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Greg Abbott tells mayors they can't ban guns in city halls

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 DarkKnightNomeD    2,152

Greg Abbott tells mayors they can't ban guns in city halls


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AUSTIN -- Texas mayors cannot prohibit the concealed carry of handguns in city halls and other government buildings even if they contain security-sensitive areas such as courtrooms, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

Abbott, the former attorney general, last month told his successor Ken Paxton that under a new law that went into effect Sept. 1, city, county and agency leaders must allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into government buildings.

The Abbott memo was sent in response to letters from Hays and Tom Green County officials asking Paxton to clarify when and where they can continue to ban concealed carry in their facilities. News of the memo was first reported by Austin's Community Impact Newspaper.

Under the new law, state and local governments only can ban concealed guns in buildings that fall into a narrow "gun-free" category, including courthouses, polling places, hospitals, public schools, airports and racetracks. Austin Mayor Steve Adler has interpreted that to mean he can ban guns in all of City Hall because the building hosts court proceedings.

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 YourMom2    1,359

From the comments:

A license holder carrying a concealed handgun (or visibly holstered handgun on or after January 1, 2016) can legally carry into the Texas Capitol building and into all of the offices of the executive branch. In fact having a handgun license will allow an individual to skip the metal detector line at the Capitol.

Requirements for CHL in TX

  1. Be 21 years old. (Members and former members of the armed forces must be 18.)
  2. Have a clean criminal history, including military service and recent juvenile records.
  3. Not be under a protective order.
  4. Not be chemically dependent.
  5. Not be of unsound mind.
  6. Not be delinquent in paying fines, fees, child support, etc.
  7. Be eligible to purchase a handgun by completing the NICS check.
  8. Complete required training.


Not sure of the vetting process of numbers 4 and 5.

Not having to wait in line is a good enough reason to get the license!



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