Updated August 31 at 10:04 AM CT
When a new round of laws comes into force on Sept. 1, Texas will officially become a “second-amendment sanctuary.” This is part of a Republican-led effort to limit gun restrictions and expand access to guns in the state.
While transport without permission was the highest-profile weapons bill to cross Governor Greg Abbott’s desk during the 2021 legislative session, more than a dozen others received his signature.
Most loosen or limit gun restrictions, such as new laws that allow school gunmen and guests to carry firearms. One law prohibits government contracts with companies that “discriminate against the firearms or ammunition industries,” while another effectively designates weapons stores as essential companies that cannot be closed during a disaster.
But three new laws will also come into force written in response to massive attached features in El Paso and Odessa in 2019. This includes a gun control measure, making it a state crime to lie in a background check to illegally buy a gun.
Here is a summary of the new laws:
- House Bill 1927: Known as constitutional transportation or without permission, it allows jeans to carry handguns in public without a license and background check and training that requires a license.
- Bill 2622: Known as the “Second Amendment Sanctuary State Act,” it prohibits state agencies and local governments from applying new federal gun rules.
- House Bill 1500: Prevents government entities from prohibiting the sale or transportation of firearms or ammunition during a declared disaster or emergency.
- House Bill 957: Exempts from federal laws and regulations firearm suppressors manufactured and maintained in Texas.
- Bill 1407 of the house: Allows licensees to carry visible handguns and holsters anywhere in the motor vehicle, rather than having to carry the pistol gun in a shoulder holster or belt.
- House Bill 1387: Allows certain shelters to store weapons and ammunition together in the same closed location, rather than requiring items to be stored separately.
- Bill 1069: Allows certain first aid to carry handguns.
- House Bill 2112: Eliminates the requirement that pistols be carried in a “shoulder or belt” holster, expanding the holster types that are legal.
- Bill 103 of the House: Creates a statewide active feature alert system.
- House Bill 4346: It prohibits certain firearm restrictions on a property while using an easement.
- Bill 29: Allows state-owned public buildings to provide self-service lockers.
- House Bill 1920: Expands and clarifies what constitutes a safe area of an airport in relation to the possession of a firearm.
- Bill 2675 of the house: Requires Texas Department of Homeland Security to expedite gun licensing process for people “who are at higher risk of being victims of violence.”
- Bill 918 of the house: Makes young adults between the ages of 18 and 20 able to obtain a license to carry a gun if they are protected under certain court orders related to domestic violence.
- House Bill 781: Allows high school curators to carry concealed handguns instead of storing them.
- Senate Bill 741: Allows public school district school curators, open enrollment letters, and private schools to carry concealed pistols instead of storing them.
- Senate Bill 20: Allows hotel guests to carry and store firearms and ammunition in their rooms.
- Senate Bill 19: Prohibits government entities from contracting with companies that “discriminate against the firearms or ammunition industries.”
- Senate Bill 162: Known as the “lie and try” bill, it becomes a state crime to lie in a background check to illegally buy a firearm.
- Senate Bill 550: Eliminates the requirement that pistols be carried in a “shoulder or belt” holster, expanding the holster types that are legal.
- Senate Bill 313: Creates a sales and use tax exemption for firearms security equipment.
- Senate Bill 168: Requires schools to use best practices when performing active shooting exercises, so that they are less detrimental to students ’mental health and well-being; came into force immediately.
Texas will join 19 other states with unconstitutional or unconstitutional laws and five other states that have been declared “second-amendment sanctuaries.”
Governor Abbott has welcomed many of these measures.
“You could say that today I signed some laws that protect gun rights, but today I signed documents that instill freedom in the Lone Star State,” he said as he signed seven firearms-related bills, in a ceremony in San Antonio.
Many Democratic leaders and gun security advocates he hoped the 2021 session would result in more laws aimed at preventing gun violence. It was the first time lawmakers have met since the 2019 shootings in El Paso and Odessa.
Following these attacks, some of the state’s most important Republican leaders, including Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, noted their openness to change and expressed concerns about private arms sales. unknown to unknown “that do not require background checks.
However, legislation aimed at closing the background check gap did not leave it out of session, and most bills tabled in response to the mass shootings never landed on the governor’s table.
Mallory Falk is a member of the body in Report For America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms. Do you have any advice? Email Mallory at Mfalk@kera.org. You can follow Mallory on Twitter @MalloryFalk.
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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed the discussions about changing gun laws after the El Paso and Odessa shootings to the wrong Republican state leader. This openness to changing firearms laws was being expressed by Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.
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