Texas Firearm-Related Legislation

According to Texas law the first day to prefile bills was Monday, November 18, 2018. The 86th Legislature will be in session 140 days, from Tuesday, January 18, 2019 to Monday, May 27. The last day to file regular bills is Friday, March 8.

Governor Abbott has until Sunday, June 16 to review bills passed by the State Legislature. He can sign a bill to authorize new law, he can pass the bill to become law without signing, or he can veto a bill.

Bills without specific effective dates and not effective immediately will become effective Monday, August 26, 2019.

This catalog of firearm-related bills was by Larry Arnold, larry@talonsite.com.

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Texas Firearm Legislation introduced in the 86th Legislature

Bills by Category

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Bills Catalogued

35 bills cataloged. 25 House Bills, 0 House Joint Resolutions, 10 Senate Bills, 0 Senate Joint Resolutions, 0 Bills passed and became law, 0 Comments.

Bill Progress

HB 38, by Canales
Category: Possession
Relating to prohibiting the manufacture, assembly, or ownership of unmarked firearms; creating a criminal offense; authorizing a fee.Thumbs Down!
Requires owners of firearms without serial numbers, made after 1968, to obtain a serial number from DPS and affix it to the firearm, then register the serial number and owner`s name.
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 86, by Martinez, "Mando"
Category: Possession
Introduced
Makes it an offense to fire a firearm without an intended target or if reckless as to whether the firearm was aimed at the intended target.
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 95, by Hinojosa, Gina
Category: Possession
Relating to the criminal offense of acquisition or attempted acquisition of a firearm by a person prohibited from possessing a firearm.Thumbs Down!
Makes it an offense for a prohibited person to acquire or attempt to acquire a firearm, requires FFLs to report denials to DPS, requires DPS to investigate.
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 121, by Swanson
Category: Carry
Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of trespass by certain persons carrying handguns.Thumbs Up!
Adds a defense to prosecution for 30.06-07 for leaving promptly after oral warning.
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 131, by Moody
Category: Possession
Relating to extreme risk protective orders and the prosecution of the criminal offense of unlawful transfer of a firearm; creating a criminal offense.Thumbs Down!
Bans possession of firearms by a person under an extreme risk protection order, requires proof of disability, requires court hearing for temporary or perminant order, penalizes false reports.
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed
SB 157 by Rodríguez, Identical, 11/12/2018 S Filed
 
HB 143, by Swanson
Category: Carry
Relating to authorizing the provision of temporary secure storage for weapons at certain public buildings; authorizing fees.Thumbs Up!
State or local agencies may provide temporary storage for weapons which are prohibited in the public building. Does not apply to prisons, schools or colleges.
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 172, by Bernal
Category: Carry
Relating to the notice given by a property owner prohibiting a handgun license holder from carrying a handgun on certain property.
Reduces size of 30.06-07 signs.
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 195, by Reynolds
Category: Possession
Relating to the creation of certain criminal offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows; authorizing a fee.Thumbs Down!
Requires NICS checks for any purchase at a gun show, except for LEOs and LTCs. Requires advanced registration of gun shows to law enforcement.
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 227, by Krause
Category: Possession
Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
Federal law doesn't apply to firearms made and remaining in Texas.
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 238, by Krause
Category: Possession
Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
Federal laws don't apply to Texas firearms
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 257, by Blanco
Category: Schools
Relating to a policy requiring public and private primary and secondary schools and public junior colleges to provide local law enforcement agencies certain information regarding certain individuals authorized to carry a handgun on a campus.Thumbs Down!
Schools and junior colleges must notify law enforcement of the names of persons authorized to carry handguns and their campuses
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 302, by Paul
Category: Possession
Relating to the carrying, storage, or possession of a firearm or firearm ammunition by certain persons on certain residential or commercial property.Thumbs Up!
Property owners may not prohibit firearm ownership by condo owners or renters
Last Action: 11/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 316, by Howard
Category: Possession
Relating to a public awareness campaign on firearm safety and suicide prevention.Thumbs Down!
Requires DPS to conduct a firearm safety campaign
Last Action: 11/13/2018 H Filed

 
HB 346, by Holland
Category: Hunting
Relating to the regulation of bow fishing.Thumbs Up!
Allows bowfishing for catfish
Last Action: 11/14/2018 H Filed

 
HB 349, by Blanco
Category: Possession
Relating to the prosecution of the criminal offense of the possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of certain parts designed to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle.Thumbs Down!
Bans devices to increase semiaoto rate of fire
Last Action: 11/14/2018 H Filed

 
HB 357, by Stickland
Category: Carry
Relating to the carrying of a firearm by a person who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing the firearm and to criminal offenses otherwise related to the carrying of a firearm; creating criminal offenses.Thumbs Up!
Authorizes unlicensed handgun carry, retains LTC
Last Action: 11/14/2018 H Filed

