Bill Watch

Stay up to date with gun legislation being considered in the Texas Legislature, posted below and updated throughout the legislative session.

Click highlighted bill numbers for a detailed analysis of what each will do to your Second Amendment rights in Texas.

87th Legislative Session (2021) - Last update: 5/24/21

TXGR Position

Bill Number

Author

Subject

Status

TXGR Priority

1927

Schaefer

Constitutional Carry for law-abiding adults at least 21 years of age. This bill, however, does not include Constitutional Carry on lands managed by the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) or college campuses.

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Conference report approved by House. Awaiting approval of Senate so it can move to the Governor's desk!

Support

HB 55

Swanson

Allowing school marshalls to carry a concealed handgun.

DEAD

Support

HB 112

Toth

Prohibits State and Local governments from enforcing federal gun control laws that are stricter than state laws.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 118

Ortega

Universal Gun Registration.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 127

Ortega

Bans open carry of long guns.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 164

Meza

"Red Flag" Gun Confiscation without due process.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 172

Meza

So-called "Assault Weapons" Ban.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 178

Meza

Banning possession or transfer of standard capacity magazines over 10 rounds.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 185

Meza

Mandatory firearms storage law.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 196

Meza

Gutting the Texas ' "Castle Doctrine" law by requiring a duty to retreat.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 201

Meza

Repealing the Texas Campus Carry law.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 208

Meza

Bans DIY gun builds with 80% lowers. So-called "ghost gun" ban.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 210

Meza

"Red Flag" Gun Confiscation without due process.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 213

Bernal

Bans open carry of long guns.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 218

Meza

Universal Gun Registration.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 227

Meza

Notifies state law enforcement of failed- NICS background checks, which notoriously produces 90% false positives.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 234

Ortega

Banning possession or transfer of standard capacity magazines over 10 rounds.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 238

Meza

Repeals state pre-emption laws, allowing liberal cities and counties to enact local-level gun control.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 241

Ortega

So-called "Assault Weapons" Ban.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 245

Bernal

Gun Registration for those without a license to carry.

DEAD

Support

HB 336

Cain

Prohibiting the enforcement of "Red Flag" Gun Confiscation laws in Texas.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 395

Moody

"Red Flag" Gun Confiscation without due process.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 603

Meza

Abolishes reciprocity of handgun licenses and the right of Texas LTC holders to carry in other states.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 606

Goodwin

Universal Gun Registration.

DEAD

Support

HB 629

White

Reins in the Governor's power to regulate the sale and use of firearms during a declared "state of emergency."

DEAD

Oppose

HB 760

Goodwin

Gun Registration for those without a license to carry.

DEAD

Oppose

HB 791

Goodwin

Banning open carry of firearms within 500 feet of a "public demonstration."

DEAD

Support

HB 919

Leman

Prohibits rules, orders, ordinances, or policies to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the statute, order, rule, or regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation, such as a capacity or size limitation, a registration requirement, or a background check, that does not exist under the laws of Texas.

DEAD

Support

HB 957

Oliverson

Exempts intrastate sales of firearms suppressors from federal law.

Passed House & Senate, going to Abbott's desk.

TXGR Priority

HB 1238 Biedermann Constitutional Carry for law-abiding adults at least 18 years old.  DEAD, HB 1927 passed in its place

Neutral

HB 1587

White

A permitless carry bill that would allow those 21+ to carry if they meet the eligibility requirements for a license to carry a handgun. This bill would need HB 821 to pass in order to remove onerous requirements for licenses to make this a "good" bill. As currently drafted, the bill would need to be amended to allow permitless carry in areas where carry with an LTC is allowed to keep otherwise law-abiding citizens from accidentally running afoul of the law.

DEAD, HB 1927 passed in its place

Oppose Without Amendment

HB 1911

White

A permitless carry bill that would allow those 21+ to carry if they meet the eligibility requirements for a license to carry a handgun. As currently drafted, the bill would need to be amended to tie the bill to legal possession and to treat ALL law-abiding gun owners equally under the law.

DEAD, HB 1927 passed in its place

Support

HB 1856

Heffner

Prevents hotels from prohibiting LTC holders from carrying firearms or ammunition.

Passed the House, Senate Hearing Held 5/20, left pending in committee

TXGR Priority

HB 2900

Hefner

 A Constitutional Carry bill that is virtually identical to HB 1238.

DEAD, HB 1927 passed in its place

Oppose

SB 84

Miles

"Red Flag" Gun Confiscation without due process.

DEAD

Oppose

SB 110

West

"Red Flag" Gun Confiscation without due process.

DEAD

Oppose

SB 163

Blanco

Gun Registration for those without a license to carry.

DEAD

Oppose

SB 242

Eckhardt

Universal Gun Registration.

DEAD

Oppose

SB 283

Alvarado

"Red Flag" Gun Confiscation without due process.

DEAD

Oppose

SB 311

Eckhardt

Banning open carry of firearms within 500 feet of a "public demonstration."

DEAD

Neutral

SB 540

Springer / Buckingham

A permitless carry bill that is tied to federal laws of handgun purchase instead of handgun possession. As currently drafted, the bill would need to be amended to allow permitless carry in areas where carry with an LTC is allowed to keep otherwise law-abiding citizens from accidentally running afoul of the law.

DEAD

Oppose

SJR 24

Hall

In addition to reported election integrity concerns, this amendment to the Texas State Constitution would allow Bloomberg/Sorors money to influence the fate of Constitutional Carry in Texas by putting it on a ballot and making it susceptible to mob rule. The legislature should first pass Constitutional Carry legislation before trying to delegate their duties to citizens via ballot initiatives. Ballot initiatives are how states like California "govern" and it is not the way things should be done in Texas.

DEAD

Committee contact information:

House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee 
Chair: Rep. James White (Republican), (512) 463-0490, James.White@house.texas.gov 

House State Affairs Committee  
Chair: Rep. Chis Paddie (Republican), (512) 463-0556, Chris.Paddie@house.texas.gov 

House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee  
Chair: Rep. Nicole Collier (Democrat), (512) 463-0716, Nicole.Collier@house.texas.gov 

Senate State Affairs Committee  
Chair: Sen. Bryan Hughes (Republican), (512) 463-0101, Bryan.Hughes@senate.texas.gov 


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