2019 Bill Status Report

2019 Bill Status Report - Texas Legislature

Color Code Index:
Green – Support or favorable result
Red – Oppose or unfavorable result
Blue – Neutral
Purple – Goal was achieved.  Unfavorable result on specific bill, but another bill was passed with same/similar language.

BILLS BEING TRACKED: 

House Bills:  24, 27, 38, 86, 95, 121, 131, 143, 172, 195, 227, 238, 257, 203, 209, 302, 316, 336, 344, 349, 357, 404, 419, 449, 189, 497, 516, 544, 545

Senate Bills: 51, 104, 117, 123, 133, 157, 158, 193, 203, 204, 243, 244

HOUSE BILLS:

HB 24: Romero, (D,??) “Relating to increasing criminal penalties for certain family violence offenses committed in the presence of a child.”
Impact:
Position on Bill: Neutral
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments:

HB 27: (Canales, D,D) “Relating to increasing the criminal penalty for assault or aggravated assault of a federal law enforcement officer.”
Impact: Raises the offense to a higher category.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: This bill is unnecessary as assault on a federal officer is covered by federal law.

HB 38: (Canales, D,D) “Relating to prohibiting the manufacture, assembly, or ownership of unmarked firearms; creating a criminal offense; authorizing a fee.”
Impact: Establishes a requirement for all homebuilt firearms to apply to DPS for a serial number. It creates a cumbersome and unnecessary process to be maintained by DPS and for which an unspecified fee can be charges. It also requires the DPS to publish statistics on serial numbers issued and arrest and conviction statistics for failure to comply.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments:

HB 86: (Martinez, “Mando”, D, C+) “Relating to prohibiting the reckless discharge of a firearm; creating a criminal offense
Impact: Creates an offense for discharging a firearm and 1) is reckless as to whether it is aimed at an intended target,; or 2) does not have an intended target.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: This bill is essentially the same bill that was filed by Rep. Martinez last session as HB2583. The Bill is both unnecessary and grossly overbroad and ambiguous. Current laws address the reckless discharge of firearms.

HB 95: (Hinojosa, Gina D, F) “Relating to the criminal offense of acquisition or attempted acquisition of a firearm by a person prohibited from possessing a firearm.”
Impact: Creates an offense when a prohibited person purchases or attempts to purchase a firearm. The Bill also requires FFLs to report denials to DPS and requires DPS to investigate and refer the case for prosecution, if appropriate.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: This is already an offense under federal law. The extra workload on DPS is unjustified.

HB 121: (Swanson, R,A) “Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of trespass by certain persons carrying handguns.”
Impact: The Bill creates a defense to prosecution for violation of TPC §§30.06 or 30.07, if the defendant was told to leave the property and the defendant did so.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: Currently, an oral notification to leave impacts the level of offense (Class C v. Class A). This Bill would extend that concept to create a defense to prosecution if the Licensee complied with an instruction to leave the premises. It does not create a requirement for oral notification.

HB 131: (Moody, D,F) “Relating to extreme risk protective orders and the prosecution of the criminal offense of unlawful transfer of a firearm; creating a criminal offense.”
Impact: Creates a gun-confiscation order under the guise of a mental-health-related protective order.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: This is a very complex and devious Bill that is designed to conceal it’s true danger. A TFC Podcast on the Bill will be created covering its deficiencies in detail.

HB 143: (Swanson, R,A) “Relating to authorizing the provision of temporary secure storage for weapons at certain public buildings; authorizing fee.”
Impact: Allows state agencies and political subdivisions to make temporary storage facilities available for people to store weapons while they are on property that is off-limits to such weapons.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: Since the language is permissive rather than mandatory, no state agency or political subdivision will go to the trouble and expense to install temporary storage. One provision in the Bill is troublesome and should be amended out, if the Bill moves through committee.

HB 172: (Bernal, D,F) “Relating to the notice given by a property owner prohibiting a handgun license holder from carrying a handgun on certain property.”
Impact: Guts TPC §§30.06 and 30.07 by reducing the required size of a sign giving notice to a mere 8.5”X11”.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: This is the same terrible bill filed by Rep. Bernal last session.

HB 195: (Reynolds, Ron D,F) “Relating to the creation of certain criminal offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows; authorizing a fee.”
Impact: Creates an offense for selling a firearm to a person at a “gun show” without doing a NICS check first. There is an exception when selling to a peace officer or LTC. The seller must maintain records of all sales. Violation is a Class A Misdemeanor.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments:

HB 227: (Krause, R,A) “Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.”
Impact: Purports to exempt all firearms manufactured in Texas from otherwise applicable federal laws.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: This is a Bill that makes a statement, but does not trump federal law.

HB 238: (Krause, R,A) “Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.”
Impact: Prohibits Texas agencies, political subdivisions and their employees form assisting in the enforcement of federal gun laws, unless those provisions are also in Texas law.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments:

HB257: (Blanco D,D) “Relating to a policy requiring public and private primary and secondary schools and public junior colleges to provide local law enforcement agencies certain information regarding certain individuals authorized to carry a handgun on a campus.”
Impact: Requires all primary and secondary schools and junior colleges that appoint school marshals, or authorize other persons to carry a handgun for security purposes, to give a list of such persons to local law enforcement agencies.
Position on Bill: Neutral..
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments:

HB302: (Paul, Dennis R,A) “Relating to the carrying, storage, or possession of a firearm or firearm ammunition by certain persons on certain residential or commercial property.”
Impact:
Preserves the right to lawfully possess firearms and ammunition in condominium units and other residential and commercial rental property.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments:

HB316: (Howard, Donna D,F) “Relating to a public awareness campaign on firearm safety and suicide prevention.”
Impact: Requires DPS to engage in a sham guised as “firearms safety” that includes anti-gun propaganda spewed by various anti-gun people and organizations.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/13/2018
Comments:

H336: (Dutton D,F) “Relating to abolishing the death penalty.”
Impact:
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/13/2018
Comments:

HB344: (Dutton, D,F) “Relating to the age of criminal responsibility and to certain substantive and procedural matters related to that age.”
Impact: Increases the age at which a juvenile is considered to be an adult for criminal law purposes. (17 yoa to 18 yoa.)
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/13/2018
Comments: With the increase in violent crimes committed by teens, the law should be reducing the age, not increasing it.

HB 349: (Blanco, D,D) “Relating to the prosecution of the criminal offense of the possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of certain parts designed to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle.”
Impact: Creates a vague and ambiguous offense for having a “part or parts” that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/14/2018
Comments: This Bill will be fraudulently pitched as a “bump stock” bill, but that is not the case. This Bill is so vague as to make it impossible to determine precisely what part or parts are prohibited. Also, the offense would apply even if such parts were not installed in a semi-auto rifle. Any bill this vague and ambiguous must have been so designed. If “bump stocks” were truly the target, then it would have been easy to draft a narrow bill that would have addressed only such stocks.

HB 404: (Thompson, Senfronia, D, C-)  “Relating to repealing civil asset forfeiture provisions and establishing criminal asset forfeiture in this state.”
Impact: [
Extensive civil forfeiture provisions that will require significant analysis.]
Position on Bill:
Oppose.
Status:
Filed 11/26/2018
Comments:

HB 419: (Geren, R, A) “Relating to the removal of a fee for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun.”
Impact: Removes the fee for obtaining, renewing or modifying a License to Carry a Handgun, or a Capitol Pass.
Position on Bill: Support
Status: Filed 11/29/2018
Comments:

HB 489: (Springer, R, A+) “Relating to the use of certain weapons in or on the beds or banks of certain rivers and streams in particular counties.”
Impact: Adds Hall County to locations were certain weapons cannot be fired in a river or bank of a river.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 12/7/2018
Comments:

HB 497: (VanDeaver, R,A) “Relating to the classroom instruction part of the handgun proficiency course taken to obtain a license to carry a handgun.”
Impact: Requires LTC instructors to discuss types of ammunition and its use in an LTC course.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 12/10/2018
Comments: It is believed that the goal of this bill is to teach LTC students the benefits of using certain type of ammunition for self-defense and as opposed to other types of ammunition commonly use for practice.

HB 516: (Springer, R, A+) “Relating to the liability of a person who allows handguns to be carried on property owned, leased, or managed by the person.”
Impact: Grants civil immunity to property owners that do not prohibit the carrying of handguns by LTCs on their property.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 12/12/2018.
Comments:

HB 544: (Nevarez, D, F)“Relating to the unlawful possession of a firearm by persons who are subject to certain judicial determinations; creating a criminal offense.”
Impact:
Position on Bill:
Oppose..
Status:
12/18/2018
Comments:
This Bill would create an offense for people with a mental disorder sufficient to require in-patient treatment, the appointment of a guardian, found “not guilty” by reason of insanity, etc. In short, they would not be mentally culpable.

HB545: (Nevarez) “Relating to the prosecution of the offense of unlawful transfer of a firearm.”
Impact: Creates an offense for anyone providing a firearm to persons who have been judicially order to receive in-patient mental health treatment, who have had a guardian appointed, etc.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 12/18/2018
Comments:


SENATE BILLS:

SB 61: (Zaffirini D, D) Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for firearm safety devices and educational material.”
Impact:
Exempts from sales tax "gun cases, gun safes, firearm safety locks, trigger locks, firearms safety training manuals or electronic publications, and other items designed to ensure the safe handling or storage of a firearm.”
Position on Bill:
Support.
Status:
Filed 11/12/2018
Comments:

SB 104: (Menedez D,) “Relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of identification.”
Impact: Removes LTC from the types of identification sufficient for voting purposes.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: The primary goal of this Bill is to make it easier to commit voter fraud. Removing LTCs as a proper form of voter identification is not germane to this goal, therefore it must be included simply as an attack on Licensees.

SB 117: (Creighton R,A) “Relating to the prosecution of the offense of possessing a weapon in certain prohibited places associated with schools or postsecondary educational institutions.”
Impact: Clarifies that school sponsored activities are off-limits to LTCs only if those events occur on school property.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: This Bill does not change current law. It is a clarification that is needed to respond to dishonest officials who claim that the law extends to property other than school property, i.e. everywhere in the State of Texas. This Bill will be discussed in detail in a TFC Podcast.

SB 123: (West, Royce D,F) “Relating to the offense of possessing a weapon in a secured area of an airport.”
Impact: Expands the definition of “secured area of airports” to include the aircraft ramp area so long as it is not used by general aviation. Also changes current defenses to prosecution to exceptions.
Position on Bill: Oppose as written, but will support if amended.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: This goal of this Bill is desirable as it closes a gap that exists in current law. While the terminal building past the metal detectors are currently off-limits to all firearms, the ramp area where planes park at the gate is not off-limits. The problematic language in the Bill comes in two places. First, it removes the language that requires inspection of people and property as an element of a “secured area of an airport.” It simply requires controlled access. This is dangerous as any airport could make overall access changes that would render the entire terminal off-limits. The second problem is language that exempts people who were “authorized by a federal agency to possess a firearm in a secured area.”   This language was required since airline pilots who are certified Flight Deck Officers carry handguns on the ramp when doing their pre-flight check. However, the exception should not be limited to federal officer; it should apply to anyone who is authorized by a Texas or federal agency to carry firearms in the secured area.

SB 133: (Hinojona D,D) “Relating to designating May 18 as School Shooting Victims Remembrance Day.”
Impact: Establishes May 18th as “School Shooting” day to remember and honor people killed in school shooting around the country.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: 11/12/2018
Comments: This is a blatant anti-gun effort. Why is there no memorial day for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty? Why is there no memorial day for the people who died in Hurricane Harvey or while trying to rescue people?

SB 157: (Rogriquez, Jose D,F)
“Relating to extreme risk protective orders and the prosecution of the criminal offense of unlawful transfer of a firearm; creating a criminal offense.”
Impact: Creates a gun-confiscation order under the guise of a mental-health-related protective order.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Companion Bill: HB131
Comments: This is a very complex and devious Bill that is designed to conceal it’s true danger. A TFC Podcast on the Bill will be created covering its deficiencies in detail.

SB 158: (Rodriquez, Jose D,F) “Relating to increasing criminal penalties for the offense of making a firearm accessible to a child.”
Impact: Increases the penalty for violating TPC §46.13 from a Class A Misdemeanor to a State Jail Felony if anyone is seriously injured or killed by a child gaining access to a readily dischargeable firearm.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/12/2018
Comments: This Bill will be discussed in detail in a TFC Podcast. While every responsible gun owner wants to reduce or eliminate accidental injuries or death by firearms, this Bill will be counterproductive. It also fails to create a exception for people who have received formal firearm safety training.

SB 193: (Perry, Charles R,A) “Relating to waiving the fee for the issuance of a duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun for school marshals.”
Impact: Removes all LTC fees for people actively serving as a school marshal.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/15/2018
Comments:

SB 203: (Huffman, R,A) “Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for firearm safety equipment.”
Impact: Exempts from sales tax "gun cases, gun safes, firearm safety locks, trigger locks.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/16/2018
Comments: This Bill is very similar to Sen. Zaffirini’s SB61. SB61 covers more items.

SB 204: (Huffman, R,A)  “Relating to increasing criminal penalties for the offense of making a firearm accessible to a child.”
Impact: Increases the penalty for violation of TPC §46.13 from a Class A Misdemeanor to a State Jail Felony.
Position on Bill: Oppose this terrible and dangerous anti-gun Bill that puts kids at greater risk!
Companion Bill: HB 158 by F-Rated Rep. Rodriquez
Status:
Filed 11/16/2018
Comments: This Bill will be discussed in detail in a TFC Podcast. While every responsible gun owner wants to reduce or eliminate accidental injuries or death by firearms, this Bill will be counterproductive. It also fails to create a exception for people who have received formal firearm safety training.

SB 243: (Creighton, R, A) “Relating to the carrying or storage of a handgun by a school marshal.”
Impact: Removes the ill-advised requirement that a school marshal not carry a handgun on their person, if they regularly interact with students.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 12/14/2018
Comments:

SB 243: (Creighton, R, A) “Relating to the number of school marshals that may be appointed to serve on a public school campus or at a private school”
Impact: Removes the arbitrary limit on the number of school marshals that can be assigned to a campus.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 12/14/2018
Comments:  


2017 Bill Status Report

Final Update:  6/2/17

2017 Texas Legislative Session

 

Color-Coding Meaning:

Green – Favorable result
Red – Unfavorable result
Blue – Neutral
Purple – Goal was achieved.  Unfavorable result on specific bill, but another bill was passed with same/similar language.

HOUSE BILLS:

HB14 (Murr (R, A+) Relating to the carrying of handguns by license holders on the property of state hospitals; providing a civil penalty.
Impact: Creates a civil fine for carrying a handgun into a state mental hospital.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 2/13/17; referred to Public Health Committee 2/16/17; public hearing 3/7/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 3/14/17; to Calendars 3/20/17; considered in Calendars 4/12/17; passed House 5/4/17; to Senate State Affairs Committee 5/5/17, public hearing 5/11/17, voted favorabely w/o amendment 5/18/17; on Intent Calendar 5/23/17, died in committee. However, language was added to HB435 that passed.
Comments: This is the preferred method of preventing the carrying of handguns into state mental hospitals. It lists the specific hospitals, so other non-mental hospitals will not be able to bootstrap themselves into being off-limits.

HB56 (Flynn, R, A+) Relating to the carrying of a handgun by a first responder engaged in the actual discharge of the first responder's duties.
Impact: Renders 30.06 and 30.07 signs unenforceable as to first responders responding to a call.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; public hearing 3/14/17; reported favorably as substituted 3/28/17; to Calendars 4/10/17. Died in Calendars.Similar language passed in HB435.
Comments: Unlike so-called “elitist bills,” this Bill does not allow first responders to carry in areas that are statutorily off-limits to LTCs. It would allow then to carry in locations posted with 30.06 or 30.07 signs without having to disarm.

HB99 (Keough, R, A) Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition; creating a criminal offense.
Impact: Purports to prevent state agencies and employees from enforcing certain federal gun laws enacted after 9/1/2017.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; Referred to Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility 3/1/2017; referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility Select Committee 3/1/17; Died in Committee.
Comments: This Bill would send a signal to the federal government as have those passed in other states.

HB110 (Krause, R, A) Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
Impact: Purports to prevent enforcement of certain federal gun laws.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; Referred to Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility 3/1/2017; died in committee.
Comments: This Bill would send a signal to the federal government as have those passed in other states.

