Going by memory here, but...no.z_g_yang wrote:Airport secured area is part of 46.03. Does this mean this Bill allow carrying into secured area of airport?
It just means that the State of Texas will not prosecute you for doing it. Federal regs prohibit bringing a firearm (and probably all other weapons) into the secure area of an airport, but I believe the penalty is civil, i.e. a fine ($10K IIRC). I suspect you could also be banned from flying commercial again, but less certain about that.
My understanding is that when TSA or whoever detects a firearm, they call the local police to come deal with the person who has it. In New York, New Jersey, etc unless you have a license from that state (and from NYC if the airport is in NYC), you go straight to jail. In Texas, since the last Legislature, law enforcement is required to give you (assuming you have an LTC) a chance to take yourself and the gun out of the secure area/away from the checkpoint without arrest.
It appears under HB560, if it passes, local law enforcement will no longer have any reason to arrest you for simply having the gun in the secured area.
Or so it appears to me at the moment, I'm still studying all the parts of this thing.