However, churches and other houses of worship will be able to prohibit concealed-carry within their walls should they choose to do so.
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) in the House, the bill is designed to help prevent shootings like that at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in 2017 and the Poway synagogue shooting in San Diego earlier this year.
SB 535 passed by voice vote on third reading. It is likely to end up on Governor Greg Abbott’s desk for signature.
The 86th Legislature will officially come to an end on Monday, May 27.
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Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.