Texas Firearm-Related Legislation

According to Texas law the first day to prefile bills was Monday, November 9, 2020. The 87th Legislature will be in session 140 days, from Tuesday, January 12, 2021 to Monday, May 31. The last day to file regular bills is Friday, March 12.

Governor Abbott has 10 days after a bill is passed, or until until Sunday, June 20 for bills passed in the last 10 days of the session, 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 30, 2021.

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

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Texas Firearm Legislation introduced in the 87th Legislature

Bills by Category

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Bills Catalogued

55 bills cataloged. 45 House Bills, 1 House Joint Resolutions, 9 Senate Bills, 0 Senate Joint Resolutions, 0 Comments.

House Bills

HB 26, by Swanson
Category: Possession
Relating to the governor's power to control the sale, transportation, and use of weapons and ammunition during a declared state of disaster or state of emergency.Thumbs Up!
Removes guns from the list of things the governor can restrict during a declared disaster or emergency.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 29, by Swanson
Category: Carry
IntroducedThumbs Up!
Public government buildings where carry is prohibited MAY temporarily store such weapons.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 52, by Reynolds
Category: Possession
Relating to the creation of certain criminal offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows; authorizing a fee.Thumbs Down!
Prohibits transfer of guns at a gun show without a NICS check.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed
HB 245 by Bernal, Duplicate, 11/09/2020 H Filed
 
HB 55, by Swanson
Category: Schools
Relating to the carrying and possession of a concealed handgun by a school marshal.Thumbs Up!
Removes requirement for school marshall to use a lockbox instead of carrying.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 73, by Hinojosa
Category: Self-defense
Relating to a limitation on the use of a victim's gender identity or sexual orientation as the basis for a defense in the trial of a criminal offense.Thumbs Up!
Gender identity and sexual orientation not justifications for use of force.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 112, by Toth
Category: Possession
Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas; creating a criminal offense.Thumbs Up!
Bans state officials from enforcing Federal gun laws stricter than Texas.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 118, by Ortega
Category: Possession
Relating to requiring a national instant criminal background check in connection with private firearm transfers; creating a criminal offense.Thumbs Down!
Bans most private sales without a NICS check.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 127, by Ortega
Category: Carry
Relating to the unlawful carrying of certain firearms; creating a criminal offense.Thumbs Down!
Bans carry of long guns in public.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 164, by Meza
Category: Possession
Relating to extreme risk protective orders; creating criminal offenses.Thumbs Down!
Establishes an Extreme Risk Protection Order to confiscate guns when family or law enforcement think owners are dangerous.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed
SB 84 by Miles, Similar, 11/09/2020 S Filed
 
