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Texas 82nd Legislature Bill Introductions.

2011

According to Texas law the first day to prefile bills was Monday, November 8, 2010. The 82nd Legislature will be in session 140 days, from Tuesday, January 11, 2011 to Monday, May 30. The last day to file regular bills will be Friday, March 11.

Governor Perry has until June 19 to review bills passed by the State Legislature. He can sign a bill to authorize new law, he can let a bill become law without signing, or he can veto a bill. Check the Governor's website.

This catalog of firearm related bills was updated January 14, 2011.

House Bills

HB 25, by Guillen
YES
Categories:
Possession.
Relating to the carrying of certain weapons in a watercraft.
Similar to HB 77. Expands "car carry" to "boat carry."
Status: Filed 11/08/2010.

HB 48, by Pena
CAUTION - amendment may hurt gun owners.
Categories:
Miscellaneous.
Relating to authorizing the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas to investigate the feasibility of and cooperate in the establishment of southbound checkpoints along the international border of this state.
Lets DPS, in conjunction with federal agencies, set up southbound checkpoints stopping cars about to enter Mexico, to search for firearms and cash.
Status: Filed 11/08/2010.

HB 77, by Flynn
YES
Categories:
Possession.
Relating to the carrying of certain weapons in a watercraft.
Similar to HB 25. Expands "car carry" to "boat carry."
Status: Filed 11/08/2010.

HB 86, by Simpson
YES
Categories:
Concealed Carry.
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
Similar to SB 354. Allows concealed carry on public and private college campuses. Prohibits colleges from making rules prohibiting concealed carry. Allows colleges to set storage policies for dorms. Indemnifies colleges for acts by CHLs. Permits concealed carry at collegiate sporting events unless they are posted with 30.06.
Status: Filed 11/08/2010.

HB 145, by Laubenberg
YES
Categories:
Sale.
Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
Attempts to make firearms, parts, and ammunition manufactured completely in Texas exempt from Federal regulation. Identical to HB 298.
Status: Filed 11/08/2010.

HB 181, by Miller, Sid.
YES
Categories:
Sale.
Relating to an exemption from the sales tax on handguns, rifles, shotguns, and ammunition.
Adds firearms and ammunition to the list of items in the before-school sales tax holiday.
Status: Filed 11/08/2010.

HB 190, by Walle.
CAUTION - amendment may hurt gun owners.
Categories:
Miscellaneous.
Relating to the adoption of noise regulations by certain counties; providing a criminal penalty.
Cities can regulate noise produced by loudspeakers or sound amplifying equipment. As written would not impinge on shooting ranges.
Status: Filed 11/08/2010.

HB 242, by Craddick
NEUTRAL
Categories:
Law Enforcement.
Relating to the authority of certain retired peace officers to carry certain firearms.
Administrative changes affecting which officers qualify for retired and off-duty carry.
Status: Filed 11/10/2010.

HB 298, by Berman
YES
Categories:
Sale.
Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
Attempts to make firearms, parts, and ammunition manufactured completely in Texas exempt from Federal regulation. Identical to HB 145.
Status: Filed 11/16/2010.

HB 356, by Burnam
NEUTRAL
Categories:
Concealed Carry.
Relating to the recognition of a nonresident license to carry a concealed handgun.
Prohibits a person whose principal residence is Texas from carrying on an out-of-state CHL. I think the Legislature will "fix" the Utah license loophole one way or another, so I'm marking this bill "neutral" because it does so in the least restrictive manner.
Status: Filed 11/29/2010.

HB 681, by Kleinschmidt
YES
Categories:
Possession.
Relating to an employee's transportation and storage of certain firearms or ammunition while on certain property owned or controlled by the employee's employer. Thumbs Up!
Similar to SB 321. Keeps an employer from prohibiting a CHL or other person who lawfully possess a firearm from securing the firearm in the employee's own vehicle in a company parking facility. Does not apply to schools and a few other areas. Exempts the employer from liability for the firearm. Does not authorize carry into the premises of the workplace.
Status: Filed 01/20/2011.

HB 698, by Huberty
YES
Categories:
Concealed Carry.
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain persons attending school board meetings.
(summary to come)
Status: Filed 01/18/2011.

HB 750, by Driver
YES
Categories:
Concealed Carry.
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
Similar to HB 86 & SB 354. Allows concealed carry on public and private college campuses. Prohibits colleges from making rules prohibiting concealed carry. Allows colleges to set storage policies for dorms. Indemnifies colleges for acts by CHLs. Permits concealed carry at collegiate sporting events unless they are posted with 30.06.
Status: Filed 01/20/2011.




Joint Resolutions

Senate Bills

SB 275, by Uresti
YES
Categories:
Hunting.
Relating to certain exceptions to the prohibition on hunting from a public road or right-of-way.
Allows the capture, trapping, or hunting of a reptile, amphibian, or insect along a road.
Status: Filed 12/17/2010.

SB 285, by Harris
NEUTRAL
Categories:
Concealed Carry.
Relating to exempting certain judicial officers from certain requirements for obtaining or renewing a concealed handgun license and to the authority of certain judicial officers to carry certain weapons.
Minor changes in procedure for judges' CHLs.
Status: Filed 12/21/2010.

SB 288, by Lucio
CAUTION - amendment may hurt gun owners.
Categories:
Miscellaneous.
Relating to authorizing the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas to investigate the feasibility of and cooperate in the establishment of southbound checkpoints along the international border of this state.
Lets DPS, in conjunction with federal agencies, set up southbound checkpoints stopping cars about to enter Mexico, to search for firearms and cash. Status: Filed 12/21/2010.

SB 294, by Hinojosa
CAUTION - amendment may hurt gun owners.
Categories:
Miscellaneous.
Relating to authorizing the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to investigate the feasibility of and cooperate in the establishment of southbound checkpoints along the international border of this state.
Lets DPS, in conjunction with federal agencies, set up southbound checkpoints stopping cars about to enter Mexico, to search for firearms and cash.
Status: Filed 12/22/2010.

SB 321, by Hegar, Birdwell
YES
Categories:
Possession.
Relating to an employee's transportation and storage of certain firearms or ammunition while on certain property owned or controlled by the employee's employer. Thumbs Up!
Keeps an employer from prohibiting a CHL or other person who lawfully possess a firearm from securing the firearm in the employee's own vehicle in a company parking facility. Does not apply to schools and a few other areas. Exempts the employer from liability for the firearm. Does not authorize carry into the premises of the workplace.
Status: Filed 01/07/2011.

SB337,by Gallegos
NO!
Categories:
Ranges.
Relating to the authority of certain counties to enact noise regulations; providing a criminal penalty.
Allows Houston to regulate noise in the unincorporated county. No firing range exception.
Status: Filed 01/12/2011.

SB 354, by Wentworth; Birdwell; Carona; Deuell; Eltife; Estes; Fraser; Harris; Hegar; Jackson, Mike; Nelson; Patrick, Dan; Seliger; Williams
YES
Categories:
Concealed carry.
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
Similar to HB 86 & HB 750. Allows CHLs to concealed carry on college campuses. Allows CHLs to carry at collegiate sporting events not posted with 30.06. Lets private schools ban carry in premises. Allows for safe storage regulations in dorms. Makes schools and administrators immune from liability for the firearms. Delays implementation of the changes until September 1, 2012.
Status: Filed 01/13/2011.




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