Texas already has some of the laxest gun laws in the US. Private sale of handguns in the state doesn’t require a background check.
It is considered a ‘shall-issue’ state, which means that as long as the applicant passes the basic state requirements they must be sold a firearm, and there are no mandatory waiting periods before you can legally purchase said handgun.
Starting next month, they’re going to loosen their hold on gun control even more, now allowing firearms inside churches and on school grounds.
Texas law was previously ‘murky’ on if handguns were legally allowed on church property, but now Texas has decided to clear that up – as long as you are legally permitted to carry that weapon, you can bring it into a place of worship.
The law is essentially treating churches or places of worship as a regular, privately owned establishment in this situation.
On September 1st it will no longer be illegal to carry a firearm on school grounds as well. As long as the weapon is locked inside a vehicle and out of sight, it can be on the grounds.
This means if a teacher wants, he can leave a loaded shotgun in his backseat, as long as it’s covered by a blanket or jacket and you can’t peer in and see it. A parent can leave his handgun in the car when he goes in to pick up his child, as long as it is in the glove compartment as the door is locked.
The state has seen 4 of the 10 deadliest shootings in US history, so they are no strangers to gun violence. Most recently a man in El Paso opened fire in a crowded shopping area, killing 22 and injuring dozens more.
While these laws were passed before this tragic incident, it’s clear by Texas’s track record that it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. Senator Donna Campbell who co-sponsored the bill said there is no sense is disarming the good guys and leaving citizens defenseless.
“There is no such thing as a gun-free zone.” She added.