HB 172, by Meza
Category: Possession
Relating to creating a criminal offense for the unlawful possession or transfer of an assault weapon.Thumbs Down!
Defines Assault Weapons, including rifles, shotguns and handguns, and bans possession.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 178, by Meza
Category: Possession
Relating to creating a criminal offense for the unlawful possession or transfer of a large-capacity magazine.Thumbs Down!
Bans centerfire magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 185, by Meza
Category: Self-defense
Relating to creating the criminal offense of failure to safely store a firearm.Thumbs Down!
Requires all readily-dischargable guns to be locked up.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 196, by Meza
Category: Self-defense
Relating to the use of deadly force in defense of a person or property.Thumbs Down!
Requires safe retreat before using deadly force, removes robbery and aggravated robbery from crimes justifying deadly force, and limits presumption to a habitation.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 201, by Meza
Category: Schools
Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.Thumbs Down!
Allows public colleges to opt-out of concealed carry, and limits immunity for damages.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 208, by Meza
Category: Possession
Relating to the manufacture of firearms without a federal license; creating a criminal offense.Thumbs Down!
Bans private manufacture of firearms.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 210, by Meza
Category: Possession
Relating to requiring a person convicted of an offense involving family violence or a person who is the subject of a family violence protective order to surrender firearms owned by the person.Thumbs Down!
Sets up complex requirements for surrender of guns after convictions and for protective orders.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 213, by Bernal
Category: Carry
Relating to limiting the locations where a person may carry a firearm other than a handgun; creating a criminal offense.Thumbs Down!
Bans carrying of long guns in public, and on another person's property wtihout owner's permission.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 218, by Meza
Category: Possession
Relating to the regulation of certain firearm transfers; creating criminal offenses.Thumbs Down!
Bans transfer of firearms without either a NICS check or documenting the transfer with submission to DPS. Limits private transfers to five firearms per year.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 223, by Meza
Category: Possession
Relating to the unlawful possession of a firearm by persons convicted of certain misdemeanor offenses in this state.Thumbs Down!
Prohibits possession of a firearm for five years for anyone convicted of a misdemeanor involving use or threat of force.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 227, by Meza
Category: Possession
Relating to notifying state law enforcement of an attempted acquisition of a firearm by a person prohibited from possessing a firearm.Thumbs Down!
FFLs required to report NICS denials to DPS, who is required to investigate.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 231, by Ortega
Category: Possession
Relating to prohibiting the transfer of an assault weapon to certain recipients; creating a criminal offense; increasing a criminal penalty.Thumbs Down!
Bans selling or giving a club, location restricted knife or firearm to anyone less than 18. Bans selling or giving an assault weapon to anyone under 21. Defines which rifles, shotguns and pistols are assault weapons.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 234, by Ortega
Category: Possession
Relating to creating a criminal offense for the unlawful possession or transfer of a large-capacity magazine.Thumbs Down!
Bans possession of rimfire and centerfire magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 235, by Meza
Category: Possession
Relating to the prohibition on the possession of a firearm by a person following the person's conviction of certain family violence misdemeanors.Thumbs Down!
Expands designation of people convicted of a misdemeanor who are banned from owning firearms for five years.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 236, 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.Thumbs Down!
Reduces 30.06-30.07 signs to 8.5X11 in.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 238, by Meza
Category: Possession
Relating to the regulation of firearms or ammunition by a municipality or county.Thumbs Down!
Allows municipalities and counties to regulate firearms.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 241, by Ortega
Category: Possession
Relating to creating a criminal offense for the unlawful possession or transfer of an assault weapon.Thumbs Down!
Defines which rifles, shotguns and pistols are assault weapons and bans possession.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 245, by Bernal
Category: Possession
Relating to the creation of certain criminal offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows; authorizing a fee.
Prohibits transfer of guns at a gun show without a NICS check.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed
HB 52 by Reynolds, Duplicate, 11/09/2020 H Filed
 
HB 276, by Murr
Category: Carry
Relating to the carrying or possession of a handgun by certain retired judges and justices and certain other governmental officials.Thumbs Down!
Expands carry for retired and federal judges.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 299, by Springer
Category: Licensing
Relating to granting authority to carry a firearm to certain unlicensed persons and to related regulatory provisions and criminal offenses.Thumbs Up!
Allows unlicensed carry in a holster by non-felons over 21.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 304, by Springer
Category: Carry
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.Thumbs Up!
Greatly expands where LTCs may carry.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 328, by Gervin-Hawkins
Category: Possession
Relating to designating June as Firearm Safety Awareness Month.Caution.
Designates June as Firearm Safety Month and encourages appropriate community activities.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 336, by Cain
Category: Possession
Relating to prohibiting the recognition and enforcement of extreme risk protective orders; creating a criminal offense.Thumbs Up!
Bans recognizing or enforcing Estreme Risk Protection Orders.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed

 
HB 340, by Cain
Category: Possession
Relating to the governor's power to control the sale, dispensing, transportation, storage, and use of alcoholic beverages, ammunition, explosives, combustibles, and weapons during a declared state of disaster or state of emergency.Thumbs Up!
Prohibits the governor from controling alcohol, firearms, explosives or flammable liquids during an emergency.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed
HB 629 by White, Duplicate, 11/23/2020 H Filed
 
