A Texas bill would allow the state to fine government agencies for posting signs barring licensed citizens from carrying firearms on their properties.
Bill , written by Republican Senator Donna Campbell and filed in January, passed the state Senate on March 18 by a large margin. It would prohibit various state and local public buildings from prohibiting lawful concealed carry and allow gun owners to sue those government agencies for damages.
The agencies found in violation would incur a minimum fine of $1,000 for the first violation, and up to $10,500 for subsequent violations.
This bill would significantly decrease the number of gun-free areas for concealed carry permit holders. It would, however, allow provisions for keeping guns out of schools, polling places, courts, and private property.
Here’s what Campbell had to say on her Facebook page:
The bill will now head to the Republican-controlled House, and if it is successful, it will land on Governor Abbott’s desk.
The groups supporting the bill include the National Rifle Association, Texas State Rifle Association, and Open Carry Texas. Those opposed include the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas, the Texas Association of Counties and the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.