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Relating to imposing a civil penalty for prohibiting or otherwise restricting a peace officer or special investigator from carrying a weapon on certain premises open to the public.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
Article 2.1305 of the Code of Criminal Procedure prohibits an establishment serving the public from prohibiting or restricting a peace officer or special investigator from carrying a weapon on the premises. HB 2164 would subject an establishment that commits the offense to a civil penalty of $1,000 per offense. The attorney general would be authorized to sue to collect the penalty, and such funds would be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the general revenue fund.
Texas Action supports HB 2164 because it promotes our principles of limited government and individual liberty. Creating a civil penalty would provide a mechanism for better enforcing the law against prohibiting a peace officer or special investigator from carrying a weapon on the premises. This would also promote the safety and welfare of the public.