The 2019 legislative session is over in Texas and several new Texas gun laws will take effect on September 1 , 2019. Below is a list of the new laws that passed and a short explanation of each law. To read the full text of a bill, just enter the bill number HERE. We didn’t get everything we wanted out of the 2019 session but we will take what we can get.
Senate Bill 772
Senate bill 772 gives businesses that choose not to post 30.06/30.07 signs civil liability protections making them less vulnerable to lawsuits. Hopefully this will make businesses that allow us to carry more comfortable legally.
House Bill 121
House bill 121 provides a legal defense for license to carry holders who carry into a businesses that has 30.06/30.07 signs posted. As long as you leave when you are “verbally” asked, there will be no penalty, not even a ticket.
House Bill 302
prohibits “no firearms” clauses in residential lease agreements and protects the rights of tenants to lawfully posses firearms and ammunition and allows them to transport guns from their vehicle to their dwelling units/homes.
Senate Bill 741
prohibits a property owners association (HOA) from including or enforcing a provision in a dedicatory instrument that prohibits, restricts, or has the effect of prohibiting or restricting any person who is otherwise authorized from lawfully possessing, transporting, or storing a firearm.
House Bill 1791
Closes loopholes in the state’s “wrongful exclusion” law that cities, counties and state agencies have been using to restrict License To Carry holders in government buildings.
House Bill 1143
Prevents school districts from prohibiting the possession of firearms in private motor vehicles by limiting their authority to regulate the manner in which they are stored in locked vehicles. This includes school employees. School employees with a license to carry CAN keep their guns locked in their vehicle on the school parking lot.
House Bill 1177
Allows people in an area that has been declared a State or local disaster to carry a handgun without a license to carry for 7 days from the date an evacuation notice is given as long as the person can legally posses a firearm under federal and State law.
House Bill 2363
Allows foster parents to store firearms in a safe and secure manner while making them more readily accessible for personal protection purposes. No longer have to be “stored” in separate locations.
House Bill 3231
Improves the state’s firearms preemption law, curbs the ability of municipalities to abuse their zoning authority to circumvent state law to restrict the sale or transfer of firearms and ammunition at the local level. The law allows the State Attorney General to sue local municipalities that are in violation.
House Bill 446
Amends Penal Code 46.02 and 46.05 to remove club and knuckles from unlawful carrying of a weapon. Clubs and knuckles can be carried anywhere other than places weapons are prohibited in 46.03.