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2017 Bill Status Report

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:03 am

Color-coded and linked bills are available on the 2017 Bill Status Report on the Texas Firearms Coalition website. Updated 2/22/2017 Updated status of: House Bills 131, 556, 560, 781, 782, 913, 927.

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.
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; referred to Homeland Secutiry & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17.
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.
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.
Comments: This Bill would send a signal to the federal government as have those passed in other states..

HB111 (Moody) 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 Secutiry & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17.
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) 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.
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 Secutiry & Public Safety Committee 2/14/17
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 Secutiry & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17
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 11/14/16; referred to Homeland Secutiry & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17
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 Secutiry & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17.
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 Secutiry & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17.
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 Secutiry & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17.
Comments:

HB 291 (Johnson/Dallas) 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 Secutiry & Public Safety Committee 2/13/17.
Comments: This probably would apply only to Dallas.

HB339 (Burrows) 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, 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.
Comments:

HB356 (Huberty, R) 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.
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.
Comments:

HB375 (Stickland, 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.
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) 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.
Companion Bill: Identical to HB282
Comments:

HB392 (Howard) 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.
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.
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.
Comments: A bill with the same impact has been filed by Rep. Schaefer in 2013 and 2015.

HB435 (King, Ken) 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: Neutral.
Status: Filed 11/21/16; referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/16/17.
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 exemption should apply, but only when actually rendering emergency services.

HB447 (Bell) 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: Neutral . (See explanation below.)
Status: Filed 11/22/16; referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee 2/16/17.
Comments: Unlike SB86 by Sen. Hall, this bill would deny immunity if a business allows concealed-carry but prohibits open-carry. UPDATE: It is expected that a committee substitute will be offered during a public hearing that will address TFC concerns about this Bill. When it is offered, TFC will support the Bill.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Comments:

HB514 (Simmons) 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.
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) 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 12/9/16referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee 2/20/17
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 12/9/16referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/20/17.
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.
Comments:

HB621 (Leach) 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.
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 1/2/17referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/20/17
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 1/2/17referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/20/17
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
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
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
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: Oppose
Status: Filed 1/10/17referred to Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 2/21/17
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 1/11/17referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 2/21/17.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 287/17.
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
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
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
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.
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: Oppose. See comments.
Status: Filed 2/15/2017
Comments: TFC supports the concept of unlicensed carry (a/k/a "constitutional carry") and will support HB1911 if critical amendments are made in committee. If these amendments are not made, then the Bill will be vigorously opposed.

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.
Comments:

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.
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.
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.
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.
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) 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.
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: Support.
Status: Filed 11/14/16; referred to State Affairs Committee 1/25/17.
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.
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) 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 .
Comments: A much better bill will be filed to address guns in psychiatric hospitals.

SB221 (Menedez, 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 .
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, F) 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.
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 .
Companion Bill: HB403
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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: Support
Status: Filed 11/30/16
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.
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 .
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; referred to State Affairs Committee 2/4/17 .
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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: Support
Status: Filed 1/9/17; referred to Business & Commerce Committee 2/6/17
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 .
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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
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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
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 .
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 .
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 .
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
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.


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 2/1/17 .
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; referre dto Administration Committee 2/1/17
Comments:


HOUSE CONCURRING RESOLUTIONS

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
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Postby Charles L. Cotton » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:09 am

As in prior years:

1. This thread is locked to make it easy for people to check the status of bills; and
2. A color coded and linked version of the 2017 Bill Status Report is on http://www.TexasFirearmsCoalition.com.

People wanting to discuss bills can start separate threads in the Legislative Section. I would suggest each thread should discuss only one bill and that bill's number and short description should be in the title. This is NOT required, but it would help people track specific bill discussion.

The linking and color coding code is different for the Forum software and for the software used on the TFC website. It's far too much trouble to create and maintain what would amount to two completely different reports that will require numerous revisions and that will grow throughout the legislative session. Therefore, I strongly encourage people to use the version on the TFC website.

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Added HB372 re caliber requirement for LTC range certification.
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Added HB375 - Unlicensed carrying of a handgun.
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Updated: Added HB391 and HB392.
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Updated: Added HB403 and HB435.
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Updated: Added HB485, HB497, SB16 & SB263.
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Updated: Added: HB556 & HB560.
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