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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: 12/23/16. Added: SB349.

HOUSE BILLS:

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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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) 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: Opposed. (See explanation below.)
Status: Filed 11/22/16

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
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
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.
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
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.
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 12/9/16
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.
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:


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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Companion Bill: HB403
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.
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.
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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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Numerous bills added.
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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 HB421 & HB447
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Updated: Added HB465 and HB466.
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Updated: Added HB485, HB497, SB16 & SB263.
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Updated: Added HB514.
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Updated: Added: HB556 & HB560.
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Updated: Added HB606
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Updated: Added HB621.
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Updated: Added SB349.
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