HB111 (Moody, D, B-) Relating to an educational program and fee reductions to improve firearm safety.
Impact: This Bill would reduce the fee for a LTC for an applicant that bought a “secure storage device” by an amount equal to the cost of the device, or $40, whichever is lesser. The Bill would also require DPS to create a gun safety program, including a pamphlet promoting the program
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17; died in committee.
Comments: While this is a “feel good bill,” it accomplishes nothing. There is a stand along bill to repeal all LTC fees, so this bill would be in conflict. The best gun safety courses in existence are those created by the NRA, including but not limited to the NRA Eddie Eagle Program and Home Firearm Safety Program. A better way to promote gun safety is to require all public school students be provided both of these programs in school at no cost to the school.

HB131 (Krause, R, A) Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
Impact: Another bill purporting to exempt guns and ammunition manufactured in Texas from certain federal gun laws.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/21/17; public hearing 3/14/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 3/28/17; to Calendars 4/6/17; died in committee.
Comments: This Bill would send a signal to the federal government as have those passed in other states.

HB 191 (Bernal, D, F)  Relating to the notice given by a property owner prohibiting a handgun license holder from carrying a handgun on certain property.
Impact:  Amends TPC§§ 30.06 and 30.07 by reducing the size of required signs to 8.5"X11" maximum and leaving vertiage up to the DPS.
Position on Bill:  Oppose this terrible bill!
Status:  Filed 11/14/16;
referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/14/17; died in committee.
Comments: Guts TPC §30.06 that has been beneficial to property owners and Licensees for 20 years.

HB 234 (Anchia, D, F)  Relating to wrongful exclusion of handgun license holders from property owned by or leased to a governmental entity and to certain offenses relating to the carrying of handguns on that property.
Impact:   Limits the application of the "Fines for Signs" law (Tex. Gov't Code §411.209) to government property occupied by a governmental agency.  It exempts governmental agencies and entities from the statutory fines, if a non-governmental entity or person is "occupying" governmental property.  It also amends TPC §30.06 and 30.07 such that signs are enforceable on government property if occupied by a non-governmental entity or person.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Filed 11/14/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee; public hearing on 4/18/16; died in committee.
Comments:  This Bill does the opposite of what must be done.

HB 246 (Anchia, D, F) Relating to the notice given by a property owner prohibiting a handgun license holder from carrying a handgun on the property.
Impact:  Amends TPC §§30.06 and 30.07 by allowing the use of a pictogram (international slash symbol) to bar entry by Licensees with a handgun.
Position on Bill:  Oppose this terrible bill!
Status:  Filed 11/14/16p
referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17; died in committee.
Comments:  Guts TPC §30.06 that has been beneficial to property owners and Licensees for 20 years.

HB 255 (Anchia, D, F)  Relating to the offense involving the carrying of handguns by license holders on the premises or property of certain recreational facilities.
Impact:   Creates an offense for carrying a handgun on  the property (not merely "premises") of most any sporting event venu as well as theaters, golf courses and numerous other areas.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Filed 11/14/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee; public hearing on 4/11/16 – pulled down by author; public hearing reset for 4/18/16; died in committee.
Comments:  This Bill would create fertile grounds for another Orlando-style mass shooing.

HB259 (Anchia, D, F) Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows; authorizing a fee
Impact: Requires a background check for all sales at “gun shows” except to LEO’s and LTC. Has a very broad definition of “gun show.”
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17; died in committee.
Comments: Another unnecessary and burdensome requirement.

HB 282 (Anchia, D, F)  Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.
Impact:  Allows public colleges to "opt-out" of campus-carry.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Filed 11/14/16;
referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17; died in committee.
Comments: 

HB 291 (Johnson/Dallas, D, D) Relating to limiting the locations in which a license holder may openly carry a handgun; restricting an exception to a criminal offense
Impact:  Makes it unlawful for a Licensee to openly carry a handgun in a city with a population between 1.2 and 1.4 million people.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Filed 11/14/16;
referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17’ died in committee.
Comments:  This probably would apply only to Dallas.

HB300 (King, R, A) Relating to decreasing the fee for the issuance of an original or renewed license to carry a handgun.
Impact: Removes the fee for a new or renewed LTC. NOTE: Committee substitute establishes a fee of $40 for new and renewal LTC applications, while preserving the discounts for military, veterans, people over age 60 and law enforcement.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 3/9/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 6/13/17; public hearing on 3/21/17; reported favorably as substituted 3/28/17; sent to Calendars 4/6/17; laid on table for SB16 5/2/17. SB16 passed.
Comments:

HB339 (Burrows, R, A)  Relating to the removal of a fee for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun.
Companions: SB16 – Identical; HB300 – Duplicate; HB1024 – Duplicate
Impact:  Removes all fees for obtaining, replacing, updating or renewing a License to Carry a Handgun.
Position on Bill:  Support
Status:  Filed 11/15/16;
referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17; died in committee. SB 16 passed.
Comments:

HB356 (Huberty, R, A) Relating to the carrying of concealed or holstered handguns by certain handgun license holders attending a meeting of the board of trustees of a school district or the governing body of an open-enrollment charter school.
Impact: Allows LTC’s to attend school board meetings of they are a member of the board or superintendent of the school.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/15/16; referred to Education Committee 2/16/17; public hearing 4/17/17, died in committee.
Comments: All LTCs should be able to carry, there is no justification to single out elected officials or superintendents.

HB372 (Springer, R, A+) Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a license to carry a handgun.
Impact: Reduces the minimum caliber for LTC qualification to .22 caliber.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/15/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17; died in committee. SB263 removing minimum caliber passed.
Comments:

HB375 (Stickland, R, A) Relating to providing for the carrying of handguns without a license and to related offenses and penalties.
Impact: Makes it lawful to carry a handgun without a License to Carry a Handgun.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 11/16/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17; public hearing 3/28/17; died in committee.
Comments: TFC does not oppose unlicensed carrying of handguns. However, this Bill opens to many Penal Code and Government Code sections to potential anti-gun amendments. A narrowly crafted bill could be supported, although it has no chance of passage in 2017.

HB391 (Howard, D, F) Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.
Impact:  Allows public colleges to "opt-out" of campus-carry.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Filed 11/17/16;
referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17; died in committee.
Companion Bill: Identical to HB282
Comments: 

HB392 (Howard, D, F) Relating to certain offenses involving the carrying of handguns by license holders on the premises of certain hospitals, mental health facilities, and nursing facilities.
Impact: Creates an offense for carrying a firearm in a mental hospital. [See comments below.]
Position on Bill: Oppose this very bad bill.
Status: Filed 11/17/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17; died in committee.
Comments: The bill will be pitched as a “fix” for mental hospitals, but it does far more than address such entities. Also, a much better mental hospital fix will be filed.

HB403 (Springer, R, A+) Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a license to carry a handgun.
Impact: Removes a minimum caliber of handgun for use in the LTC range qualification.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/17/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17; died in committee. SB263 removing minimum caliber passed.
Comments:

HB421 (Rinaldi, R, A+) Relating to the exemption from application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a place of religious worship.
Impact: Exempts volunteer church security personnel from Section 1702.333, Occupations Code. This allows LTCs to carry self-defense handguns while volunteering.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/21/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17; public hearing 3/7/17; reported favorably as substituted 3/28/17; to Calendars 4/10/17; died in Calendars Committee. Entire bill was added to SB2065 that passed.
Comments: A bill with the same impact has been filed by Rep. Schaefer in 2013 and 2015.

HB435 (King, Ken, R, A) Relating to the application of certain weapons laws to and liability for certain actions of volunteer emergency services personnel licensed to carry a handgun
Impact: Multifaceted impact. 1) Immunity for governmental entities whose “volunteer emergency services personnel” (VESP) with an LTC discharge their firearms; 2) creates a defense to TPC §30.06 and §30.07 for VESP; 3) exempts VESP from TPC §§46.03, 46.035 and §46.035(b) & (c) while they are rendering emergency services.
Position on Bill: Support due to HB14 amended language.
Status: Filed 11/21/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17; public hearing 3/14/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 3/28/17; to Calendars 4/6/17; passed House 5/3/17; to Senate State Affairs Committee 5/12/17; public hearing 5/18/17; passed Senate w/amendment 5/24/17; House concurred with Senate Amendment 5/26/17 (Bill passed). Note: The civil fine language from HB14 dealing with state mental hospitals was amended into HB435.
Comments: This Bill grants immunity to governmental agencies and entities which encourages them to allow VESP with an LTC to carry their self-defense handguns. This is a good change. The Bill also allows VESP to carry their handguns while rendering emergency services without the risk of prosecution for carrying in off-limits locations. This too is a necessary improvement. However, the Bill also provides a defense to TPC §§30.06 and 30.07 merely because they are VESP, whether or not they are “on duty.” This goes too far. Such exception should apply, but only when actually rendering emergency services.

HB447 (Bell, R, A+) Relating to the civil liability of certain businesses in connection with allowing or forbidding handguns on the business premises.
Impact: Provides immunity from civil liability to a businesses for the acts or omissions of an LTC, if the business does not prohibit both open-carry and concealed-carry.
Position on Bill: Support. (See explanation below.)
Status: Filed 11/22/16; referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee 2/16/17; public hearing 3/28/17; died in committee.
Comments: Unlike SB86 by Sen. Hall, this bill would deny immunity if a business allows concealed-carry but prohibits open-carry.

HB465 (Anchia, D, F) Relating to the prosecution of certain offenses involving the carrying of weapons at amusement parks or locations associated with schools or educational institutions.
Impact: Render every square inch of a school off-limits to LTCs, not merely the “premises.” Also designates numerous other areas a “school” including libraries, after school programs, etc.
Position on Bill: Opposed.
Status: Filed 11/29/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB466 (Anchia, D, F) Relating to limiting the locations in which a license holder may openly carry a handgun; restricting an exception to a criminal offense.
Impact: Allows cities with a population of at least 750,000 people to prohibit open-carry, if the measure is carried in a popular referendum.
Position on Bill:
Opposed.
Status: Filed 11/29/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17; died in committee.
Comments: This bill would create a patchwork of gun laws that is a trap for honest citizens.

HB485 (Fallon, R) Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Impact:
Creates a sales tax exemption period for guns and hunting supplies.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 11/30/16; referred to Ways & Means Committee 2/16/17; died in committee.
Companion Bill: SB133
Comments:

HB497 (Rinaldi, R, A) Relating to the liability of a business that allows handguns to be carried on the business's premises.
Impact: Creates immunity from civil liability for the acts of a person in possession of a handgun while on the business property, if the business does not prohibit the possession of handguns.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 12/5/16; Referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee 2/16/17; public hearing 3/28/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB514 (Simmons, R, A) Relating to the authority of certain personal protection officers to carry certain weapons.
Impact: Exempts licensed personal protection officers from TPC §§46.02 and 46.03 when they are engaged in protecting someone.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 12/6/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17; public hearing 4/11/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 4/18/17; to Calendars Committee 5/1/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments: Unlike other bills that create an exception for some but not all LTCs, this Bill applies only to licensed security guards that have a personal protection endorsement. Also, it applies only when they are “working.” Such people cannot carry out their job duties, if they must disarm before entering property covered by TPC §§46.02 or 46.03.

HB556 (Keough, R, A) Relating to the civil liability of certain persons in connection with allowing or forbidding handguns on the premises of a business or apartment complex.
Impact: Creates strict liability for apartment complexes for injury or death suffered by an LTC, if the complex prohibits the carrying of concealed handguns by LTCs. It also grants immunity from civil liability for the acts of an LTC to complexes that do not prohibit concealed-carry by an LTC.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 12/9/16; referred to Judiciary & Civil Justice Committee 2/20/17; public hearing scheduled 3/28/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB560 (Springer, R, A+) Relating to the places where a person may carry a handgun if the person is licensed to carry a handgun and to certain related criminal offenses.
Impact: Greatly reduces the areas that are statutorily off-limits to LTCs. (See Comments below.)
Position on Bill: Support by all possible means!
Status: Filed 12/9/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/20/17; died in committee.
Comments: A detailed analysis of HB560 is available in the TFC Short-Shot: HB560, the most important self-defense bill introduced since SB378 in 2007. (To be released Monday, 12/12/16.)

HB606 (Springer, R, A+) Relating to the liability of a person who allows handguns to be carried on property owned, controlled, or managed by the person
Impact: Provides immunity to any person or entity that owns, controls, or manages property and who does not prohibit the carrying of handguns by giving notice pursuant to TPC §30.06 or 30.07. This immunity applies to claims based upon the person’s or entity’s failure to prohibit the possession of handguns on the property, unless the claim is based upon gross negligence.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 12/15/16, referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee 2/22/17; public hearing 3/28/17; reported favorably as substituted; to Calendars Committee 5/2/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments:

HB621 (Leach, R, A) Relating to requirements for certain applicants to obtain an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun; waiving a fee.
Impact: Repeals fee for issuance of an LTC to peace officers and members of the Texas Military forces. It also exempts peace officers from the requirement to take the LTC course.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 12/16/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/22/17; public hearing 4/4/17; reported favorably as substituted 4/18/17; to Calendars Committee 5/1/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments:

HB781 (Shaheen, R, A) Relating to the issuance of a handgun license.
Impact:
Requires DPS to issue a temporary LTC available as a download from the DPS website that is valid until the permanent license is issued.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 1/2/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/20/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB782 (Shaheen, R, A) Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a license to carry a handgun.
Impact:
Drops the minimum caliber to qualify for an LTC from .32 cal. to .22 cal.
Position on Bill: Support
Status: Filed 1/2/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/20/17; died in committee. SB263 passed removing the minimum caliber requirement.
Comments:

HB866 (Moody, D, B- ) Relating to lethal violence protective orders; creating a criminal offense.
Impact:
Creates a protective order titled a “Lethal Violence Protective Order” that is grossly overbroad. It allows far too many people to apply for the order on behalf of another person.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 1/9/17; referred to Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 2/23/17; public hearing 3/20/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB 873 (Pickett, D, B-) Relating to prohibiting certain establishments serving the public from restricting a peace officer or special investigator from carrying a weapon on the premises.
Impact: Prohibits most private property owners from prohibiting peace officers from carrying handgun on business property, regardless whether they are on duty or off duty.
Position on Bill:
Oppose.
Status:
01/09/2017; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/23/17; public hearing 3/21/17; reported favorably w/o amendment; to Calendars 4/13/17; considered in Calendars 4/18/17; placed on General State Calendar for 4/20/17; passed House 4/20/17; to Senate State Affairs Committee 5/1/17; public hearing 5/8/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 5/8/17; passed Senate 5/12/17.
Comments: This is yet another elitist bill because it applies to peace officers even when they are off-duty. TFC supports this concept, but only if it applies both to peace officers and LTCs.

HB 899 ( Nevárez, D, F) Relating to the notice given by a property owner prohibiting a handgun license holder from carrying a handgun on certain property.
Impact: Guts Tex. Penal Code §§30.06 and 30.07 by repealing the require language and size for a sign.
Position on Bill:
Oppose.
Status:
Filed 1/9/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/23/17; public hearing 4/11/17; died in committee.
Comments: Tex. Penal Code §30.06 has worked well for property owners and licensees for twenty years. This is nothing more than an anti-gun bill filed by an anti-gun Representative at the request of Bloomberg-supported anti-gun groups.

HB913 (Alvarado, D, F) Relating to the prosecution of the criminal offense of the possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of certain prohibited explosive weapons.
Impact:
Prohibits possess, etc. of explosive weapons even if the person has NFA papers and stamp.
Position on Bill: Neutral as substituted
Status: Filed 1/10/17; referred to Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 2/21/17; public hearing scheduled for 3/6/17; reported favorably as substituted 3/20/17; to Calendars 4/10/17; passed Hosue 5/3/17; to Senate Criminal Justice Committee 5/15/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 5/18/17; passed Senate 5/24/17.
Comments: Current Texas law allows the possession of so-called explosive weapons, if the person has NRA paperwork. This Bill would remove the ability to lawfully possess these weapons.

HB 927 (White, R, A) Relating to the regulation of firearms, air guns, knives, ammunition, and firearm and air gun supplies; imposing a civil penalty.
Impact: Expands the current preemption statute to prohibit the “storage, carrying, [or] wearing” of firearms. It also creates a civil fine virtually identical to Tex. Gov’t Code §411.209 that applies to the posting of unenforceable §30.06 signs.
Position on Bill:
Support.
Status:
Filed 1/11/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/21/17; died in committee.
Comments: It is unfortunate that this Bill is necessary to deal with dishonest local officials like the City of San Antonio.

