Last updated on August 14, 2019
A bill allowing firearms in church has received preliminary approval from the Texas House.
According to the Texas Tribune, this piece of legislation (Senate Bill 535) was introduced by Republican Senator Donna Campbell. The intent of this bill is to provide clarity of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion, which stated that if a church does not give an oral / written notice restricting handguns, a licensed owner can carry one on church property.
Campbell also stated that the bill will change the way places of worship are treated. The Attorney General told the Texas Tribune:
This bill provides clarity of the Legislature’s intent to treat church and houses of worship in the same manner as other privately owned establishments in Texas.
The bill has not received final approval and will be sent off to the Governor. The Texas Tribune stated that this legislation was suggested by several Texas lawmakers after a 2017 shooting in Sutherland Springs, where 26 people were killed. According to CBS Austin, Stephen Willeford was a citizen who attempted to stop the gunman, shooting at him and helping to chase him down.
“At the church, who took care of the problem initially?” Campbell said. “A good guy with a gun.”
According to the San Antonio Current, the Sutherland Springs shooting was the worst in the state of Texas’ history. The bill also doesn’t limit a church’s ability to restrict licensed handgun owners from carrying on the grounds. Senator Campbell believes that this bill may help to prevent something like the Sutherland Springs shooting from happening again.
Those with evil intentions will violate the law and carry out their heinous acts no what. We never want to see another tragedy like Sutherland Springs, and we may not have to if we stop disarming the good guys.
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