Second Amendment Rights

Building on successful reforms of past legislative sessions (e.g. open carry and campus carry), the 86th Legislature passed roughly a dozen pro-Second Amendment bills that reinforce the importance of self-defense and the right to bear arms. 

Senate Bill 772 ensures that business owners who allow people to carry handguns in their properties are protected from liability if someone is injured in shooting.

Senate Bill 535 repeals the statutory prohibition on carrying handguns in churches or other places of worship. 

House Bill 1143 prohibits school districts from regulating the manner in which a handgun, firearm, or ammunition is stored in a vehicle.

House Bill 1791 prohibits state agencies and political subdivisions from excluding licensed handgun holders from their premises.

House Bill 3231 expands the state preemption in current law of municipal ordinances that restrict the transfer, transportation, and storage of firearms, knives, and ammunition to cover possession and carrying of those items and commercial transactions involving such items. 

House Bill 2363 changes a restriction in current law by allowing foster parents to store firearms and ammunition in the same location.

House Bill 302 provides that apartment tenants, condominium owners, and their guests may not be prosecuted for storing, carrying, or keeping a lawfully owned firearm on the premises.

House Bill 121 allows licensed handgun holders who fail to notice a business owner’s sign prohibiting handguns on the property to avoid criminal charges by promptly leaving the premises after being orally notified by the business owner. 

House Bill 741 prohibits a property owners’ association from restricting a person’s lawful possession, transportation, storage, or discharge of a firearm or ammunition.

House Bill 1177 allows people to carry handguns while evacuating a disaster area or returning to that area after evacuation. The bill also permits people in a disaster area to carry handguns at an emergency shelter with the permission of the shelter owner. 

House Bill 446 removes artificial knuckles from the list of weapons that may not be owned, manufactured, sold, or transported. This bill reinforces the importance of self-defense, especially given that many owners of knuckles are women carrying “kitty” keychains for self-defense.