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Sat Jul 23, 2016, 06:33 AM

Open Carry, Funding Likely Police Issues Next Session

Within hours of the recent ambush killings of five Dallas police officers and again 10 days later, when three Baton Rouge officers were killed messages of respect and support for law enforcement coursed through the nation's social media, filled the airwaves and prompted countless press releases.

As politicians nationwide rushed to reiterate their support for police, Texas elected officials figured prominently in the calls for a greater societal embrace of officers and more protections for first responders who perform some of the toughest jobs.

"As Texans and Americans mourn the loss of our men and women in uniform, we must continue to remember that police officers put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety and our freedoms," Abbott said in a statement a day after the July 7 Dallas shooting.

But while grateful for the rhetoric, law enforcement groups have seen some disconnect between the professions of support and the track record of Texas elected officials in listening to their concerns.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/23/texas-law-enforcement-groups-brace-gun-funding-leg/

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