AUSTIN, Texas — If you live in Texas, you might want to think twice about buying a gun.
On Thursday, a Texas House committee approved a bill that would ban people from buying guns online.
It’s the second such measure the Texas legislature has taken to ban the purchase of guns in the Lone Star State.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Mike Gonzalez, a Democrat from Houston, who said he has concerns about online gun purchases.
He introduced the bill in April after learning that the National Rifle Association’s website was selling assault rifles for $1,200.
The website has since been taken down.
The new law also requires gun dealers to tell prospective customers if they plan to purchase guns from a private seller, such as a private party or a pawn shop.
The bill would also prohibit private sellers from selling guns to anyone who is not a licensed gun dealer.
It’s a significant step forward in Texas and among other states that have passed similar laws.
It is the second time in two years that a state has passed a ban on online sales of firearms.
Last year, lawmakers in Mississippi passed a similar law that was quickly challenged in court by the gun rights group Everytown for Gun Safety.
In May, a federal judge in Oregon blocked the state’s gun control measure.
Gonzalez told the committee he was pleased that the new law didn’t ban gun purchases from any of the states it targets, but he was disappointed that some of the other states didn’t have similar legislation.
“We have a national epidemic of gun violence that is directly impacting the lives of millions of Americans,” Gonzalez said.
“Our goal should be to get it done, and unfortunately that hasn’t happened.”
The Texas House has already passed a bill to ban gun sales to people who are convicted of domestic violence, but the bill that Gonzalez is sponsoring now will have to go before the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats.