Texas SB 535 - Guns in Church

🚨Texas SB 535

Relating to the carrying of a handgun by a license holder on the premises of certain places of religious worship

By Donna Campbell (R)*Brian Birdwell (R)Bob Hall (R)


LEAP Forward Position:  Oppose

LEAP Forward Position: Oppose

Bill Summary

SECTION 1. Amends Sections 46.035(b), (g), and (i), Penal Code, as follows: (b) Deletes a church, synagogue, or other established place of religious worship from the list of premises where a license holder commits an offense if the license holder intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries a handgun under the authority of Subchapter H (License to Carry), Chapter 411, Government Code, regardless of whether the handgun is concealed or carried in a shoulder or belt holster. (g) Provides that except as otherwise provided by this subsection, an offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that an offense under Subsection (b)(4) (relating to an offense on the premises of hospital and nursing facilities), (b)(5) (relating to an offense on the premises of an amusement park), or (c) is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $200, except that the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it is shown on the trial of the offense that, after entering the property, the license holder was personally given notice by oral communication under Section 30.06 (Trespass by License Holder With a Concealed Handgun) or 30.07 (Trespass by License Holder With an Openly Carried Handgun) that entry on the property was forbidden and subsequently failed to depart. Makes nonsubstantive changes. (i) Makes a conforming change.

SECTION 2. Amends Section 46.035(h-1), Penal Code, as added by Chapter 1222 (H.B. 2300), Acts of the 80th Legislature, Regular Session, 2007, to make a conforming change.

SECTION 3. Makes application of this Act prospective.

SECTION 4. Effective date: September 1, 2019.