HB 353

84(R) - 2015
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
2nd Amendment

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive


Ken King


DeWayne Burns
Drew Springer

Bill Caption

Relating to the application of certain weapons laws to certain volunteer emergency services personnel licensed to carry a concealed handgun.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 353 would allow a volunteer emergency services personnel to carry a licensed concealed handgun on property where they received notice that entry on the property was forbidden or they have been told to leave the property without immediately departing.  This bill would allow volunteer emergency services personnel, while on duty, to enter premises serving or selling alcohol, schools, sporting events, correctional facilities, hospitals, amusement parks, meetings with governmental entities, and religious establishments with a licensed concealed handgun.

Vote Recommendation Notes

HB 353 would expand individual liberty by allowing volunteer emergency services personnel to continue to protect themselves while on duty.  While we do believe strongly in private property rights, we realize that there are situations where a gun serves as a necessary tool of emergency workers. We therefore support HB 353.