HB968 (Metcalf, R, A) Relating to the prosecution of the offense of possessing a weapon in certain prohibited places associated with schools or postsecondary educational institutions.
Impact:
Clarifies that “school activity grounds” that are off-limits for possession of firearms are only those owned and controlled by the school. That is, grounds on the school campus.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 1/12/17, referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2\27\17; died in committee..
Companion Bill: SB349 (Identical)
Comments: This clarification is necessary because of dishonest people claiming that anywhere a school student is located is off-limits, if he/she is there as part of a school-sponsored activity. Watch for upcoming TFC Short Shot on this Bill.:

HB 980 (Wray, R, A) Relating to reducing certain fees for a license to carry a handgun for county jailers.
Impact: Reduces the LTC license fee for jailers to $25.
Position on Bill:
Neutral
Status:
Filed 1/12/17, referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2.27.17; public hearing 4/11/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 4/18/17; to Calendars Committee 5/1/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments:

HB 981 (Wray, R, A) Relating to the carrying of handguns by and an exemption from application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at an established place of religious worship.
Impact: Allows LTCs to carry handguns in churches and other places of worship while serving on a volunteer security team.
Position on Bill:
Support.
Status:
Filed 1/12/17, referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2.27.17; public hearing 4/25/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 4/25/17; to Calendars Committee 5/4/17; died in Calendars.. SB2065 passed with the volunteer church security language included.
Comments:
This bill is a very good bill, but it unnecessarily amends portions of Tex. Penal Code §46.035. Those provisions should be removed in committee.

HB 982 (Wray, R, A) Relating to the carrying of a handgun by a first responder engaged in the actual discharge of the first responder's duties.
Impact: Prohibits a political subdivision from prohibiting statutorily-defined “first responders” who have an LTC from carrying a handgun while actually responding to an emergency.
Position on Bill:
Support
Status:
Filed 1/12/17, referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2.27.17; died in committee. HB435 passed with similar language that applies to volunteer first responders.
Comments:
This is not an elitist bill as it applies only to first responders who are responding to a call.

HB 987 (Anchia, D, F-) Relating to use of force or deadly force in defense of a person.
Impact: Essentially repeals the Texas version of the Castle Doctrine that passed in 2007 as SB378.
Position on Bill:
Oppose.
Status:
Filed 1/12/17, referred to Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 2.27.17; died in committee.
Comments:
This is a typical “support your local criminal” bill filed by an F-rates, anti-gun, pro-criminal Democrat.

HB 1024 (Kacal, R, A) Relating to the removal of a fee for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun.
Impact: Repeals all fees related to obtaining or renewing a License to Carry a Handgun.
Position on Bill:
Support
Status:
Filed 1/13/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/6/17; died in committee.SB16 passed drastically reducing the LTC fees.
Companion Bills: SB16 (Identical); HB339 (Duplicate)
Comments:

HB 1153 ( Davis, Sarah, R, A-) Caption: Relating to the offense involving the carrying of handguns by license holders on the premises of state hospitals and state supported living centers
Impact: Creates an offense for carrying a handgun in a state mental hospital and state run living centers.
Position on Bill:
Oppose.
Status:
Filed 1/19/17; to Public Health Committee 5/21/17; died in committee.
Comments:
This Bill is terrible. It is grossly overbroad and it deletes the application of the narrow definition of “premises” such that all of the property on which state hospitals and living centers are located will be off-limits to LTCs. The inclusion of “living centers” also excludes carry of handguns in facilities that do not have “mental patients” as that term is generally understood.

HB 1209 (Burns, R, A) Relating to the punishment for the offense of unlawfully carrying a handgun by a license holder.
Impact: This Bill equalizes the penalties for violation of Tex. Penal Code §46.035.
Position on Bill:
Support
Status:
Filed 1/23/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/22/17; died in committee.
Comments:
Prior session changes to the Penal Code created a situation where virtually identical offenses carries different penalties. This bill corrects this disparity.

HB 1229 (Blanco, D, F) Relating to prohibiting the transfer of a firearm to a person listed in the terrorist screening database maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Impact: This Bill would create an offense for “selling, renting, leasing, loaning or fiving” a firearm to someone a person knows to be on the FBI’s “Terrorist Watch List.”
Position on Bill:
Oppose
Status:
Filed 1/24/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/22/17; public hearing 4/25/17; died in committee.
Comments:
The level of stupidity behind this bill is mind-boggling! The FBI terrorist watch list is confidential.

HB1267 (Schaefer, R, A+) Relating to the exemption from certain security licensure of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a private primary or secondary school or at a place of religious worship.
Impact:
Exempts volunteer security personnel for churches and schools from the security guard provisions in the Occupations Code. This will allow LTCs to carry handguns while serving on those volunteer security teams.
Position on Bill: Support
Status: Filed 1/25/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/23/17; died in committee. Very similar language dealing with volunteer church security personal passed in SB2065.
Comments:

HB1337 (Leach, R, A) Relating to the carrying or storage of a handgun by a firefighter at the fire station to which the firefighter is assigned
Impact: Prohibits cities and counties from prohibiting a paid firefighter who has a LTC from possessing their handgun in the fire station.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 1/27/17, referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/27/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB1637 (Schaefer, R, A+) Relating to warning signs applicable to the carrying of weapons on the premises of certain holders of alcoholic beverage licenses and permits and to grounds for cancellation of those licenses and permits.
Impact:
Multifaceted impact: 1) Repeals TABC authority to cancel a liquor license because the licensee allows the possession of handguns on the property; 2) repeals the requirement to post the two blue “unlicensed possession” and 51% signs.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 2/7/17; referred to Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee 3/6/17; died in committee.
Comments: More information is needed in order to take a position on this Bill.

HB1692 (Hefner, R, AQ) Relating to the transportation or storage of a handgun or other firearm or ammunition by a license holder in a motor vehicle in a parking area of a primary or secondary school.
Impact: This Bill essentially extends the protections of the Employer Parking Lot law to teachers and other school employees in K-12th grade public and private schools. This is an excellent Bill!
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 2/8/17; referred to Public Education Committee 3/14/17; public hearing 4/27/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 5/2/17; to Calendars Committee 5/5/17; died in Calendars Committee. Same language was added to SB1566 that passed.
Comments:

HB1771 (Price, R, A) Relating to the use of certain weapons in or on the beds or banks of the Canadian River in Potter County.
Impact: Prohibits shooting firearms and bows, except for shotguns firing shot, in the river bed or on the bank of the Canadian River for a two-mile section of the River.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 2/13/17; referred to Culture, Recreation & Truism Committee 3/28/17; public hearing 3/28/17; reported favorably as substituted and referred to Local & Consent Calendar 4/10/17; placed on Local & Consent Calendar for 4/21/17; back to committee and reported favorably as substituted 4/4/17; to Calendars Committee 4/17/17; passed House 4/20/17; to Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs Committee 5/4/17; passed Senate 5/19/17.
Comments: More information is needed in order to take a position on the Bill. It will likely be opposed due to the precedential impact on other rivers and shooting areas.

HB1819 (Springer, R, A+) Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to a firearm silencer.
Impact: If firearm suppressors are removed from the scope of the NFA, then this Bill will make it lawful to possess, manufacture, transport, repair to sell suppressors.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 2/13/17; referred to Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 3/9/17; public hearing 3/20/17; reported favorably as substituted 3/27/17; to Calendars 4/3/17; passed House 5/6/17; to Senate State Affairs Committee 5/9/17; public hearing 5/11/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 5/12/17; passed Senate 5/17/17.
Companion Bill: SB842 – Identical.
Comments: This Bill retains the status quo regarding Texas law on suppressors, unless federal law changes. If it does, then this Bill will make it lawful to possess suppressors without requiring a future change of Texas law.

HB1827 (Hinojosa, Gina, D, ?/F)   Relating to prohibiting carrying a firearm while intoxicated; creating an offense.
Impact: Creates a Class A misdemeanor offence for possessing a firearm while intoxicated, even if no injury or damage is done and/or no other violations have occurred. Exempts drunk LEOs.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 2/14/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/9/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB1911 (White, R, A) Relating to granting authority to carry a firearm to an unlicensed person who otherwise meets certain requirements for a handgun license and to related criminal offenses; creating a criminal offense.
Impact: Allows the carrying of a handgun without the need for a license-to-carry. (a/k/a “constitutional carry.)
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 2/15/2017; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/13/17; public hearing 3/28/17; reported favorably as substituted 4/18/17; to Calendars Committee 4/26/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments:

HB1914 (Cain, R, AQ) Relating to the issuance of a citation for the offense of trespass by certain persons carrying handguns.
Impact: Requires the issuance of a citation and prevents a custodial arrest for a person charged with a violation of TPC §§30.06 or 30.07.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 2/15/17; referred to Criminal Jurisprudence 3/13/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB1915 (Cain, R, AQ) Relating to the prosecution of the offense of possessing a weapon in certain prohibited places associated with schools or educational institutions
Impact: Another bill to clarify the scope of off-limits area when used for school-sponsored activity grounds.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 2/15/2017; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/13/17; died in committee.
Comments: While clarifying language is necessary, there are better bills to accomplish the goal. This Bill unnecessarily expands off-limits areas to include “regional education service center[s] established under Chapter 8, Education Code.” In addition to being unnecessary, this ill-advised and unnecessary language has the potential to be a trap for LTCs.

HB1945 (Swanson, R, AQ) Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to a firearm silencer.
Impact: Removes firearm “silencers” from the prohibited weapons list.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 2/15/17; referred to Criminal Jurisprudence 3/13/17; died in committee. HB1918 passed with similar language.
Comments:

HB1966 (Paul, R, A) Relating to the carrying of a concealed handgun on the premises of a condominium or multifamily residential rental property.
Impact: Prevents condominiums and apartment complexes from prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns to and from a condo unit or apartment by owners, tenants and guests who are LTCs.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 2/15/2017; referred to Business & Industry 3/20/17; public hearing 4/17/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 4/19/17; to Calendars Committee 4/24/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB2022 (Goldman, R, A) Relating to warning signs applicable to the carrying of weapons on the premises of certain holders of alcoholic beverage licenses and permits.
Impact: Repeals the requirement for the holder of a liquor license to post the unlicensed “blue signs.”
Position on Bill: Oppose as filed.
Status: Filed 2/16/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/13/17; public hearing 4/10/17 left pending; public hearing 4/17/17; died in committee.
Comments: TFC has no objection to removing the blue signs, but not repealing the revocation authority of TABC will strongly encourage restaurants and other none-51% locations to post 30.06 signs to protect their liquor license.

HB2380 (Swanson, R, AQ) Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of trespass by certain persons carrying handguns.
Impact: Creates a defense to a charge of violating TPC §30.06 or §30.07 that defendant left the property when told to do so.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 2/24/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/20/17; public hearing 4/18/17; died in committee.
Comments: This is a well-intended bill for LTCs, but it has significant problems. Some LTCs are likely to believe this bill renders TPC §§30.06 & 30.07 signs unenforceable, thus requiring the property owner to give oral instructions to the LTC to leave. This is not the case and there are other problems.

First, it creates a defense to prosecution, meaning the LTC can be arrested and be required to 1) post a bond; 2) hire an attorney; and 3) assert the defense in a trial. Another problem arises when the owner or person in control of the posted property does not give oral notice to leave, but calls the police instead. This defense would not be available.

HB2083 (Shaheen, R, A) Relating to expedited processing of certain applications for a license to carry a handgun; waiving a fee.
Impact: Provides for expedited handling of an LTC application for persons who submit an active protective order along with their LTC application. The LTC application fee would also be waived.
Position on Bill: Support
Status: Filed 2/17/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/16/17; public hearing 4/11/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB2105 (Holland, R, AQ) Relating to the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition in private vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
Impact: Allows any person who lawfully possesses firearms to store firearms and ammunition in their locked personal vehicles in a college parking lot. (The current protection applies only to LTCs.)
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 2/20/17; referred to Higher Education Committee (what!?) 3/14/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB2543 (Nevarez, D, F) Relating to the unlawful possession of a firearm by persons who are subject to certain judicial determinations; creating a criminal offense.
Impact: Would prohibit the possession of firearms if subject to certain judicial orders, or past mental findings.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 2/28/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/23/17; died in committee.
Comments: While part of the Bill are reasonable, it is overly broad in other aspects. If sufficiently amended to provide safeguards to people no longer suffering from certain mental issues, this Bill could be supported. Since the Bill was filed by an F-Rated Democrat, such an amendment is unlikely.

HB2583 (Martinez, D, C)   Relating to prohibiting the reckless discharge of a firearm; creating an offense.
Impact: Creates an offense for recklessly discharging a firearm “lacking a reasonable target.”
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 2/28/17; referred to Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 3/20/17; public hearing 4/10/17; died in committee.
Comments: This is a grossly overbroad and ambiguous Bill. There are multiple statutes that cover the conduct Rep. Martinez claims he is targeting. The Bill could result in a life sentence in prison for a minor scratch. Overreaching, unnecessary and self-dealing are terms that apply to this terrible Bill.

HB2735 (Bohac, R, A) Relating to the carrying of a handgun by certain first responders and volunteer emergency services personnel; providing for a fee.
Impact: Creates a “first responder” classification for an eligible LTC, requiring additional training of 40 hrs or more and an additional fee. First responders are exempt from certain off-limits areas.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 3/2/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/28/17; public hearing on 4/18/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB2772 (Phelan, R, A) Relating to requirements for peace officers to obtain an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun; waiving a fee.
Impact: 1) Exempts currently serving peace officers from the range portion of the LTC class; and 2) waived all LTC fees.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 3/2/2017; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/27/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB3242 (Springer, R, A) Relating to eligibility for and the revocation of a license to carry a handgun.
Impact: 1) requires the revocation of an LTC held by a peace officer whose peace officer license has been suspended or revoked; 2) established a procedure for peace officers and certain court personnel to prove handgun proficiency other than by the LTC course; and 3) waives fees.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 3/7/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/30/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB3340 (Thompson, Senfronia, D, D) Relating to the provision of information regarding firearm safety and suicide prevention.
Impact: Would add “suicide prevention” to the LTC course.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 3/8/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 4/3/17; died in committee.
Comments: LTC are the most law-abiding of Texans (21 times less likely to commit a crime than the general public) and there is no evidence LTC suffer a higher suicide rate. This Bill targets the wrong audience and is merely another anti-gun Texas Gun Sense effort.

HB3390 (Meyer, R, A) Relating to the exemption from range instruction for certain persons applying to obtain a license to carry a handgun.
Impact: Extends the current five year exemption from the LTC range qualification requirement to ten years for persons having received handgun training in the military.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 3/8/17; referred to Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee 3/31/17; public hearing on 4/18/17; died in committee.
Comments:

HB3801 (Burns, R, A) Relating to the eligibility requirements for a license to carry a handgun.
Impact: Establishes a procedure for an LTC applicant to appeal the denial of an LTC based upon pending charges against the applicant.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 3/9/17; referred to Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee 3/30/17; died in committee.
Comments: While a person is considered innocent until proven guilty, this Bill would cause the Texas LTC to lose NICS exemption. It would likely cause some states to cancel reciprocity with Texas.

HB3922 (Stucky, R, AQ) Relating to the places where an active judicial officer may carry a handgun if the officer is licensed to carry a handgun.
Impact: Would create a defense to prosecution for judges being charged with violating 30.06.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 3/10/17; referred to Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee 3/31/17; public hearing 4/11/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 4/18/17; to Calendars Committee 5/1/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments:

HB3989 (Johnson, Eric, D, D) Relating to the locations where a person may openly carry a holstered handgun.
Impact: Extends the current amusement park off-limits areas to temporary set-ups and includes the parking area, if they are within the controlled access areas.
Status: Filed 3/10/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 4/3/17; public hearing on 4/18/17; died in committee..
Position on Bill:Oppose.
Comments: This Bill likely targets the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, but it is not legally limited to that event. It would render the entire parking lot of NRG stadium off-limits, thus disarming tens of thousands of Rodeo attendees from their drive to and from home to this dangerous part of Houston.

