Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 21 of 36
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in any show window. For practical purposes, of course these provisions
of the bill are worthless, but the very fact that these inhibitions
were placed in the bill is very suggestive of the evils that will probably
come from the sale of a pistol.
I would gladly endorse a bill that would make it absolutely impossible
for anyone in Texas either to buy or lease a pistol. If a thing
is productive of sorrow and lawlessness and crime, I am in favor of
minimizing it in every legitimate way possible, whether it be the sale
of a pistol or the sale of a bottle of whisky. It is impossible, as I see
it, to make the laws too tight, to enforce them too rigidly, in regard
to matters of this kind. I am, therefore, returning to you Senate Bill
No. 45, with my veto and disapproval.
PAT M. NEFF, Governor.
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Neff, Pat M. Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature, book, 1921; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5871/m1/21/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .