Representative Ashby Files Legislation Protecting Prosecuters


State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) took advantage of early bill filing earlier this month by proposing legislation that, if enacted, would protect district attorneys, along with other prosecutors, by enabling them to openly carry firearms for safety purposes.

“The tragic murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McClelland, his wife Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse shook up the entire state last year,” Rep. Ashby said. “It’s our responsibility to ensure we take every measure possible to protect these brave men and women who, like our law enforcement officials, put themselves in harm’s way by the very nature of their job.”

On Nov. 12, Rep. Ashby filed House Bill 278, which proposes that certain state attorneys, including prosecutors, be allowed to openly carry a firearm. The bill would bring the open-carry rights of these attorneys in-line with those of special investigators, peace officers and other law enforcement officials.

“District attorneys, assistant district attorneys, criminal district attorneys, county and municipal attorneys– all of these folks face threats from defendants on a daily basis,” Rep. Ashby said. “It is imperative that as lawmakers we at least provide them with the option to carry a firearm for protection.”

There has already been at least one bill filed this month that calls for open carry of firearms for all Texans, but the second-term legislator says he does not want to take any chances with the safety of our prosecutors.

“I’m not going to tie the ability of our prosecutors to protect themselves to the fate of another bill,” Rep. Ashby said.

Rep. Ashby also filed House Bill 277, which amends the Texas Penal Code in order to expand what constitutes capital murder by including the murder of prosecuting attorneys and/or assistant prosecuting attorneys in retaliation for those individuals performing the duties of their job.


“Both of these bills send a message to our county and district attorneys that lets them know we are going to do everything we can to help,” Rep. Ashby said. “To me, there should be no question as to how important it is that these bills get passed; and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work to protect these men and women that do so much for our great state.”

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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