HB4024 (Walle, D, F) Relating to the authority of certain counties to regulate excessive noise levels affecting residential areas in unincorporated areas of the county; authorizing the imposition of a civil fine.
Impact: Allows counties to adopt noise ordinances and issue files up to $500. It applies to “residential addresses.”
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 3/10/17; referred to County Affairs 3/31/17; public hearing 4/13/17; reported favorably as substituted 4/19/17; to Calendars Committee 4/27/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments: This bill does not exempt statutorily-defined “sport shooting ranges.” Also, “residential addresses” is not defined and could include any property. There is no standard for noise, thus it is overly broad.

HB4037 (Anchia, D, F) Relating to certain criminal offenses concerning the unlawful transfer or purchase of certain weapons; increasing a criminal penalty.
Impact: Creates a state “straw purchase” offense; increased the penalty to a 3rd degree felony.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 3/10/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 4/3/17; died in committee.
Comments: This is already covered by federal law.

HB4200 (Hinojosa, D, F) Relating to the acquisition or attempted acquisition of a firearm by a person prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Impact: This Bill would 1) create an offense for “knowingly” purchasing or attempting to purchase a firearm when the person was prohibited from possessing firearms under state or federal law; 2) require FFLs to report the attempted purchase to the DPS; and 3) require DPS to investigate the attempted purchase and report to the appropriate local authorities for prosecution.
Position on Bill: Oppose this terrible bill!
Status: Filed 3/10/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/31/17; public hearing on 4/18/17; died in committee.
Comments: This Bill is in the top 10 worst bills ever filed in Texas! Every year, thousands of people are not allowed to purchase firearms from a federal licensed dealer, even though they are not prohibited from possessing firearms under state are federal law. Federal law provides an appeals process and most of those wrongfully denied are ultimately allowed to complete the purchase. Under Rep. Hinojosa’s HB4200, it would be too late. The firearms dealer would have already reported the attempted purchase to DPS and DPS would be using resources to investigate someone who never should have been prohibited form purchasing the firearm.

The Bill also makes federally licensed firearm dealers a de facto agent of law enforcement. It would force the DPS to investigate possible offenses while the wrongfully-denied citizen is going through the federal appeals process incorporated in the NICS background check system.

SENATE BILLS:

SB16 (Nichols, R,A & Huffman, R, A) Relating to the removal of a fee for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun.
Impact: Removes all fees for obtaining, renewing or modifying an LTC.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/30/16; referred to State Affairs Committee 1/24/17; public hearing 3/20/17; reported favorably as substituted 3/21/17; passed Senate 3/27/17; to House and referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 4/18/17; formal meeting 4/20/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 4/20/17; to Calendars Committee 4/24/17; passed House w/amendment 5/3/17; Senate concurred with House Amendment 5/11/17; signed by Governor 5/26/17.
Companion Bill: HB339 - Identical
Comments:

SB 86 (Hall, R, A)  Relating to the liability of a property owner who allows handguns to be carried on the owner's property.
Impact:  Grants immunity from civil liability to property owners that do not ban possession of handguns on their property, unless such possession if unlawful.  This immunity does not apply to willful or wanton conduct, or gross negligence by the owners.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Filed 11/14/16;
referred to State Affairs Committee 1/24/17; died in committee.
Comments:  This Bill encourages property owners not to bar handgun possession by Licensees.

SB93 (Hall, R, A) Relating to prohibiting public funds from being used to enforce certain federal or international laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
Impact: Would prohibit the funding of enforcement of certain federal gun laws.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to State Affairs Committee 1/24/17; died in committee.
Comments:

SB104 (Hall, R, A) Relating to prohibiting certain physician questions regarding firearms.
Impact: Would prohibit a physician, other than a psychiatrist, from inquiring about firearms in the home. It would also prohibit refusing to treat a patient based upon their refusal to provide such information.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to Health & Human Services Committee 1/25/17; died in committee.
Comments: This is a good bill, but it has no teeth. There is no criminal offense and the State Board of Medical Examiners can, but are not required, to take disciplinary action against any physician that violated this prohibition.

SB133 (Creighton, R, A+) Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Impact:
Creates a sales tax exemption period for guns and hunting supplies.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to Finance Committee 1/25/17; died in committee.
Comments:

SB138 (Taylor, Van, R, A) Relating to the exemption from range instruction for certain persons applying to obtain a license to carry a handgun.
Impact: Exempts military veterans from the range portion of the LTC course, if they received handgun training within ten years.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to State Affairs Committee 1/25/17; public hearing 3/20/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 3/21/17; passed Senate 4/3/17; to House and referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 4/18/17; formal meeting 4/20/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 4/20/17; to Calendars Committee 4/28/17; referred back to committee 5/3/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 5/4/17; to Calendars Committee 5/8/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments:

SB206 (West, D, F) Relating to certain criminal offenses concerning the unlawful transfer or purchase of certain weapons; increasing a criminal penalty.
Impact: Creates a felony offense if a person purchases or attempts to purchase a firearm to be given to someone the buyer knows intends to possess or use the firearm unlawully.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to State Affairs Committee 1/25/17; died in committee.
Comments: The act(s) this Bill would address are already unlawful under state and/or federal law. This is just another attempt by F-Rated Royce West to pass an anti-gun bill.

SB220 (Menendez, D, D+) Relating to the offense involving the carrying of handguns by license holders on the premises of certain mental health facilities
Impact: This bill purports to deal with psychiatric hospitals, but it is far too broad.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to State Affairs Committee 1/25/17; died in committee.
Comments: A much better bill will be filed to address guns in psychiatric hospitals.

SB221 (Menedez, D, D+) Relating to prohibiting the transfer of a firearm to a person listed in the terrorist screening database maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Impact: Creates an offense for selling, renting, leasing, loaning or giving a firearm to someone “the actor knows is included in the terrorist screening database maintained by the FBI.”
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to Criminal Justice Committee 1/25/17; died in committee.
Comments: This is a joke! The terrorists watch list is classified and no one can see it! The level of stupidity of this bill boggles the mind.

SB222 (Menedez, D, D+) Relating to designating June as Gun Violence Awareness Month.
Impact: Establishes June of each year as “Gun Violence Awareness Month.”
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to Administration Committee 1/25/17; died in committee.
Comments: This bill is nothing more than a blatant anti-gun move to get the public to condemn the tool rather the criminal.

SB263 (Perry, R, A) Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a license to carry a handgun.
Impact: Removes a minimum caliber of handgun for use in the LTC range qualification.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 11/30/16; referred to State Affairs Committee 1/30/17; public hearing 3/20/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 3/21/17; passed Senate 4/4/17; to House and referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 4/18/17; public hearing 5/16/17; formal meeting 5/16/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 5/16/17; to Calendars Committee 5/19/17; passed House 5/25/17.
Companion Bill: HB403
Comments:

SB264 (Perry) Relating to an application made by a county jailer to obtain a license to carry a handgun; reducing a fee.
Impact:
Exempts county jailers from the range portion of an LTC class and reduces the fee to $25.
Position on Bill: Neutral
Status: Filed 11/30/16; referred to State Affairs Committee 1/30/17; public hearing 3/20/17; reported favorably as substituted 3/22/17; passed Senate 4/10/17; to House 4/11/17; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 5/9/17; public hearing 5/16/17; reported favorably as substituted 5/16/17; to Calendars Committee 5/19/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments:

SB349 (Creighton, R,A) Relating to the prosecution of the offense of possessing a weapon in certain prohibited places associated with schools or postsecondary educational institutions.
Companion: HB968 – Identical.
Impact:
Clarifies that “school activity grounds” that are off-limits for possession of firearms are only those owned and controlled by the school. That is, grounds on the school campus.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 12/16/16; referred to State Affairs Committee 1/30/17; public hearing 4/24/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 4/25/17; passed Senate 5/9/17; to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 5/12/17; public hearing 5/16/17; reported favorably as substituted 5/16/17; to Calendars Committee 5/19/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments: This clarification is necessary because of dishonest people claiming that anywhere a school student is located is off-limits, if he/she is there as part of a school-sponsored activity. Watch for upcoming TFC Short Shot on this Bill.

SB434 (Rodriguez) Relating to lethal violence protective orders; creating a criminal offense.
Impact:
Creates a protective order titled a “Lethal Violence Protective Order” that is grossly overbroad. It allows far too many people to apply for the order on behalf of another person.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 1/9/17; to State Affairs Committee 2/6/17; died in committee.
Comments:

SB 449 (Burton, R, A) Relating to the carrying of a concealed handgun on the premises of certain businesses.
Impact: Prevents the TABC from cancelling a liquor license based upon the known presence of an LTC 1) with a concealed handgun on the premises of a 51% location; or 2) with a handgun carried openly or concealed on the premises of a location other than a 51% location.
Position on Bill:
Neutral.
Status:
Filed 1/9/17; referred to Business & Commerce Committee 2/6/17; died in committee.
Comments:

SB 450 (Burton, R, A) Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition.
Impact: Prohibits a state agency, political subdivision, an employee of either, or a law enforcement officer from assisting in the enforcement of any federal statute, order, rule or regulation regulating firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition, other than complying with the national instant criminal background check system.
Position on Bill:
Support
Status:
Filed 1/9/17; referred to State Affairs Committee 2/6/17; died in committee.
Comments:


SB 458 (Huffines, R, A) Relating to the offense of carrying a handgun while intoxicated.
Impact: Limits the criminal offense of carrying a handgun while intoxicated to persons who have the handgun on their person, as opposed to being in the cabin of a motor vehicle.
Position on Bill:
Neutral
Status:
Filed 1/11/17; referred to Criminal Justice Committee 2/6/17; died in committee.
Comments:


SB 459 (Huffines, R, A) Relating to the regulation or taxation of firearms, air guns, knives, or ammunition by a municipality or county.
Impact: Prohibits cities and counties from regulating the “sale, purchase or manufacture” of firearms or ammunition. Also prevents cities and counties from adopting a tax that applies to firearms or ammunition, other than taxes authorized by the state; i.e. sales tax.
Position on Bill:
Neutral
Status:
Filed 1/11/17; referred to State Affairs Committee 2/6/17; public hearing 4/27/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 5/8/17; passed Senate 5/11/17; to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 5/16/17; died in committee.
Comments:

SB 577 (Nichols, R, A) Relating to the offense involving the carrying of handguns by license holders on the premises of state hospitals.
Impact: Renders specific state mental hospitals off-limits to LTCs.
Position on Bill:
Support
Status:
Filed 1/23/17; referred to State Affairs Committee 2/8/17; died in committee. HB435 passed after being amended to include this language.
Comments:
Unlike HB1153 that is grossly overbroad, SB577 limits its application to specific mental hospitals.

SB583 (Campbell, R, A+) Relating to the punishment for the offense of unlawfully carrying a handgun by a license holder.
Impact: This Bill equalizes the penalties for violation of Tex. Penal Code §46.035.
Position on Bill:
Support
Status:
Filed 1/24/17; referred to State Affairs Committee 2/8/17; died in committee.
Comments: [This is not a companion bill to HB1209, but it has the same legal impact.
} Prior session changes to the Penal Code created a situation where virtually identical offenses carries different penalties. This bill corrects this disparity.


SB618 (Estes, R, A+) Relating to the liability of certain property owners who allow handguns to be carried on certain property.
Impact: Provides immunity to any person or entity that owns, controls, or manages property and who does not prohibit the carrying of handguns by giving notice pursuant to TPC §30.06 or 30.07. This immunity applies to claims based upon the person’s or entity’s failure to prohibit the possession of handguns on the property.
Position on Bill: Support
Status: Filed 1/25/17; referred to State Affairs Committee 2/13/17; died in committee.
Comments: This Bill is very similar to HB606 by Rep. Springer.

SB842 (Perry/Estes, R, A+) Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to a firearm silencer.
Impact: If firearm suppressors are removed from the scope of the NFA, then this Bill will make it lawful to possess, manufacture, transport, repair to sell suppressors.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 2/13/17, referred to State Affairs Committee 2/27/17; died in committee. HB1918 passed with identical language.
Companion Bill: HB1819 – Identical.
Comments: This Bill retains the status quo regarding Texas law on suppressors, unless federal law changes. If it does, then this Bill will make it lawful to possess suppressors without requiring a future change of Texas law.

SB953 (Hancock) Relating to warning signs applicable to the carrying of weapons on the premises of certain holders of alcoholic beverage licenses and permits.
Companion: HB2022 – Identical.
Impact:
Repeals the requirement for the holder of a liquor license to post the unlicensed “blue signs.”
Position on Bill: Oppose as filed.
Status: Filed 2/17/17; referred to Business & Commerce Committee 3/1/17; died in committee.
Comments: TFC has no objection to removing the blue signs, but not repealing the revocation authority of TABC will strongly encourage restaurants and other none-51% locations to post 30.06 signs to protect their liquor license.

SB1146 (Nichols, R, A) Relating to the carrying of handguns by license holders on the property of state hospitals; providing a civil penalty.
Companion: HB14 - Identical
Impact:
Prohibits carrying firearms in specific state mental hospitals, creating a civil fine.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 2/28/17; referred to State Affairs 3/7/17; died in committee. HB435 passed with this language added.
Comments:

SB1408 (Huffines, R, A) Relating to the carrying of a handgun by certain first responders and volunteer emergency services personnel.
Impact: 1) Creates a “first responder” classification for certain emergency service personnel; 2) creates a special training course for first responders who hold an LTC; 3) grants governmental immunity for the discharge of a firearm by a qualified first-responder.
Position on Bill: Neutral.
Status: Filed 3/7/17; referred to State Affairs 3/16/17; public hearing 4/10/17; reported favorably w/o amendments 4/11/17; placed on intent calendar 4/12/17; passed Senate 4/18/17; to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 5/8/17; public hearing 5/16/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 5/16/17; to Calendars Committee 5/19/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments:

SB1447 (Estes, R, A+) Relating to the liability of a sport shooting range.
Impact: Strengthens the Texas Sport Shooting Range protection law by addressing unqualified “experts” testifying in range cases.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 3/8/17; referred to State Affairs 3/20/17; died in committee.
Comments:

SB1704 (Buckingham, R, AQ) Relating to the eligibility requirements for a license to carry a handgun.
Companion: HB3801 - Identical
Impact: Establishes a procedure for an LTC applicant to appeal the denial of an LTC based upon pending charges against the applicant.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 3/9/17; referred to State Affairs 3/22/17; died in committee.
Comments: While a person is considered innocent until proven guilty, this Bill would cause the Texas LTC to lose NICS exemption. It would likely cause some states to cancel reciprocity with Texas.

SB1719 (Hall, R, A) Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of trespass by certain persons carrying handgun.
Impact: Creates a defense to prosecution under TPC §§30.06 and 30.07 that the LTC immediately left the posted premises immediately upon being told to do so.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 3/9/17; referred to State Affairs Committee 3/22/17; died in committee.
Comments:

SB1736 (Hughes, R, A) Relating to the liability of a business that allows handguns to be carried on the business's premises.
Companion: HB497 - Identical
Impact:
Creates immunity from civil liability for the acts of a person in possession of a handgun while on the business property, if the business does not prohibit the possession of handguns.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 3/9/17; referred to State Affairs Committee 3/23/17; public hearing 4/6/17 & 4/10/17; reported favorably as substituted 4/18/17; passed Senate 4/20/17; to Judiciary & Civil Justice Committee 5/5/17; formal meeting 5/16/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 5/16/17; to Calendars Committee 5/17/17; died in Calendars Committee.
Comments:

SB1778 (Garcia, D, F) Relating to the provision of information regarding firearm safety and suicide prevention.
Companion: HB3340 - Identical
Impact:
Would add “suicide prevention” to the LTC course.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 3/9/17; referred to State Affairs Committee 3/23/17; died in committee.
Comments: LTC are the most law-abiding of Texans (21 times less likely to commit a crime than the general public) and there is no evidence LTC suffer a higher suicide rate. This Bill targets the wrong audience and is merely another anti-gun Texas Gun Sense effort.

SB1942 (Hughes, R, A) Relating to the transportation or storage of a handgun or other firearm or ammunition by a license holder in a motor vehicle in a parking area of a primary or secondary school.
Impact: Prohibits public and private schools (K-12th grade) from prohibiting employees with an LTC from having guns in their cars.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 3/10/17; referred to State Affairs Committee 3/27/17; public hearing 5/1/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 5/1/17; passed Senate 5/8/17; to Public Education Committee 5/12/17; reportred favorably w/o amendment 5/16/17; to Calendars Committee 5/18/17; died in Calendars Committee. SB1566 passed with this language added..
Comments:

SB1943 (Hughes, R, A) Relating to restrictive covenants regarding firearms or firearms ammunition.
Impact: Preempts home owners’ associations from regulating firearms or lawful discharge of firearms.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 3/10/17; referred to State Affairs 3/27/17; public hearing 4/10/17; recommended for local & uncontested calendar 4/11/17; passed Senate 4/19/17; to House Business & Industry Committee 5/8/17; formal meeting 5/19/17; reported favorably w/o amendment 5/19/17; died without going to Calendars Committee.
Comments:

SB1960 (Lucio, D, C) Relating to firearm safety awareness; decreasing the application and license fee for a license to carry a handgun.
Impact: The Bill would 1) reduce LTC fees to $25; and 2) create a firearms awareness taskforce made up of anti-gun groups.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
Status: Filed 3/10/17; referred to State Affairs 3/27/17; died on committee.
Comments:

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

SJR 30 (Huffines, R) Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from adopting or enforcing a law, ordinance, order, or other regulation requiring the registration of a firearm.
Impact: Prohibits the state or any political subdivision from requiring the registration of firearms.
Position on Amendment:
Support
Status:
Filed 1/11/17; referred to State Affairs Committee 1/30/17; died.
Comments:
There is no legitimate reason for firearms registration. It is always a prelude to confiscation.

SENATE CONCURRING RESOLUTIONS

SCR 8 (Huffines, R) Designating the cannon as the official state gun of Texas.
Impact: Creates an official state gun, i.e. the cannon.
Position on Resolution:
Neutral
Status:
Filed 1/11/17; referred to Administration Committee 5/17/17; died.
Comments:


HCR51 (Lang) Designating the 1847 Colt Walker pistol as the official state handgun of Texas.
Impact: [See above.]
Position on Bill: NEUTRAL
Status: Filed 1/26/17; referred to Culture, Recreation & Tourism 3/7/17; died.
Comments:

2015 Bill Status Report

HOUSE BILLS:

HB92 (White)  Relating to the definition of an illegal knife. 
Impact:  Removes Bowie knife from definition of illegal knives and from a defense for historical reenactments .  Still illegal to carry knives with blades over 5 1/2".
Position on Bill:  Neutral.  This bill does not help Texans.
Status:  Filed 11/10/14; referred to Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 2/9/15; hearing 4/29/15 – left pending.

HB106 (Flynn, R, A+)  Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
Impact:  Creates licensed open-carry, but destroys the protections of Tex. Penal Code §30.06.
Position on Bill:  Oppose, because of the amendment to Tex. Penal Code §30.06.
Status:   referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/9/15; passed in the House 5/13/15.

HB118 (Flynn, R, A+) Relating to a fee waiver for a combination resident hunting and fishing license for certain military personnel.
Impact:  Removes the fee for a combined hunting and fishing license for disabled veterans and active military.
Position on Bill:  Neutral.
Status: Referred to Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee 2/11/15; on Local & Consent Calendar 4/20/15; on General Calendar 5/8/15; passed House 5/12/15, referred to Veterans Affairs & Military Installations Committee 5/22/15.

HB148 (Menendez):  Relating to the consumption of alcoholic beverages on certain premises; providing a penalty and authorizing a fee.
Impact:  Changes to Tex. Gov't Code §411.204 and Tex. Penal Code §46.02 will create new off-limits locations for CHLs that do not even require a 51% sign.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Referred to Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee 2/9/15.

HB152 (Harless, R, A)  Relating to the authority of the voters of certain counties to authorize the county to regulate the sale and use of fireworks; providing penalties.
Impact:  Deals with county regulation of fireworks.
Position on Bill:  Neutral, but monitor to ensure firearms and sport shooting ranges are not added to the bill.
Status: Filed Referred to County Affairs Committee 2/9/15; public hearinf and left pending in committee 3/26/15.

HB153 (Harless, R, A)   Relating to the adoption of noise regulations by certain counties; providing a criminal penalty; authorizing a fee.
Impact:  Deals with county regulation of noise generated by loud speakers.
Position on Bill:  Neutral, but monitor to ensure firearms and sport shooting ranges are not added to the bill.
Status: Referred to County Affairs Committee 2/9/15; public hearing 3/26/15, no action taken.

HB155 (Johnson):  Relating to the use of force in defense of property.
Impact:  Adds another requirement to be able to use force to defend property.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status: Referred to Criminal Justice Committee 2/9/15; public hearing 3/11/15; left pending.

HB164 (White)  Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
Impact:
  Creates licensed open-carry and preserves the protection of Tex. Penal Code §30.06
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status: Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/9/15

HB172 (Stickland)   Relating to municipal regulation of electric stun guns, knives, and personal defense sprays.
Impact:
  Adds stun guns, knives and personal defense sprays to the Texas preemption statute preventing municipal regulation thereof.   However, it adds an unnecessary provision that guts much of the Texas Sport Shooting Range Protection law passed in 2011.
Position on Bill:  Oppose unless the proposed Tex. Local Gov't Code §229.(b)(10) is removed.
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/12/15; public hearing 3/24/15, left pending.

HB176 (Kleinschmidt, R, A+)   Relating to protection of the right to keep and bear arms within the State of Texas.
Impact:  Attempts to invalidate certain federal gun laws.  Also prohibits state law enforcement officer from enforcing certain federal laws.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Referred to Select Committee on State/Federal Power Responsibility 2/12/15.

HB195 (Stickland, R)  Relating to the carrying of handguns; providing for the open carrying of handguns; removing the requirement that a person who may lawfully possess handguns obtain a Concealed Handgun License in order to carry a handgun lawfully in the state of Texas, and conforming changes.
Impact:  Created unlicensed open or concealed carry; retains all current off-limits areas.
Position on Bill:  Neutral.
Status: Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/10/15.
Analysis & Comment:  The Bill contains vague language dealing TPC §30.06 that will likely be used by intellectually dishonest prosecutors to claim that TPC §30.06 applies to both open and concealed carry.  Also, current subsection §46.02(A-1)(A) [amended by HB195 to be §46.02(a)(1)] should be repealed as it subjects a person to arrest and conviction for unlawful carrying of a weapon for any unlawful act, other than traffic violations. Even Class C misdemeanors such as littering will support an arrest and conviction.  This provision currently applies only to handguns in cars, but HB195 would apply it to carrying handguns everywhere!   If the above-identified language is removed in a committee substitute, the Bill will be supported, otherwise it will be opposed.

HB198 (Huberty)  Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain persons attending a school board meeting.  
Impact:
  Would allow school board members and school superintendents to carry handguns at school board meetings.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Referred to Public Education Committee 2/12/15.

HB206 (Leach)  Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Impact:
  Creates a sales tax free day for purchasing firearms and hunting supplies.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status: Referred to Ways & Means Committee 2/10/15; public hearing 4/7/15, left pending.

HB223 (Guillen, D)  Relating to acceptable conduct of students in kindergarten through grade five.
Impact:
  Protects school children from K - 5th grades from being disciplined for certain acts related to firearm representations.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status: Referred to Public Education Committee 2/10/15.

HB226 (Guillen, D)  Relating to certain offenses relating to carrying concealed handguns on property owned or leased by a governmental entity; providing a civil penalty.
Impact:
  Creats a civil penalty for local governments and agencies that post unenforceable 30.06 signs.
Position on Bill:  Support, but demand amendment to allow for private causes of action.
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/12/15; public hearing 3/10/15; reported favorably 3/23/15; in Calendars 4/14/15; considered in Calendars 5/7/15; on House Calendar 5/12/15.

HB278 (Ashby) Relating to authorizing certain attorneys representing the state to openly carry a handgun. 
Impact:  Would allow government attorneys to carry handgun openly.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/11/15; public hearing 3/26/15; reported favorably 3/26/15; on Local & Consent 4/1/15; transferred to 5/1/15; on House Calendar for 5/13/15.

HB284 (Springer, R, A+) 
Impact:
  Sets the minimum caliber for CHL qualification to .22.
Companion Bill:  SB179 by Perry.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/11/15; public hearing & reported favorably as substituted 3/26/15; on Local & Consent 4/1/15; transferred to Calendar 5/1/15; on House Calendar 5/12/15.

HB291 (Huberty)  Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
Impact:  Creates licensed open-carry, but destroys the protections of Tex. Penal Code §30.06.  (Appears identical to HB106.)
Position on Bill:  Oppose, because of the amendment to Tex. Penal Code §30.06.
Status: Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/11/15.

HB308 (Springer, R, A+)  Relating to the places where a person may carry a handgun if the person is licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
Impact:  Removes off-limits locations currently applicable for Concealed Handgun Licensees, as set out in TPC §46.03 and §46.035.
Position on Bill:  Support this excellent bill!  It is arguably the most important Bill for CHL's since the passage of SB60 in 1995.
Status:
  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/11/15; public hearing 3/24/15; voted favorably as substituted 5/5/15; in Calendars 5/8/15.

HB353 (King, Ken)  Relating to the application of certain weapons laws to certain volunteer emergency services personnel licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
Impact:  Makes TPC §30.06 inapplicable to volunteer emergency service providers answering calls and it removes all off-limits areas for such persons.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/12/15; public hearing 3/10/15; reported favorably as substituted 3/24/15; to Calendars 3/31/15; passed as amended 5/7/15; passed House 5/7/15; in Senate 5/11/15; referred to State Affairs Committee 5/12/15.
Analysis & Comment:  This Bill does two things; it makes TPC §30.06 inapplicable to volunteer emergency service personnel answering calls; and it removes off-limits locations found in TPC §46.035(b)&(c).  These apply only to counties with population under 50,000.  Rendering TPC §30.06 inapplicable to emergency service personnel answering calls is a very good provision and it should be applicable regardless of a county's population.  However, there should not be any preferential treatment of any subset of CHLs; it is time to remove all off-limits locations for all CHLs.  If Section 3 of the Bill exempting emergency personnel from TPC §46.035(b)&(c) is removed, then this Bill should be supported.

HB413 (Goldman)   Relating to protection of the right to keep and bear arms within the State of Texas.
Impact:  Attempts to invalidate certain federal gun laws.  Also prohibits state law enforcement officer from enforcing certain federal laws.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Companion:  Identical to HB176
Status:  Filed 11/10/15; referred to Select Committee on State & Federal Power and Responsibility Committee 2/16/15; public hearing and left pending 3/19/15.

HB415 (Riddle, R, A+)  Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
Impact:  Creates licensed open-carry, but destroys the protections of Tex. Penal Code §30.06.
Position on Bill:  Oppose, because of the amendment to Tex. Penal Code §30.06.
Companion:  Identical to HB106 and HB291
Status:   Filed 12/1/14; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/15.

HB421 (Krause):  Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
Impact:  Purports to exempt firearms/accessories and ammo manufactured in Texas from federal regulations.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Filed 12/1/14; referred to Select Committee on State & Federal Power and Responsibility Committee 2/16/15; public hearing and left pending 4/9/15.
Analysis & Comment:  State law cannot nullify federal law.  However, this bill like others before it send a clear statement to the federal government about the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  TFC has been neutral on such bills in prior sessions, but in view of increasing propensity of the current administration to ignore the mandates of the U.S. Constitution, it is time for all states to take a stand.

HB422 (Krause):Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
Impact:  Prohibits any Texas governmental agency from enforcing certain federal gun laws.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Filed 12/1/14; referred to Select Committee on State & Federal Power and Responsibility Committee 2/16/15; public hearing scheduled 4/23/15; voted favorably without amendment 5/6/15.; in Calendars 5/11/15.
Analysis & Comment:  Unlike an attempt to nullify federal law, a state can prohibit its law enforcement agencies and other units of local government from enforcing or aiding in the enforcement of federal gun laws.

HB554 (Springer, R, A+)  Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of possessing or carrying a weapon in or into the secured area of an airport.
Impact:  Creates a defense to prosecution and a prohibition on arrest if a CHL inadvertently carries a handgun into the security area of an airport.  Police cannot arrest a person unless they advise them of their ability to leave the security area and  the CHL fails to do so.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Filed 12/18/14; public hearing in Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/10/15; reported favorably as amended 3/17/15; considered in Calendars 4/20/15; passed as amended 5/7/15; in Senate 5/11/15, referred to State Affairs Committee, reporteed favorably without amendments; passed as amended 5/24/15; House concurred 5/27/15, to Governor 5/30/15.
Companion:  HB571 by Pickett

HB571 (Picket, D, C)  Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of possessing or carrying a weapon in or into the secured area of an airport.
Impact:  Creates a defense to prosecution and a prohibition on arrest if a CHL inadvertently carries a handgun into the security area of an airport.  Police cannot arrest a person unless they advise them of their ability to leave the security area and  the CHL fails to do so.
Position on Bill:  Support, but Rep. Springer's bill first.
Status:  Filed 12/18/14; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/19/15.
Companion:  HB554 by Springer (This is the preferred bill.)
Analysis & Comment:  This Bill is identical to Rep. Springer's HB554.  It is unclear whey Pickett would file a pro-gun bill since his one term as Chairman of the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee revealed a clear anti-gun philosophy.  Only pressure form the Speak prompted him to let some pro-gun bills in his committee come up for a vote.  He also revealed his amazing arrogance in comments about gun bills.  Support Rep. Springer's HB554, rather than this face-saving attempt by Pickett. 

HB573 (White):  Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of possessing or carrying a firearm on the premises of a polling place.
Impact:
  This Bill would allow election judges and clerks who have a CHL to carry handguns on the premises of a polling place on election day.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Filed 12/23/14; referred to Crimminal Jurisprudence Committee 2/18/15; hearing 5/6/15, withdrawn 5/6/15.

HB695 (Springer, R, A+): Relating to the carrying of a concealed handgun by the holder of a concealed handgun license on hospital or nursing home premises; authorizing a penalty.
Impact:  Removes public hospitals and nursing homes from the statutorily off-limits list; requires private hospitals and nursing homes to station an armed guard in uniform at every entrance in order to use TPC §30.06 to bar armed CHLs.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Filed 1/14/15.  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/5/15.

HB712 (Springer, R, A+):  Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for Firearms and Firearm supplies for a limited period.
Impact:  Exempts guns and hunting supplies from sales tax for one weekend per year.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Referred to House Ways and Means Committee 2/23/15; public hearing and left pending 4/7/15.

HB805 (Keough):  Relating to authorizing a license holder to carry a concealed handgun on certain premises.
Impact:  Further limits the use of TPC §30.06 by entities that private persons and entities that receive public money and removes several locations from the list of prohibited areas for armed CHLs.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/23/15; public hearing 4/14/15, left pending.

HB849 (Paddie):  Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Impact:  Sales tax exemption on firearms and hunting supplies for one weekend in August.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Statuts:  Filed 1/21/15; referred to Ways and Means Committee 3/2/15; public hearing 4/7/15; reported favorably as substituted 4/16/15; passed to 3rd reading 5/7/15; on calendar for 5/8/15; passed House 5/12/15; referred to Finance Committee 5/15/15.

HB905 (Frullo): Relating to the regulation of knives by a municipality or county.
Impact: Adds knives to the state preemption statute preventing regulation by cities.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 1/23/15; in Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/26/15; public hearing and voted favorably as substituted 3/26/26; passed House 5/5/15; in Senate 5/6/15; referred to Criminal Jurisprudence 5/11/15; reported favorably without amendment, passed 5/26/15; to Governor 5/29/15.

HB910 (Philips):  Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun; creating a criminal offense; providing penalties.
Impact:  Removes the requirement for a CHL to conceal their handgun.  It preserves the application of TPC §30.06 only to concealed handguns and creates an entirely new TPC §30.07 applicable only to openly carried handguns.  The Bill has 4 Authors and 40 Co-Authors at this time.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/25/2015; public hearing scheduled for 8:00am on 3/17/15; reported favorably as amended 3/26/15; to Calendars 4/15/15; final passage in House 4/21/15; in Senate 4/21/15; to State Affairs 5/6/15; reported favorably as amended 5/19/15, passed with amendments 5/23/15; House refused to concur 5/27/15, Conference Committee Report adopted by House and Senate 5/29/15; to the Governor 6/1/15.

HB922 (Leach)Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; creating an offense; providing penalties.
Impact:  Creates licensed open-carry, but guts TPC §30.06 by applying it to both open and concealed carry and removing the specific language required for a §30.06 sign.
Position on Bill:  Oppose this horrible bill!
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/25/2015.

