to my requests for clarifications so I can determine whether the OAG should continue the rulings process. Thank you.

If you have any questions, please contact me at publicrecords@texasattorneygeneral.gov.

Sincerely,

June B. Harden
Assistant Attorney General
Assistant Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: Caroline Curtis

Hi Ms. Harden,
Thank you so much for your patience with this matter. I am interested in materials pertaining to citizens of Texas suing the state/government entities or other applicable parties for not allowing them to carry guns. Additionally, I was wondering if there is a spreadsheet or list of complaints against the government on this same matter. And since the Attorney General's Office does not have information pertaining to licensure and purchase of firearms, I was wondering if you could tell me who might?

Thank you for your help,
Caroline Curtis

From: publicrecords

July 7, 2016

Dear Ms. Curtis:

As I clearly stated in my initial e-mail to you, the Texas Department of Public Safety is the entity responsible for the state’s gun policy. You may also contact the Office of the Governor. The OAG is not aware of any state agency that has been sued for not allowing a person to carry a firearm. I have provided a link explaining the signage complaint process:

https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/3006/3006-complaints.

I will withdraw my request for a ruling and close this file.

Sincerely,

June B. Harden
Assistant Attorney General
Assistant Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: publicrecords

July 8, 2016

Dear Ms. Curtis:

Please find attached a copy of the agency’s withdrawal of its request for ruling.

Sincerely,

June B. Harden
Assistant Attorney General
Assistant Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: Office of Attorney General

A no responsive documents response.

From: MuckRock

To whom it may concern,

I am forwarding you this public records request. Please confirm receipt and provide an estimated date of completion.

Thank you,

Vanessa Nason

From: OGC Webmaster

Please see attached.

Nick Lealos
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
(512) 424-2890

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From: Caroline Curtis

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all policies, procedures, directives, memorandums, and any other guiding materials regarding matters pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• policies and procedures on the issuance of firearms permits and licenses. (Please note that this point is not a request for the identities of individual permit or license holders, but, rather, is a request for governmental policies and parameters regarding the process and regulations by which one may obtain either a permit or a license. If separate strictures exist for each, provision of both would be greatly appreciated.)
• policies and procedures on the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• any and all available policies and procedures regarding local firearms policies. Please provide all such materials that alter or supplement departmental procedures.
• policies and procedures regarding the sale and purchase of firearms. Please include all materials regarding the appropriate qualifications for the sale or purchase of firearms. Please include materials for particular venues, if available, including but not limited to the sale and purchase of firearms at gun shows.
• policies and procedures regarding the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.
Please include all available segregable data.
Please also provide all available data, statistics, or reports regarding matters pertaining to gun acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• the issuance of firearms permits and licenses.
• the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• incidents involving the use of a firearm.
• the sale and purchase of firearms.
• the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.

If various policies or reports exist dependent on the type of firearm, provision of all applicable materials would be greatly appreciated. Should they be voluminous, provision of materials on rolling basis would be greatly appreciated.
Should your agency believe that any additional policies, procedures, reports or other analysis pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, transfer, deaths, incidents, or any related issues may reside with another agency or agencies, indication of such agencies would be greatly appreciated.

Please limit the request to anything in effect in the year 2015. Please take "licensure" to mean any form of licensing required to obtain any type of firearm.

Please notify us if further clarification is necessary.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

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