Late last night, the Texas House approved on second-reading SB 535, which permits concealed-carry holders to carry their sidearms in churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship. The bill strikes one line from the state’s penal code that prohibits concealed-carry in places of worship.
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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