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                                 Senate Bill 321 (82nd Leg. R.S.)

  • Senate Bill 321 amends the Labor Code to prohibit a public or private
    employer from prohibiting an employee who holds a concealed handgun
    license issued by the Department of Public Safety or who otherwise lawfully
    possesses a firearm or ammunition from transporting or storing a firearm or
    ammunition the employee is lawfully authorized to possess in a locked,
    privately owned motor vehicle in a parking area the employer provides for
    employees, with certain exceptions.

  • The bill specifies that the prohibition does not prohibit an employer from
    prohibiting an employee who holds a concealed handgun license, or who
    otherwise lawfully possesses a firearm, from possessing a firearm the
    employee is otherwise authorized by law to possess on the premises of the
    employer's business. “Premises” has the meaning provided in Penal Code
    Section 46.035(f)(3).

  • The bill provides immunity from civil liability for a public or private
    employer or the employer's principal, officer, director, employee, or agent
    for any damages resulting from or arising out of an occurrence involving a
    firearm or ammunition transported or stored in accordance with the bill's
    provisions, except in cases of gross negligence, and establishes that such
    immunity does not limit or alter the personal liability of an individual or
    employee who engages in certain actions involving a firearm or ammunition.

  • The bill amends Section 411.203 of the Government Code (which addresses
    the rights of employers to prohibit employees from carrying on the premises
    of the business) to incorporate the definition of “premises” provided in Penal
    Code Section 46.035(f)(3)).

    Under State law, TXDPS must conduct a fingerprint based State and FBI
    Criminal History background check as part of the application process for
    both original and renewal applicants.  TXDPS will resubmit renewal
    applicants’ existing fingerprints for background check processing; however,
    if fingerprints on file do not meet current FBI or Texas quality standards
    applicants will be required to submit new fingerprints to complete the
    renewal application process.

    Effective March 1, 2011 all fingerprints must be submitted through
    Electronic Fingerprint Submission using Fast Centers— INDENTO GO.  


  • Fast Centers locations are available across the state of Texas.
  • Locations have various hours of operation, including some services on
  • Applicants have the option to select the location, date and time.

    The Texas House and Senate have adopted the Conference Committee
    report and passed the open carry bill from both houses. HB 910 will now
    go on to Governor Greg Abbott to be signed into law.   The bill, which
    will take effect after being signed by the Governor on January 1, 2016, will
    allow people with Concealed Handgun Licenses to openly carry a
    handgun in a belt or shoulder holster. Should the Campus Carry Bill pass
    on Saturday as expected, licensees will not be able to openly carry a
    handgun on campus.

    Other places where concealed carry is not authorized remains unchanged.

    The so-called “Dutton Amendment” which would prohibit police officers
    from stopping someone openly carrying a handgun solely because they
    were carrying a handgun has been removed by the Conference
    Committee. However, some legislators argued earlier this week that court
    rulings already prohibit such investigatory stops.
Campus Carry
Senate Bill 11 Effective: August 1, 2016

Caption: Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and
certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education;
providing a criminal penalty.

1. Authorizes a license holder to carry a concealed handgun on or about the
license holder's person while the license holder is on the campus of an
institution of higher education or private or independent institution of
higher education in this state. Open carrying of handguns is still prohibited
at these locations.

2. Authorizes an institution of higher education or private or independent
institution of higher education in this state to establish rules, regulation, or
other provisions concerning the storage of handguns in dormitories or other
residential facilities that are owned or leased and operated by the institution
and located on the campus of the institution.

3. Requires the president or other chief executive officer of an institution of
higher education in this state to establish reasonable rules, regulations, or
other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license
holders on the campus or on specific premises located on the campus.

4. Authorizes posting of a sign under Penal Code Section 30.06 with respect
to any portion of a premises on which license holders may not carry.

The effective date of this law for a public junior college is August 1, 2017
       Texas Legislature passes a House Bill 1177 allowing    
open carry of handguns after natural disasters.

    On May 26, 2019, the Texas Legislature passed a bill that would allow
    residents to carry handguns in public for up to a week after a state or
    natural disaster declaration. The State Senate approved the bill, HB 1177,
    by a narrow vote of 16-15, with three Republicans joining all Democrats to
    vote against it. It now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk for final passage.

    Under current Texas law, a "license to carry," or LTC, is required to carry a
    handgun either for concealed or open carry, though no such permit is
    required for long guns such as an AR-15.

    The bill's intent is to allow people to evacuate with their handgun in the
    event of a natural disaster by permitting them to carry handguns openly or
    concealed without an LTC, as long as they are legally allowed to own a