HB937 (Fletcher, R, A+)Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.
Impact: This is a "campus-carry" bill that allows CHLs to carry everywhere on campus, with some limitations.
Position on Bill:  Support this Bill that is critical to student safety.
Companion Bill: 
SB11
Status: 
Filed 1/26/2015; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/5/15; public hearing scheduled for 8:00am on 3/17/15 and left pending; 2nd hearing 3/31/15 and referred favorably as substituted; in Calendars 4/15/15; considered in Calendars 5/7/15.

HB989 (Frullo):  Relating to defenses and exceptions to the prosecution of the criminal offense of the possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of certain prohibited explosive weapons, firearms, and related items. 
Impact:  Makes the lack of NFA registration or designation as a "curio" an element of the crime, rather than a defense to prosecution.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Companion:  SB473 by Perry.
Status:
  Filed 1/28/15; to Criminal Jurisprudence 3/2/15; hearing on 3/18/15; voted favorably without amendment 4/8/15; in Calendars 4/15/15; considered in Calendars 5/7/15; 2nd reading 5/6/15 - postponed; companion SB473 considered in lieu of HB989.

HB1154 (Leach):  Relating to the issuance of a concealed handgun license.
Impact:  Requires DPS to issue a temporary CHL immediately upon application, to be good until the permanent CHL is issued.
Position on Bill:  Neutral.
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/3/15.
Analysis & Comment:  This Bill could be valuable to people who apply for a CHL because of a serious and immediate threat to their safety.  However, it also risks the NICS exemption for a Texas CHL.  If BATFE is willing to exempt a regular CHL but not a temporary one, then this would be a good bill.

HB1179 Geren, R, A):  Relating to the duties of certain law enforcement officials under procedures regulating the making or transfer of firearms.
Impact:  Requires a chief law enforcement officer to sign an ATF form, or provide specific reasons to the applicant as to why he/she cannot sign.  The denial is appealable in district court and an applicant who successfully appeals must be awarded court costs and reasonable attorney fees.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Companion:  SB476 by Kolkhorst.
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/3/15; public hearing 3/10/15; voted favorably from committee 3/11/15; to Calendars 3/13/15; considered in Calendars 4/23/15.

HB1509 (Sheets): Relating to the prosecution of the offense of unlawful carrying of weapons.
Impact:  Allows a non-CHL to possess handguns on private property, motor vehicles or boats that below to other persons, if the owner gives permission.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Companion:  SB439 by Hall.
Status: Filed 2/17/15; to Homeland Security & Public Safety 3/10/15; hearing on 3/24/15; voted favorably without amendments 3/26/15; in Calendars 4/2/15; considered in Calendars 4/28/15.

HB1627 (Coleman, D, F-):  Relating to the use of deadly force in defense of a person or property.
Impact:  Reestablishes a retreat duty everywhere outside one's home; makes it unlawful to use deadly force to prevent robbery or aggravated robbery.
Position on Bill:  Oppose this terrible Bill.
Status:  Filed 2/19/15l to Criminal Jurisprudence 3/9/15; hearing on 3/18/15 and left pending.

HB1649 (Turner, R, A):  Relating to the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition in private vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
Impact:  Allows all students to have firearms and ammunition in their personal vehicles on campus, not just those with a CHL.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Filed 2/19/15.  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/9/15; hearing on 4/7/15; govered favorably 4/14/15; in Calendars 4/17/15; considered in Calendars 5/11/15.

HB1651 (Turner, R, A):  Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a secured handgun; creating a criminal offense; providing penalties.
Impact:  Licensed open-carry bill with good language regarding holsters and other retention devices.
Position on Bill:   Support.
Status:  Filed 2/19/15.  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/9/15.

HB1737 (Fallon, R):  Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Impact:  See above.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Filed 2/20/15; in Ways & Means 3/15/15.

HB1751 (Simpson): Relating to the execution or enforcement of federal laws that violate the Bill of Rights of the Texas Constitution.
Impact: Would prohibit employees of the State or local agencies from aiding in the enforcement of certain federal gun laws.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 2/20/15; referred to Select Committee on State and Federal Power & Responsibility 3/13/15; public hearing 4/30/15, left pending.

HB2190 (Anchia, D):  Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows; authorizing a fee.
Impact:  Another "gun show" bill to require all sales to undergo a background check.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Companion:  Similar to SB258 by F-Rated Sen. Ellis.
Status:
  Filed and referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/12/15.

HB2269 (Metcalf): Relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee; creating an offense.
Impact: Creates an offense for Texas law enforcement officer seizing firearms pursuant to certain federal laws.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 3/3/15; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/13/15; public hearing 3/31/15; referee favorably as substituted 4/14/15; in Calendars 4/21/15; on House Calendar 5/13/15.

HB2359 (Bohac): Relating to prohibiting the Department of Public Safety from responding to bulk requests from the federal government for lists of individuals licensed to carry a concealed handgun; creating a criminal offense.
Impact: Prohibits the disclose of a bulk list of information concerning CHL’s.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 3/4/15; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/13/15; public hearing 4/7/15; referred favorably as substituted 5/5/15; in Calendars 5/8/15; on House Calendar 5/13/15.

HB2373 (Dutton, D, F): Relating to the creation of a task force to conduct a study and develop recommendations to alleviate the incidence of gun violence in this state.
Impact:  The Bill would create a sham of a "tack force" to studey so-called "gun violence" in Texas and make recommendations.  The required make-up is tacked with anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment hacks.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Filed 3/4/15; in Homeland Security & Public Safety 3/17/15.

HB2445 (White, James):  Relating to conduct that constitutes the offense of displaying a firearm in a public place.
Impact:
  Repeals Tex. Penal Code §42.01(a)(8) that creates an offence for displaying a firearm in a certain manner.  This provision has been abused.
Position on Bill:  Support
Status:  Filed 3/4/15; Homeland Security & Public Safety 3/16/15; hearing 4/21/15 and left pending.

HB2405 (Nevarez, D, F):  Relating to the notice given by a property owner prohibiting a concealed handgun license holder from carrying a handgun on certain property.
Impact:  Guts Tex. Penal Code §30.06 by repealing the requirements for specific wording and size of §30.06 signs.
Position on Bill:  Oppose this terrible Bill!
Status:  Filed 3/5/15; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/13; set for public hearing 4/7/15 and left pending. 

HB2625 (Tinderholt):  Relating to a waiver of concealed handgun license renewal fees for qualified handgun instructors.
Impact:  Removes the fee for obtaining or renewing a CHL for CHL Instructors.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Filed 3/9/15; Homeland Security & Public Safety 3/16/15.

HB2918 (Villaba):  Relating to the prosecution of the offense of interference with public duties; increasing a penalty.
Impact:  The Bill would make recording of a peace officer performing his duty or exercising his authority a Class B misdemeanor, if done within 25 feet of the officer.  It becomes a Class A misdemeanor for a CHL to do so within 100 feet of the officer, if the CHL is armed.  It is a defense to prosecution that the person recording is a member of the media as defined in the Bill.
Position on Bill:  Oppose this terrible Bill.
Status:  Filed 3/10/15; in Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement 3/18/15; hearing 3/26/15, no action.
Analysis & Comment: This Bill is undoubtedly the result of Kory Watkins' COP Watch activities, but it is grossly overboard and unconstitutional.  It would even apply to a CHL who was stopped on traffic and using a dash camera or body camera, or video recording by any other person in the driver's vehicle.

HB2999 (Landgraf):   Relating to restrictive covenants regarding firearms or firearms ammunition.
Impact: Prevents inclusion and/or enforcement of real property covenants or HOA rules that regulate firearms or ammo, or discharge of same.
Position on Bill: Support.
Status: Filed 3/11/15; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/24/15; public hearing 4/7/15; referred favorably as substituted 4/14/15; in Calendars 5/6/15; on House General Calendar 5/12/15.

HB4061(James White, R):   Relating to the regulation of firearms, air guns, ammunition, and firearm and air gun supplies; imposing a civil penalty.
Impact: Expands state preemption statute by providing a cause of action for declaratory relief.
Position on Bill: Support
Status: Filed 3/13/15; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/24/15; public hearing 4/14/15; referred favorably as substituted 4/16/15; in Calendars 4/21/15.

 

SENATE BILLS

SB11 (Birdwell, R, A+):  Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.
Impact: This is a "campus-carry" bill that allows CHLs to carry everywhere on campus, with some limitations.
Position on Bill:  Support this Bill that is critical to student safety.
Companion Bill:  HB937
Status:
  Referred to State Affairs Committee; public hearing 2/12/12 at 9:00am - Voted favorably 7-0 with 1 amendment; on Intent Calendar for 2/23/15; passed 3/19/15; in House 3/15/15; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 5/5/15; Senate refused to concur 5/28/15, Conference Committee Report adopted by Senate 5/30/15 and by House 5/31/15; to teh Governor 6/1/15.

SB17 (Estes, R, A+):  Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun; creating a criminal offense; providing penalties.
Impact:  Removes the requirement for a CHL to conceal their handgun.  It preserves the application of TPC §30.06 only to concealed handguns and creates an entirely new TPC §30.07 applicable only to openly carried handguns.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Companion:  Replaces HB346; HB910 - Identical.
Status:  Referred to State Affairs Committee; public hearing 2/12/12 at 9:00am - Voted favorably 7-0 with 1 amendment; on Senate Calendar for 3/16/15; [assed 3/17/15; in House 3/18/15; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 5/5/15..

SB124 (West, D)   Relating to certain criminal offenses concerning the unlawful transfer or purchase of certain weapons.
Impact:
  Expands the scope of Tex. Penal Code §46.06 to certain purchases of firearms making it unlawful to purchase with intent to transfer under certain vague and ambiguous circumstances.  This is a classic Sen. Royce West anti-gun, anti-gun owner bill.  It is intentionally vague so as to be a trap for unsuspecting persons.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status: Referred to Criminal Justice Committee 1/27/15.

SB179 (Perry) Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.
Companion Bill:  HB284 by Rep. Springer
Impact:
  Sets the minimum caliber for CHL qualification to .22.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Referred to State Affairs Committee 1/27/15.  Public hearing set for 9:00am on 3/2/15.  Voted favorably from Committee 3/9/15; passed 3/24/15; in House 3/25/15; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 5/5/15; public hearing and reported favorably 5/8/15.

SB228 (Creighton) Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Impact:  Creates a sales tax free day for purchasing firearms and hunting supplies.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Companion:  HB206
Status: Filed 12/5/14; to Finance Committee 1/28/15; hearing 4/21/15; passed 4/30/15; in House 4/30/15; referred to Ways & Means Committee 5/4/15; scheduled for public hearing and withdrawn on 5/12/15.

SB229 (Creighton)  Relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee; providing penalties.
Impact:  Creates an offence for any employee of a Texas governmental agency seizing a firearm under federal law, with exceptions.
Position on Bill:  Neutral
Status: Referred to State Affairs Committee 1/28/15.

SB256 (Ellis, D, F):  Relating to creating an offense for the unlawful possession or transfer of a large-capacity magazine. 
Impact:  Makes it unlawful to possess, sell or manufacture magazines that hole more than 20 rounds.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status: Referred to State Affairs Committee 1/28/15.

SB257 (Ellis, D, F):  Relating to the reporting of a lost or stolen firearm; providing criminal penalties. 
Impact:  1)  It creates an offense if a person is the victim of a theft or loss of their firearm and the theft/loss if not reported to a law enforcement agency within 48 hours.  2) It requires reports of all stolen/lost firearms be made to DPS and that DPS conduct vague reporting and analysis.
Position on Bill:  Oppose this terrible Bill!
Status:  Filed 12/19/14; to State Affairs Committee 1/28/15.
Analysis & CommentThis is vintage Sen. Ellis anti-gun garbage.  This absurd Bill would transform victims into criminals when they fail to report a theft within 48 hours of the theft, even when they didn't know it has occurred.  It also places an unreasonable burden on DPS to collect, analyze and report data that will not serve to prevent crime.  Sen. Ellis has never seen an anti-gun law he didn't love or a gun owner he didn't hate.

SB258 (Ellis, D, F)  Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows. 
Impact:  Requires background checks on all sales at gun shows, including parking lots.
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Filed 12/19/14; to Start Affairs Committee 1/28/15.
Analysis & Comment: This is vintage Rodney Ellis anti-gun garbage.  It would not only require background checks at gun shows, in violation of federal law limiting access to the NICS database, it would require recordkeeping by individuals, 30 day prior notice to law enforcement and local government officials.  Sen. Rodney Ellis has never filed a gun bill to help expand Second Amendment rights, but he does not hesitate to file anti-gun bills that are unnecessary and burdensome.

SB259 (Ellis, D, F)  Relating to criminal history background checks in connection with firearm transfers; creating offenses.
Impact:  Makes the Texas DPS the Point of Contact (POC) for all firearms transfers
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
Status:  Referred to State Affairs Committee 1/28/15.
Analysis & Comment:  This Bill would require the Texas DPS to start handing all NICS background checks instead of the BATFE/FBI.  In addition to othe onerous provisions, it would create a huge increase the DPS workload for absolutely no reason.  Undoubtedly, it would result in delays in approvals simply because DPS would not be sufficiently funded to handle the workload.

SB273 (Campbell, R, A+):  Relating to certain offenses relating to carrying concealed handguns on property owned or leased by a governmental entity; providing a civil penalty.
Impact: 
Creats a civil penalty for local governments and agencies that post unenforceable 30.06 signs.
Position on Bill:  Support, but demand amendment to allow for private causes of action.
Companion: 
HB226 - Identical.
Status: 
Referred to State Affairs Committee 1/28/15.  Public hearing set for 9:00am on 3/2/15.  Voted favorably from Committee, as substituted 3/9/15; passed 3/18/15; in House 3/18/15; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 5/1/15; voted favorably without amendment 5/5/15; in Calendars 5/8/15; passed House 5/22/15; to Governor 5/26/15.

SB301 (Taylor): Relating to school marshals for private schools.
Impact:  Allows private schools to have school marshalls.  Also removes the requirement that a marshall be an employee of the school.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Referred to Education Committee 2/2/15.

SB311 (Campbell, R, A+):  Relating to certain offenses involving the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders and to defenses and exceptions to the prosecution of those offenses.
Impact:  Removes public hospitals and nursing homes from the statutorily off-limits list.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Referred to State Affairs Committee 2/2/15.

SB438 (Hall, Bob, R, A):  Relating to prohibiting public funds from being used to enforce certain federal or international laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
Impact:  Prohibits the sue of public funds to enforce certain federal gun laws.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Status:  Referred to State Affairs Committee 2/9/15.

SB439 (Hall, R, A):  Relating to the prosecution of the offense of unlawful carrying of weapons.
Impact:  Allows a non-CHL to possess handguns on private property, motor vehicles or boats that below to other persons, if the owner gives permission.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Companion:  HB1509 by Sheets.
Status: Referred to State Affaris Committee 2/9/15.

SB342 (Huffines):  Relating to providing for the open and concealed carrying of handguns without a license and to related offenses and penalties.
Impact:  Would allow the carrying of handguns openly or concealed without the need to obtain a license.  Guts TPC §30.06 and applies it to both open and concealed carry.
Position on Bill:  Oppose this terrible Bill.
Status:  Filed 1/23/2015.

SB343 (Huffines):  Relating to the conformity of local law with state law.
Impact:  When state law addresses an issue, this bill would prohibit local governments from enacting regulations that conflict or are more restrictive than state law.
Position on Bill:  Support this excellent and greatly needed bill!
Status:  Referred to State Affairs Committee 2/2/15.
Analysis & Comment:  Cities are notorious for passing city ordnances or other regulations that either conflict with state law, are more restrictive than state law, or that prohibits actions that the legislature has rejected.  This would apply to firearms, cell phone usage, and countless other activities.

SB346 (Estes, R, A+):
  Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun; creating a criminal offense; providing penalties.
Impact:  Removes the requirement for a CHL to conceal their handgun.  It preserves the application of TPC §30.06 only to concealed handguns and creates an entirely new TPC §30.07 applicable only to openly carried handguns.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Companion:  HB910 - Identical.
Status:  Filed 1/28/2015; to State Affairs Committee 2/2/15.

SB473 (Perry, R):  Relating to defenses and exceptions to the prosecution of the criminal offense of the possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of certain prohibited explosive weapons, firearms, and related items. 
Impact:  Makes the lack of NFA registration or designation as a "curio" an element of the crime, rather than a defense to prosecution.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Companion:  HB989 by Frullo.
Status:
  Referred to State Affairs Committee 2/10/15; hearing 4/13/15; passed 4/20/15; in House 4/21/15; referred to Criminal Jurisprudence 4/30/15; voted favorably without amendment 5/4/15; on House Calendar 5/8/15; final passage 5/11/15.

