Yesterday there were 653 bills pre-filed in the House (Bills 1-20 are reserved for House high priority bills) and 198 filed in the Senate (Bills 1-30 are the reserved for the Lieutenant Governor's high priority items).
37 House Bills and 10 Senate bills were filed with the category "Weapons", most of which mirror gun control talking points on:
- Red Flag Laws
- Large Capacity Magazines
- Universal Background Checks
- Gun Show Loopholes
HB 220 - Goodwin - Creates a requirement to report suspended LTCs, an online searchable database thereof and criminal penalties for selling a firearm to a person with a suspended LTC
HB 244 - Bernal - Restricts the open carry of long-arms in Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Collin, HIdalgo, and El Paso counties.
There were several favorable bills filed as well including:
HB 175 - Schaefer - Records expungement for unlawful carry of a weapon if placed on deferred adjudication community supervision
HB 192 - Schaefer - Clarifying and narrowing "Premises of a court or offices utilized by the court" to the courtroom, jury room, judge's chambers, or the office of a member of the judge's staff. This limits the abuse of calling the entire county courthouse complex off limits (including tax offices, etc.) because the "office is utilized by the court".
HB 356 - Bell, Cecil - Limiting the liability of businesses that allow concealed handguns on the business premises (only applies to 30.06 - probably a re-file from previous sessions prior to the advent of open and "constitutional" carry laws.
HB 636 - Patterson - Allows election judges to carry in a polling place while conducting their election related duties
This will be an interesting legislative session, particularly after Uvalde.