Finally, a state that gets it. Starting September 1, a whole slew of bills will go into effect. Here’s what’s going to happen:
H.B. 1143: Weapons Allowed On School Grounds
House Bill 1143 states that school districts can no longer prohibit licensed gun owners, which includes employees of the school, from storing a firearm or ammo in a locked vehicle in a school parking lot, as long as they aren’t in plain view. This means that teachers and parents can bring protection with them to school and then access it from their vehicle if needed.
H.B. 1387: Removing Cap On Armed School Marshals In Schools
House Bill 1387 removes the cap on how many school marshals can carry firearms on public school campuses. School marshals are trained school teachers and support staff that are always on site. Their purpose is to act as armed peace officers if no law enforcement officers are present. The identities of these school marshals are kept secret except from certain local officials.
H.B. 302: Rental Properties Cannot Prohibit Lawfully-Owned Firearms
The title pretty much summed it up in a nutshell but House Bill 302 means homeowners or landlords of rental properties cannot prohibit residents from lawfully possessing, carrying, transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition on the property.
H.B. 2363: Guns Allowed In Some Foster Homes
Another somewhat self-explanatory bill. House Bill 2363 allows some foster homes to store firearms and ammo as long as the legal procecure is followed. That means they must be put together in the same locked, secure location.
H.B. 1177: Handguns During A Disaster
House Bill 1177 prohibits residents from being charged with a crime for carrying a handgun without a License To Carry while evacuating from a state or local disaster area.
S.B. 535: Firearms Allowed In Places Of Worship
Senate Bill 535 recognizes that Texans can now legally carry in churches, synagogues, and other places of worship without fear of committing a crime. The deadliest mass shooting in Texas history happened in a place of worship. On November 7, 2017, a gunman attacked the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, killing 26 people and wounding 20 others. A former NRA firearms instructor, Stephen Willeford, shot back against the attacker with an AR-15 and injured the shooter multiple times. This prompted the shooter to drop his own weapon and escape in a stolen vehicle, where he later died from a self-inflicted head wound from a pistol he had.
I hope other states will start to see in the fallacy in gun control. How can you possibly believe you are safer by disarming yourself? Criminals don’t care how many laws are passed because they don’t follow them to begin with. The only thing you do is restrict the ability of law-abiding citizens from being able to defend themselves. But, I’m just glad that Texans will be empowered to fight back.