SB476 (Kolkhorst, R):  Relating to the duties of certain law enforcement officials under procedures regulating the making or transfer of firearms.
Impact:  Requires a chief law enforcement officer to sign an ATF form, or provide specific reasons to the applicant as to why he/she cannot sign.  The denial is appealable in district court and an applicant who successfully appeals must be awarded court costs and reasonable attorney fees.
Position on Bill:  Support.
Companion:  HB1179 by Geren.
Status:  Referred to State Affairs Committee 2/10/15; public hearing 3/10/15; voted favorably without amendment 4/14/15; passed 4/22/15; in House 4/22/15; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 5/5/15; voted favorably without amendment 5/5/15; in Calendars 5/7/15.

SB717 (Hall, Bob, R, A):  Relating to the issuance of a concealed handgun license.
Impact:  Requires DPS to issue a temporary CHL immediately upon application, to be good until the permanent CHL is issued.
Position on Bill:  Neutral.
Status:  Referred to State Affairs Committee 3/2/15.
Companion:  HB1154 by Turner, Scott - Identical.
Analysis & Comment:  This Bill could be valuable to people who apply for a CHL because of a serious and immediate threat to their safety.  However, it also risks the NICS exemption for a Texas CHL.  If BATFE is willing to exempt a regular CHL but not a temporary one, then this would be a good bill.

Constitutional Amendments:

HJR56 - Proposing a constitutional amendment to remove legislative authority to regulate the wearing of arms. Left pending in Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee.

HJR61 - Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.  Died in Calendars Committee, but SJR22 was adopted.

SJR22 - Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.  Hearing in Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs Committee at 2:00pm or 30 min. after adjournment 3/16/15.  Passed 5/20/15.

2013 Bill Status Report

House Bills:

HB47 (Flynn, R, A+):  Relating to a handgun proficiency course that is taken to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license. 
Impact: Reduces the initial CHL class from minimum 10 hours to 4 hours.

Status:  Laid on table for companion SB864.  Final passage of SB864 on 5/6/13
Position on Bill:  Support - Very good bill!

HB48 (Flynn, R, A+):  Relating to the procedure under which a person may renew a license to carry a concealed handgun. 
Impact: 1) Removes the requirement to take a renewal course to renew a CHL; 2) Allows a person to continue to carry a handgun in Texas on an expired CHL, if a) they timely filed the required renewal documents; b) paid the renewal fee; and c) have not been notified by DPS that the renewal application was denied.  

Status:  Final passage 5/21/13.
Position on Bill: Support - Very good bill!

HB153 (Taylor);  Relating to the definition of intoxicated for purposes of certain weapons offenses. 
Impact:  Redefines "intoxication" for some firearms related offenses, including CHL holders.

Status: Died on House General Calendar.  
Position on Bill: Neutral.
 

HB158 (Taylor)  Relating to the designation on a person's driver's license or commercial driver's license that the person is licensed to carry a concealed handgun. 
Impact:  Gives CHL holders the option to have their status as a CHL holder added to their Texas Driver's License, for a fee.

Status:  Died in committee.
Position on Bill: Support with amendments - Nice option, but implementation could be problematic.

HB164 (Dutton, D, F): 
Relating to abolishing the death penalty. 
Impact:  Abolishes the death penalty in capital murder cases.
Status: Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 2/7/13; Died in committee..  
Position on Bill: Oppose - Horrible bill!


HB223 (Huberty):  Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain persons attending a school board meeting. 
Impact:  Allows school board members and school superintendents attending official school board meetings to carry handguns if they have a CHL

Status: Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/21/13; Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Neutral. 

HB333 (Guillen):  Relating to requiring notice of a hotel's firearms policy; providing a civil penalty
Impact:  Requires hotels wishing to ban firearms from their property to meet certain notice requirements when a guest books reservation either online or by phone.  A potential unintended consequence is that it makes it easy to include TPC §30.06 language in the reservation documents/process. 
Status:  Final passage 5/17/13.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB366:  (Martinez, Armando, D)Relating to the dissemination, retention, and use of criminal history record information and fingerprints to and by state agencies for employment, contracting, or licensing or other purposes.
Impact:  Allows non-criminal fingerprints obtained by the DPS for any licensing purpose to be used for other state licenses requiring fingerprints.  Prevents Texans from having to obtain digital fingerprints multiple times.
Status:  Referred to Government Efficiency & Reform Committee 2/11/13; Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB383 (Burnam, D, F):  Relating to the recognition and validity of a license to carry a concealed handgun issued by another state.  
Impact:  Requires Texas "domiciles" to have a Texas CHL to carry a handgun in Texas. 

Status:  Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/21/13' Died in committee.  
Position on Bill:  Oppose; unnecessary bill by F-rated long time anti-gunner.

HB452 (Dukes, D, F)Relating to the punishment prescribed for engaging in certain acts of deadly conduct
Impact:
  Creates new offense and increases penalties for existing offense. 

Status:  Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 2/11/13; Died in committee.
Position on bill:  Oppose.
Duplicates existing law and unnecessarily increases penalties for offenses that do not cause injury or property damage.

HB471 (Allen, Alma, D, F)Relating to corporal punishment in public schools.
Impact:  Prohibits the use of corporal punishment on students in primary and secondary schools.

Status:  Referred to Public Education Committee 2/13/13; Died in committee. .
Position on bill:  Oppose, terrible bill.

Note:  This bill is not directly related to firearms or their usage and it is rare to take a position on such a  bill.  However, the likelihood of a law-abiding Texan being required to use a firearm in self-defense is directly related to the crime rate which is impacted, in large part, by the lack respect for others and lack of discipline children learn during formative years.  Behavior problems and violence in schools that use corporal punishment as an option is lower than in major school districts like Houston I.S.D. and Dallas I.S.D. where corporal punishment have been prohibited by their respective school boards.   This is F-rated Alma Allen's latest attempt to neuter schools and teachers ability to control and teach students and this has a direct impact on the crime rate in Texas.

HB485 (David, Sarah):  Relating to the amount of the fee paid by certain peace officers and veterans of the United States armed forces for a license to carry a concealed handgun.
Impact:  Reduces the CHL fee for new and renewal licenses to $25 for veterans discharged more than one year prior to application. 
Status:  Final passage 5/21/13.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB507 (Guillen, D, A+): Relating to the discharge of a firearm across the property line of an educational facility; providing criminal penalties
Impact:  Creates a strict liability crime if a round fired from a firearm crosses school property, even if the person shooting had no idea a school was present, or if the round ricocheted multiple times. 
Status:  Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee; Died in committee.  
Position on Bill:  Oppose, very bad bill.

HB508 (Guillen, D, A+): Relating to certain laws relating to carrying concealed handguns on property owned or leased by a governmental entity; creating an offense. 
Impact:   Undetermined.
Status:  Hearing in Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 3/19/13.passed House 5/6/13; passed Senate 5/20/13 w/amendments; in House 5/20/13.  Died on the House Floor 5/26/13.
Position on Bill:  Support; excellent bill.

HB534 (Kleinschmidt, R, A+):  Relating to the punishment for the offense of resisting arrest, search, or transportation.
Impact:  Increases the penalty for resisting arrest, search or transportation [by peace officer], if the person has previously been convicted or received deferred adjudication for that offense.
Status:  Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 2/13/13; Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Oppose as written; support if deferred adjudication is removed .
Note:  TFC does not oppose increasing penalties for persons previously convicted of the same offense.  However, deferred adjudications are not convictions and they should not be treated as such for this offense, or for CHL eligibility.

HB553 (Otto):  Relating to firearms and the preservation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution; providing penalties
Impact:  Creates an offense for a Texas peace officer attempting to enforce certain federal laws, regulations or Presidential executive orders.  Also creates an offense for federal agents and employees attempting enforce such laws, regulations and executive orders. 
Status:  Hearing - Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 3/13/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB572 (Issac, R A+):  Relating to the issuance to veterans of specially marked licenses to carry a concealed handgun and specially marked personal identification certificates.
Impact:  Gives military veterans the option to have "Veteran" displayed on their Concealed Handgun License and other personal identification.
StatusStatus:  Hearing in Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility Committee on 2/28/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB627 (Krause, Matt (R):  Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
Impact:  Purports to exempt most firearms manufactured and sold in Texas from federal laws.  It also requires the Texas Attorney General to defend any Texan prosecuted by federal authorities for violating federal statues impacted by this bill. 

Status:  Hearing - Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 3/13/13;  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support.  It amounts to nothing more than a statement of position, but it's a good statement.  Having the AG defend a Texan certainly adds something to the mix.

HB663 (Gonzales, Larry, R):  
Impact:  Extends the expiration date for military personnel deployed outside the U.S. until their 1st birthday after returning home.
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/18/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Undetermined.  Well-intended bill that could result in unintended consequences causing the loss of NICS exemption - Investigation underway.

HB698 (Springer, R)Relating to the use of digital or electronic fingerprinting for an application for a license to carry a concealed handgun.
Impact:  Limits the DPS requirement for CHL applicants to use digital fingerprints only if a facility to "roll" digital prints is available no more than 25 miles from the applicant's residence.
Status:  Final passage 5/21/13.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB700 (Lavender, R):  Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
Impact:  Legalizes openly carrying handguns by persons holding a Texas Concealed Handgun License.
Status:  Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee. Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support the committee substitute.

Special Note:  Rep. Lavender did not want the bill written as it was drafted by legislative counsel.  He will file a committee substitute that removes any amendments to Tex. Penal Code §30.06 and that may or may not create a similar section for open-carry.  If this substitute is filed and if it removes all amendments to Section 30.06, then the TFC position on this bill will be changed to "Support" while watching closely for anti-gun amendments that could change our position on this bill.

HB706 (Capriglione, R):  Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with schools or institutions of higher education.
Impact:  "Campus-carry" bill. that prohibits public and private colleges and universities from prohibiting the carrying of handguns anywhere on campus by persons holding a Texas Concealed Handgun License.  It would not apply to out-of-state licenses.
Status:  Hearing -  Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/14/13.  Died in Cimmittee .
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB801 (Munoz, Sergio, D)Relating to the discharge of a firearm across the property line of a school; providing criminal penalties.
Impact:  Creates a strict liability crime if a round fired from a firearm crosses school property, even if the person shooting had no idea a school was present, or if the round ricocheted multiple times.
Status:  Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/28/13.   Passed House 5/6/13;  Died in Senate Committee.
Position on Bill:  Oppose, very bad bill.  (Very similar to HB507, also a very bad bill.)

HB872 (Laubengerg, R):  Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
Impact:  Similar to HB627 purporting to exempt firearms manufactured and sold in Texas from federal laws.
Status: Hearing -  Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 3/13/13.  Died in Cimmittee.
Position on Bill:  Support.  It amounts to nothing more than a statement of position, but it's a good statement.

HB 928 (Krause, R): Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
Impact:
Status: Passed House 5/7/13; on Senate Intent Calendar 5/22/13; died in Senate Calendar .
Position on Bill:  Support.  It amounts to nothing more than a statement of position, but it's a good statement.

HB 936 (Dutton, D, F):  Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to a switchblade knife.
Impact:  Removes prohibition of possession, manufacturing, etc. of switchblade knives, but makes it illegal to carry them in locations set out in Tex. Penal Code §46.035.
Status: Committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence 2/19/13; died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB972 (Fletcher): Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.
Impact:  Establishes campus-carry for colleges and universities for CHL's.
Status:  Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/14/13; Passed House 5/6/13; on  Senate Intent Calendar 5/22/13; died on Senate Intent Calendar.
Companion Bill:  SB182 by Birdwell.

Position on Bill:  Support, very good bill.

HB 1009 (Villalba, R):Relating to the creation of a new category of law enforcement officer who shall be designated a school marshal.
Impact:  Creates a "school marshal" quasi-peace officer, but only school employees qualify and with special training every two years.

Status:   Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee; final passage 5/22/13.
Position on Bill:  Oppose, bill is too restrictive.
NOTE:  As written, this bill is too restrictive because it precludes volunteers, requires additional training every two years (in addition to being a CHL), and places the cost on teachers and other school employees.  Well-intended bill, but overall a poor bill.

HB 1030 (Burnam, D F-): Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to prohibit the sale of firearms on public property in certain circumstances.
Impact:  Allows cities and counties to prohibit the sale of firearms on government owned or controlled property, except at permanent retain gun shops.  The intent is to allow the prohibition of gun shows.

Status: Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee  2/21/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Oppose, very bad bill and typical of F-Rated Lon Burnam.

HB 1049 (Laubenberg, R): Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
Impact:
Status: Hearing - Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 3/13/13 .   Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support.  It amounts to nothing more than a statement of position, but it's a good statement.

HB 1051 (Keffer, R): Relating to the application of certain concealed handgun license laws to United States attorneys and assistant United States attorneys and to the authority of those attorneys to carry certain weapons.
Impact:  Provides special treatment for U.S. Attorneys concerning Concealed Handgun Licensing, giving them the same status as Texas judges, etc.
Status: Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/21/13.  Died in Committee.
Position on Bill:  Neutral.

HB 1076 (Toth, R):Relating to certain firearms, firearm accessories and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
Impact:
Status:   Passed House 5/6/13; died on Senate Intent Calendar.
Position on Bill:  Support.  It amounts to nothing more than a statement of position, but it's a good statement.

HB 1077 (Kleinschmidt, R, A+): Relating to the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition in private vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
Impact: A bill that essentially extends the so-called "employer parking lot bill" to colleges and universities and applies to both employees and students.  That is, they cannot be disciplined, fired, or expelled for having firearms in their locked vehicles.
Status: Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/14/13; laid on table for companion SB1907 5/8/13; SB1907 passed 5/26/13.
Position on Bill:  Support, very good bill.

HB 1078 (Kleinschmidt, R, A+): Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with institutions of higher education.
Impact:  De-criminalizes carrying of a handgun by a Concealed Handgun Licensee anywhere on a college or university campus, including the "premises" as statutorily defined, activity grounds, and transportation vehicles.
Status: Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/14/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support; excellent bill.

HB 1194 (Paddie, R): Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun.
Impact:  Another open-carry bill.
Status: Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/14/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Oppose, very bad bill!
NOTE:  This bill is much like the terrible bill filed in the 2011 Texas Legislative Session that opens massive sections of the Texas Government Code and Penal Code to anti-gun amendments.  It's "relating to" clause is unnecessarily broad which also supports anti-gun amendments.  It also amends Tex. Penal Code §30.06 to apply to both open-carry and concealed-carry meaning any property owner wanting to prohibit open-carry must also prohibit concealed-carry.   This is a horrible bill!  See comments on HB700, another open-carry bill.


HB 1298 (Stickland, R):Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain license holders on certain locations associated with a public or private school or educational institution.
Impact:  Purports to limit the so-called "activity grounds" on which firearms are prohibited.
Status:  Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/14/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support the committee substitute, very good bill!  (CSHB1298)

HB 1299 (Stickland, R): Relating to municipal regulation of electric stun guns, knives, and personal defense sprays.
Impact:  Preempts cities from regulating knives, stun guns, and personal defense sprays, except in secured areas protected by metal detectors. 
Status: Hearing - Urban Affairs Committee 3/13/13.  Died on House General Calendar.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB 1304 (Sheets, R): Relating to the intentional display of a handgun.
Impact:  Amends Tex. Penal Code §46.035(a) such that a person must intentionally "display" (rather than "fail to conceal") a handgun in order to violate that Code provision.  It also amends the defense to "intentional display" set out in Tex. Penal Code §46.035(h) by deleting the word "deadly" bringing it in line with other defenses in Tex. Penal Code Chapter 9, including §9.04.
Status: Laid on table for companion SB299 that passed and was signed by Governor Perry.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB 1313 (Creighton, R): Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with schools or institutions of higher education.
Impact:  This is a comprehensive campus-carry bill that 1) decriminalizes carrying of handguns on the "premises" of colleges and universities, activity grounds and transportation vehicles.  It provides immunity to schools and their employees.
Status: Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/14/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB 1314 (Creighton, R): Relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee.
Impact:  Creates an offense for state or federal law enforcement personnel to seize a firearm under color of federal law; with broad and vague exception.
Status: Passed House 5/6/13; died on Senate Intent Calendar. 
Position on Bill:  Oppose.
NOTE:  This is a well-intended bill, but it's exceptions gut the bill.  Rep. Otto's HB553 is a far superior bill in terms of creating a constitutional criminal offense for a Texas peace officer to aid in enforcing certain federal laws.