HB 347, by Geren
Category: Possession
Relating to a false or misleading statement made to illegally acquire a firearm; creating a criminal offense.
Makes it a state jail felony to make a false or misleading statement during a NICS check.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed
SB 162 by Blanco, Similar, 11/10/2020 S Filed
 
HB 395, by Moody
Category: Possession
Relating to extreme risk protective orders; creating criminal offenses.Thumbs Down!
Establishes an Extreme Risk Protection Order to confiscate guns when family or law enforcement think owners are dangerous.
Last Action: 11/09/2020 H Filed
SB 84 by Miles, Similar, 11/09/2020 S Filed
 
HB 521, by Fierro
Category: Possession
Relating to the establishment and use of a voluntary registry of individuals experiencing mental illness who waive the right to purchase or receive transfer of a firearm; creating criminal offenses.Thumbs Down!
Creates a voluntary list of people who waive the right to purchase firearms due to mental illness. Requires FFLs to check the list before transferring a firearm. Establishes a way to revoke the waiver.
Last Action: 11/10/2020 H Filed

 
HB 524, by Rosenthal
Category: Possession
Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for firearm safety equipment.Thumbs Up!
Removes sales and use tax from gun safes, boxes or locks.
Last Action: 11/12/2020 H Filed

 
HB 530, by Patterson
Category: Carry
Relating to the applicability to election judges of a prohibition on the carrying of a handgun at a polling place.Thumbs Up!
Allows election judges with LTCs to carry in their polling place.
Last Action: 11/12/2020 H Filed

 
HB 603, by Meza
Category: Carry
Relating to prohibiting this state from recognizing a license to carry a handgun issued by another state.Thumbs Down!
Prohibits recognition of carry licenses from other states.
Last Action: 11/18/2020 H Filed

 
HB 606, by Goodwin
Category: Possession
Relating to requiring a national instant criminal background check in connection with private firearm transfers; creating a criminal offense.Thumbs Down!
All firearm transfers except to close family would require a NICS check.
Last Action: 11/19/2020 H Filed

 
HB 629, by White
Category: Possession
Relating to the governor's power to control the sale, dispensing, transportation, storage, and use of alcoholic beverages, ammunition, explosives, combustibles, and weapons during a declared state of disaster or state of emergency.Thumbs Up!
Prohibits the governor from controling alcohol, firearms, explosives or flammable liquids during an emergency.
Last Action: 11/23/2020 H Filed
HB 340 by Cain, Duplicate, 11/09/2020 H Filed
 
HB 635, by Krause
Category: Possession
Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.Thumbs Up!
Bans state officials from enforcing Federal gun laws stricter than Texas.
Last Action: 11/24/2020 H Filed

 
HB 670, by Martinez
Category: Carry
Relating to prohibiting the reckless discharge of a firearm; creating a criminal offense.Thumbs Down!
Prohibits shooting without a specific target.
Last Action: 11/30/2020 H Filed

 
HB 687, by Lozano
Category: Carry
Relating to the prosecution and punishment of the offense of smuggling of persons.
Enhances human smuggling penalties for possessing a gun.
Last Action: 12/01/2020 H Filed

 
HB 693, by Moody
Category: Possession
Relating to the prosecution of the offense of making a firearm accessible to a child; increasing a criminal penalty.Thumbs Down!
Raises age of child to 17, parents must specifically agree to child shooting, raises penalties.
Last Action: 12/02/2020 H Filed

 

House Joint Resolutions

HJR 40, by White
Category: Possession
Proposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit the governor from regulating alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, or combustibles by order or proclamation.Thumbs Up!
Proposes a Texas Constitutional amendment prohibiting the governor from regulating guns and alcohol by edict.
Last Action: 11/30/2020 H Filed

 

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