FILE - In a Monday, May 21, 2018 file photo, Santa Fe High School freshman, Jai Gillard writes messages on each of the 10 crosses representing victims in front the school in Santa Fe, Texas. Texas, which for years has buckled to pressure from the National Rifle Association, has quietly gone around the organization by slipping a $1 million public safety campaign on gun storage into a massive spending bill now headed to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.(Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Texas approves safe gun storage campaign over NRA objection

May 27, 2019 - 3:24 pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers in gun-loving Texas have quietly gone around the National Rifle Association by slipping language into a massive spending bill that would fund a $1 million public safety campaign on gun storage.

The legislation is now headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

The last-minute move late Sunday sets up a political test rarely seen in Texas, which for years has buckled to pressure from the NRA.

It's unclear whether Abbott will ignore NRA opposition and approve the spending, or if he'll veto the gun-safety program.

An Abbott spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Texas Legislature is set to adjourn Monday.

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