 
HB 419, by Geren
Category: LTC
Relating to the removal of a fee for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun.Thumbs Up!
Removes the state fee for license to carry.
Last Action: 11/29/2018 H Filed

 
HB 446, by Moody
Category: Possession
Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to certain instruments designed, made, or adapted for use in striking a person with a fist.Thumbs Up!
Removes knuckles from prohibited weapons.
Last Action: 12/03/2018 H Filed

 
HB 489, by Springer
Category: Hunting
Relating to the use of certain weapons in or on the beds or banks of certain rivers and streams in particular counties.Thumbs Down!
Prohibits shooting along navigable streams in Hall County.
Last Action: 12/07/2018 H Filed

 
HB 497, by VanDeaver
Category: LTC
Relating to the classroom instruction part of the handgun proficiency course taken to obtain a license to carry a handgun.Thumbs Down!
Adds ammunition training to the LTC class.
Last Action: 12/10/2018 H Filed

 
HB 516, by Springer
Category: Carry
Relating to the liability of a person who allows handguns to be carried on property owned, leased, or managed by the person.Thumbs Up!
People can`t be sued for not posting 30.06 or 30.07 signs.
Last Action: 12/12/2018 H Filed

 
HB 544, by Nevarez
Category: Possession
Relating to the unlawful possession of a firearm by persons who are subject to certain judicial determinations; creating a criminal offense.
Firearm possession prohibited for persons declared incompetent by a court order.
Last Action: 12/18/2018 H Filed

 
HB 545, by Nevarez
Category: Possession
Relating to the prosecution of the offense of unlawful transfer of a firearm.
Unlawful to transfer a firearm to a person determined by a court to be incompetent.
Last Action: 12/18/2018 H Filed

 
HB 547, by Canales
Category: Hunting
Relating to verification of hunting and fishing license information.Thumbs Up!
People can display hunting or fishing licenses on their wireless device.
Last Action: 12/18/2018 H Filed

 
HB 595, by Rosenthal
Category: Possession
Relating to making certain false alarms or reports because of bias or predjudice; increasing a criminal penalty.Thumbs Up!
Makes it an offense to report a minority to cause a law enforcement (SWAT) response.
Last Action: 12/27/2018 H Filed

 

House Joint Resolutions

Senate Bills

SB 61, by Zaffirini
Category: Possession
Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for firearm safety devices and educational materials.
Removes sales tax for firearm storage devicces and education materials
Last Action: 11/12/2018 S Filed

 
SB 117, by Creighton
Category: Carry
Relating to the prosecution of the offense of possessing a weapon in certain prohibited places associated with schools or postsecondary educational institutions.Thumbs Up!
Expands licensed carry to colleges, and expands carry during school events
Last Action: 11/12/2018 S Filed

 
SB 123, by West
Category: Possession
Relating to the offense of possessing a weapon in a secured area of an airport.
Expands secure area of an airport
Last Action: 11/12/2018 S Filed

 
SB 157, by Rodríguez
Category: Possession
Relating to extreme risk protective orders and the prosecution of the criminal offense of unlawful transfer of a firearm; creating a criminal offense.Thumbs Down!
Bans possession of firearms by a person under an extreme risk protection order, requires proof of disability, requires court hearing for temporary or perminant order, penalizes false reports.
Last Action: 11/12/2018 S Filed
HB 131 by Moody, Identical, 11/12/2018 H Filed
 
SB 158, by Rodríguez
Category: Possession
Relating to increasing criminal penalties for the offense of making a firearm accessible to a child.Thumbs Down!
Increases penalties for making a firearm accessable to a child
Last Action: 11/12/2018 S Filed
SB 204 by Huffman, Duplicate, 11/16/2018 S Filed
 
SB 193, by Perry
Category: Schools
Relating to waiving the fee for the issuance of a duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun for school marshals.Thumbs Down!
Waives fees for replacement LTCs for school marshals
Last Action: 11/15/2018 S Filed

 
SB 203, by Huffman
Category: Possession
Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for firearm safety equipment.
Firearm safety equipment sales-tax free
Last Action: 11/16/2018 S Filed

 
SB 204, by Huffman
Category: Possession
Relating to increasing criminal penalties for the offense of making a firearm accessible to a child.Thumbs Down!
Increases penalties for making a firearm accessable to a child
Last Action: 11/16/2018 S Filed
SB 158 by Rodríguez, Duplicate, 11/12/2018 S Filed
 
SB 243, by Creighton
Category: Schools
Relating to the carrying or storage of a handgun by a school marshal.Thumbs Up!
School marshals will no longer have to keep handguns in lockboxes.
Last Action: 12/14/2018 S Filed

 
SB 244, by Creighton
Category: Schools
Relating to the number of school marshals that may be appointed to serve on a public school campus or at a private school.Thumbs Up!
Eliminates limits on number of school marshals a public or private school can have.
Last Action: 12/14/2018 S Filed

 

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