Texas SB 173 Introduced: Bans Possession of Any Firearms In Vehicles In School Parking Lots -- Including CHLs
by Sen. Chris Harris (R-Arlington)
This bill would make it a felony for anyone -- including a CHL -- to have a firearm of any kind in their vehicle for any reason while parked in an area owned or leased by a public or private school or institution. Additionallly, the bill would make it a Class A misdemeanor for CHLs to leave their concealed handguns stored in their car while parked in a lot or garage routinely used by anyone attending a high school sporting event.
CHLs can lose their license if charged with a Class A misdemeanor. And because Texas law calls for penalty enhancements for offenses committed near schools, this could end up being a felony charge.
Current law restricts "premises" to "building or portion of a building." 'The bill expands the definition of "premises" where schools are concerned to include parking areas.
So under SB 173, if you're dropping your child off at school and you have your hunting rifle or shotgun in your car or truck, you could be a felon. It doesn't matter whether your firearm is loaded or unloaded, broken down, or locked in your trunk. If you're a CHL and you're attending your son or daughter's high school football game, you could no longer leave your handgun locked in your car if it's parked in a lot where other people attending the same event are parked.
SB 173 has far-reaching consequences. There are countless instances where law-abiding citizens could be impacted by this bill. So far no hearing has been scheduled on the bill, but people are encouraged to contact Sen. Harris' office and register their concerns. To view the bill, go to http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlo/legi ... status.htm
This is how the bill was explained to me and we do need to see that it doesn't affect law-abiding citizens.
Using the link below you can contact your own state senator. You can also go to the "By City" and then go to "A" for Arlington and email Senator Harris on this matter. Again, be polite but state your opposition.