A Texas gun law currently under consideration by the Texas legislature would require many government buildings to allow concealed handguns.
Yes, you read that right: there is a bill being considered by the Texas legislature that would not only legalize the carrying of a concealed handgun in certain government buildings, but it would require those buildings to allow people carrying a concealed handgun to enter.
The new bill, sponsored by State Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), would prevent government buildings such as City Hall or the Department of Motor Vehicles from banning concealed handguns carried by those with a valid concealed handgun permit.
State Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) stated:
It’s mainly a problem with local governments, cities and counties. They know it is illegal (to restrict the carrying of legal weapons) but there have not been any penalties with teeth.
This new measure contains some harsh penalties for government agencies that violate this new law. The law authorizes fines of up to $1,200 per violation and authorizes citizens who had their right to carry a concealed handgun violated to sue the government officials who were responsible.
Even if the measure were to pass, it would still be illegal to carry a concealed handgun in some government buildings, such as schools, the secured area of an airport, in a courthouse, or onto the premises of a polling place during election day.
Even though this new law could dramatically increase the number of places where someone may carry a concealed handgun, it would not affect private property: individuals may still elect to ban guns in their homes or places of business.
The bill would, presumably, also not change the current regulation banning concealed handguns in establishments that obtain 51% or more of their revenue from the sale of alcohol (or legalize gun vending machines).
In addition to this bill, there are several other pro-gun bills under consideration in the Texas Legislature, including one legalizing open carry of firearms and another allowing concealed handguns to be carried on college campuses.
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