HB 1344 (Canales, Terry, D):  Relating to the expunction of arrest records and files relating to certain nonviolent offenses.
Impact:  Provides a mechanism for people who successfully complete a deferred adjudication for nonviolent offenses to have their records expunged.
Status: Hearing - Criminal Jurisprudence 3/19/13; died on House floor when Point-Of-Order was sustained 5/10/13.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB 1349 (Larson, R): Relating to information that may be requested by the Department of Public Safety from a person applying for or renewing a concealed handgun license.
Impact:  Prohibits the Tex. Dept. of Public Safety from requiring the disclosure of an applicant for a Texas Concealed Handgun License to provide their social security number. 
Status:  Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee; passed House 5/6/13; passed Seante w/amendments 5/20/13; in House 5/20/13.
Position on Bill:  Neutral


HB1421 (Perry):  Relating to the disposition of certain seized weapons.
Impact:  Provides a judge the option to order firearms confiscated from criminal defendants or suspects sold at auction by an FFL, rather than requiring them to be destroyed for forfeited to a law enforcement agency.
Status:  Final passage 5/15/13; sent to Governor 5/15/13.
Companion Bill:  SB343 by Estes. 

Position on Bill:  Support.

HB1531 (King, Ken):  Relating to the application of certain weapons laws to certain emergency services personnel licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
Impact:  Allows responding emergency medical personnel with a CHL to carry into otherwise off-limits areas.  Applies only to counties with a population of 50,000 or less.
Status:  Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/21/13.  Died in Committee.
Position on Bill:  Support.

HB1533 (Leach):  Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Impact:  Exempts firearms, ammo and related hunting equipment from state sales tax on March 2nd each year.
Status:  Referred to Ways and Means Committee 2/25/13.  Died in Committee.
Position on Bill:  Support.
 
HB 1747 (Canales): Relating toa packaging notice for new firearms and firearm ammunition; imposing a criminal penalty.
Impact: Requires a lable on all firearms and ammunition sold, shipped to or manufactured in Texas that discloses the maximum distance a bullet will travel.
Status: House Homeland Security and Public Safety.  Died in Committee.
Position on Bill: Oppose. this absurd bill.

NOTE:  Obviously, this is an impossible stadard to meet as no ammo manufacture can provice this information due to the numerous variables that will impact range on any given day for any various firearms.

HB 1872 (Simmons, R): Relating to federal firearm reporting for a person who voluntarily identifies as a person with mental illness.
Impact: If a person reports themselves to law enforcement as having a mental disorder that disqualifies themself from possessing firearms, they must be included in reports to the federal government for inclusion in NICS. It also provides a mechanism for getting off the reporting list.
Status:  House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. Died in Committee..
Position on Bill:  Neutral

HB 1896 (King R): Relating to firearm training and the authority of certain employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school to carry or possess a handgun on certain school premises.
Impact: Creates a requirement for special training for school employees in order to carry firearms on the “premises” of a school.
Status: Hearing - House Homeland Security and Public Safety.  Died in Committee.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
NOTE:  Shools already have the authority to authorize the carrying of firearms and this bill restricts this authority.


HB 2063 (Gooden, R):
Relating to authorizing certain attorneys representing the state to openly carry a handgun.
Impact: Allows certain government attorneys to carry a handgun openly.
Status:   Died in Committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety.

Position on Bill:  Neutral

HB 2147 (Hilderbran, R): Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain county officers and employees in a courthouse.
Impact: Allows certain county employees to carry a handgun in courthouses.
Status: In House Homeland Security and Public Safety.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Neutral

HB 2381 (Isaac, R): Relating to the carrying of a concealed handgun by a license holder on certain premises.
Impact: Makes the “premises” of a school off-limits only during school when students are present. Also makes it clear that “activity grounds” and busses must be owned or controlled by a school to be off-limits.
Status: House Homeland Security and Public Safety.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support this excellent bill!

HB 2407 (Naishtat, D): Relating to restoration of a person's right to purchase a firearm on termination of a guardianship.
Impact: Purports to create a mechanism to be removed from the federal "no buy" NICS list, but the requirements are designed to make it difficult if not impossible to be removed.
Status:  Final passage 5/22/13.
Position on Bill: Oppose this bad bill. .

HB 2535 (Schaefer, R): Relating to the exemption from certain security licensure of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a private primary or secondary school or church or religious organization.
Impact: Allows CHL’s to serve as volunteer security for schools and churches.
Status: House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support  if Section 2 of the Bill is deleted.

 HB 2759 (Anderson,R): Relating to decreasing the fee to apply for or renew a concealed handgun license.
Impact: Reduces the fee for an initial to not more than $95 and limits renewal fee to not more than $70.
Status: Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/18/13. Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support

HB 2860 (Harless, R): Relating to requiring the attorney general to obtain an injunction against a municipality or county that adopts prohibited regulations regarding firearms, ammunition, or firearm supplies.
Impact:Requires the Texas Attorney General to seek a permanent or temporary injunction against any county seeking to regulate sport shooting ranges in violation of the Texas range protection laws.
Status: State Affairs Committee 4/3/13; companion SB987 considered in lieu 4/17/13.  ied in committee, but SB987 passed.
Companions:SB 987 by Hegar
Position on Bill:  Support this excellent bill!

HB 3142 (Bell, R): Relating to handguns used to demonstrate proficiency in handgun use for purposes of obtaining a concealed handgun license.
Impact:  Repeals the SA and NSA categories for handguns in the CHL statute.
Status: Final passage 5/26/13.
Position on Bill:  Support

HB 3143 (Anchia, D): Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows.
Impact: Requires background checks for all sales at gun shows and creates requirements for gun show promoters.
Status: Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee.  Died in Committee.
Position on Bill: Oppose.

HB 3218 (Springer, R):Relating to the places where a person may carry a handgun if the person is licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
Impact: Removes off-limits locations for CHL’s; clarifies that “premises” only apply to portion of buildings.
Status:  Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support this excellent bill.

HB 3219 (Springer, R): Relating to the places where an elected official who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun may carry a concealed handgun.
Impact: Adds “elected officials” to the list of people who have a defense to a charge under Tex. Penal Code Sections 46.02, 46.02, and 46.035(b)
Status:  Hearing - Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 4/18/13Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Neutral

HB 3267 (Creighton, R): Relating to unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.
Impact: Creates an offense for an illegal alien to possess firearms.
Status: Referred to State Affairs Committee 3/25/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support

HB 3278 (Gonzalez, D): Relating to the collection and enforcement of sales and use taxes on imported firearms.
Impact: Requires a Texas FFL to collect sales tax on the purchase price of a firearm purchased outside Texas.
Status: Hearing - Ways & Means Committee 4/22/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill: Oppose.

HB 3288 (Davis, D): Relating to drug testing of a person seeking to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.
Impact: Requires drug testing to obtain or renew a CHL.
Status: Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee. Died in committee.
Position on Bill: Oppose this absurd and insulting bill.

HB3347 (Rodruguez, D): Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows.
Impact: Requires background checks for all sales at gun shows and creates requirements for gun show promoters.
Status:  Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/19/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill: Oppose.

HB3772 (Coleman, D, F): Relating to criminal history background checks in connection with firearm transfers; creating offenses.
Impact: Makes Tex. Dept. of Public Safety the Point of Contact for all firearm transfers. It also creates various offenses duplicating or expanding current federal law.
Status: Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 3/19/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill: Oppose.

HJR 113 (Ashby, R): Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt and fish in accordance with state law.
Impact:  Adds a right to hunt and fish to the Texas Constitution, while protecting private property rights and allowing for game management.
Status: Filed 3/5/13 Hearing - Referred to Cultural, Recreation & Tourism 3/27/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill:  Support.


Senate Bills:

SB11 (Nelson, R, A):  Relating to the administration and operation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. 
Impact:   Prohibits funds received as Temporary Aid To Needy Families from being used to purchase firearms.

Status:  Health & Human Services Committee.  Passed Senate 4/10/13; died on House General Calendar
Position on Bill: Neutral.

SB17 (Patrick, R, A):  Relating to the training in school safety of certain employees of a school district or an open-enrollment charter school authorized to carry a concealed handgun on school premises.
Impact:  Establishes a voluntary DPS run training program for school employees who hold a CHL.  It does not limit a school's authority to allow any person to carry a firearm on the school "premises."
Status:  Final passage 5/25/13.
Position on Bill:  Support.

SB164 (Van de Putte):  Relating to the issuance to veterans of specially marked licenses to carry a concealed handgun and specially marked personal identification certificates
Impact:  Allows veterans to have "Veteran" imprinted on their CHL and other ID.
Status:  Veterans Affairs/Military Installations Committee; final passage 5/20/13.
Companion Bill:  SB572 by Isaac.
Position on bill:  Neutral.

SB182 (Birdwell):  Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education
Impact: Establishes campus-carry for colleges and universities for CHL's.  
Status:  Referred to Criminal Justice Committee 1/29/13Died in committee.
Companion Bill:  HB972 by Fletcher.
Position on Bill:  Support, very good bill.

SB231 (Carona, R):  Relating to the applicability of certain concealed handgun laws to certain associate judges.
Impact:  Extends the current CHL class hour exemptions and limited course requirement to available to certain judges to more judges.

Status:  Criminal Justice Committee 3/12/13; Passed the Senate 3/27/13; died in House Calendars.  (Provisions added to HB508.)
Position on bill:  Neutral.

SB299 (Estes, R, A+):  Relating to the unintentional display of a weapon by a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
Impact:  Clarifies that unintentional or accidental exposure of a handgun by a person holding a Texas Concealed Handgun License (or a recognized license from another state) is not an offense.
Status:  Final passage 5/7/13; signed by Gov. Perry 5/18/13.
Position on Bill:  Support, excellent bill!

SB343 (Estes, R, A+):  Relating to the disposition of certain seized weapons.
Impact:  Provides a judge the option to order firearms confiscated from criminal defendants or suspects sold at auction by an FFL, rather than requiring them to be destroyed for forfeited to a law enforcement agency.
Status:  Referred to Criminal Justice Committee 2/5/13 Died in committee.
Companion Bill:  HB1421 by Perry.
Position on Bill:  Support, good bill .

SB481 (Hinojosa):  Relating to the recognition and validity of a license to carry a concealed handgun issued by another state.
Impact:  Requires Texas "domiciles" to have a Texas CHL to carry a handgun in Texas.
Status:  Hearing - Criminal Justice Committee 3/26/13; reported favorably 4/10/13; placed on Intent Calendar 4/15/13 (not voted); placed on Intent Calendar 4/22/13.  Died after failing to get 21 votes to suspend the Senate rules.
Companion Bill:  HB383 by Burnam.
Position on Bill:  Oppose; unnecessary bill.

SB707 (Paxton): Relating to the definition of intoxicated for purposes of certain weapons offenses.
Impact:  Redefines "intoxication" for some firearms related offenses, including CHL holders.
Status:  Referred to Criminal Justice Committee on 2/25/13.    Died in committee.
Companion Bill:  HB153
Position on Bill:  Support, good bill .

SB858 (Deuell, R, A+):  Relating to the number of classroom hours required in a handgun proficiency course that is taken to obtain a concealed handgun license.
Impact:  Reduces the CHL class from 10 to 15 hours to 4 to 6 hours.
Status:  Referred to Criminan Justice Committee 3/5/13.    Died in committee.  However, SB864 passed.
Position on Bill:  Support, good bill.

SB864 (Campbell, R, A)Relating to a handgun proficiency course that is taken to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.
Impact:  Reduces the CHL class from 10 to 15 hours to 4 to 6 hours.
Status:  Final passage 5/9/13.
Companion Bill:  HB 47 (Not identical but very similar.)
Position on Bill:  Support, good bill.

SB987   (Hegar, R, A+) Relating to requiring the attorney general to obtain an injunction against a municipality or county that adopts prohibited regulations regarding firearms, ammunition, or firearm supplies.]
Impact: Requires the Texas Attorney General to seek a permanent or temporary injunction against any county seeking to regulate sport shooting ranges in violation of the Texas range protection laws.
Companions: HB 2860
Status: Final passage 5/22/13.

Position on Bill:  Support
NOTE:  Amended to change "shall" to "may" severly damaging the bill.

SB 1025 (Seliger, R): Relating to the offense of the carrying of a handgun by a concealed handgun license holder at certain meetings of a governmental entity.
Impact: Requires written authorization for an armed CHL to attend a governmental meeting.
Staus: Criminal Justice Committee.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill: Oppose.
NOTE:   It is believed that this bill was filed with the intent to authorize persons to carry at meetings of governmental entities, but the author didn’t understand that TPC §46.035(i) essentially makes it lawful now.

SB 1161 (Hancock, R): Relating to the creation of a new category of law enforcement officer who shall be designated a school marshal.
Impact:
Creates a "school marshal" quasi-peace officer, but only school employees qualify and with special training every two years.
Status: Education Committee.  Died in committee.
Companions:  HB 1009
Position on Bill: Oppose - too restrictive.
NOTE:  As written, this bill is too restrictive because it precludes volunteers, requires additional training every two years (in addition to being a CHL), and places the cost on teachers and other school employees.  Well-intended bill, but overall a poor bill.

SB 1189 (Huffman, R): Relating to the disposition of certain firearms seized by a law enforcement agency..
Impact: Establishes a procedure for gun owners or their designee to recover firearms seized from someone taken into custody on an emergency mental health warrant.
Companions:  HB 3673
Status: Final passage 5/21/13.
Position on Bill: Support.  The amended bill is very good.
NOTE:  A bill was written by Charles Cotton in conjunction with ranking officer from the Houston and Friendswood Police Departments and an attorney from HPD.  SB1189 in its as-filed form bears little resemblance to the bill we drated over several months.  A committee substitute has been proposed, and although much better, it contains a requirement for a gun owner to make a petition to a court to recover their own property.  Strongly oppose this bill unless that provision is stricken from the bill and all other aspects of the bill are retuned to the form drafted by the ad hoc task force.  UPDATE: The Bill was amended is now very good. 

SB 1324 (Seliger, R): Relating to the authority to organize volunteer safety groups at churches, synagogues, and other places of religious worship.
Impact: Creates an exception to the requirement to have a security officer’s certification when serving with a school or church security group.
Status: Referred to Criminal Justice 3/13/13.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill: Support very good amended bill .
NOTE:  Support if amended to remove amendment to TPC §46.035(b)(6_.  UPDATE:  Bill was amended.

SB 1348 (West, D): Relating to certain criminal offenses concerning the unlawful transfer or purchase of certain weapons.
Impact: Duplicates federal law and creates new offense related to transfer of firearms.
Status: Criminal Justice 3/26/13; passed Senate 4/30/13; died in  House Calendars.
Position on Bill: Oppose this overly broad, vague and unnecessary bill.

 SB 1349 (West, D): Relating to the use of deadly force in defense of a person or property.
Impact: Duplicates federal law and creates new offense related to transfer of firearms.
Status:  Criminal Justice.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill: Oppose this terrible bill that guts the protections of SB378 (2007), the so-called Texas version of the "Castle Doctrine."

 SB 1400 (Estes, R): Relating to the municipal and county regulation of air guns.
Impact:   Prohibits cities from regulating the discharge of air guns on certain property, including private property if pellet traps are used. Also has other reasonable requirements. Prohibits counties from regulating the discharge of air guns except on specific county property.
Status:  Final passage 5/22/13.
Position on Bill:  Support

SB 1526 (Ellis, D, F): Relating to criminal history background checks in connection with firearm transfers.
Impact: Makes Tex. Dept. of Public Safety the Point of Contact for all firearm transfers. It also creates various offenses duplicating or expanding current federal law.
Companions: HB 3772
Status: Criminal Justice Committee.  Died in committee.
Position on Bill: Oppose this terrible bill!

SB 1527 (Ellis, D, F): Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows.
Impact: Requires background checks for all sales at gun shows and creates requirements for gun show promoters.
Companions:  HB 3347
Status: Agricultural, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security CommitteeDied in committee.
Position on Bill: Oppose.

SB 1907 (Hegar, R, A+):  Relating to the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition in private vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
Impact:  Prohibits public and private colleges and universities from adopting policies preventing persons lawfully possessing firearms from storing them in their locked vehicles anywhere on campus.  The Bill essentially expands the employer parking lot bill passed in 2011 to colleges and universities.
Status:  Final passage 5/26/13.
Position on Bill:  Support this very necessary bill.