HB 554

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

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Drew Springer


Charles Anderson
Tony Dale
James Frank
Ryan Guillen
Kyle Kacal
Jim Murphy
Joe Pickett
Ron Simmons
Jason Villalba

Bill Caption

Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of possessing or carrying a weapon in or into the secured area of an airport.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 554 would add a defense to prosecution for individuals with a licensed concealed handgun who have entered a screening checkpoint within a secured area to immediately exit the screening checkpoint without being arrested.

Vote Recommendation Notes

HB 554 would encourage security to use discretion and reasonable judgement in protecting Americans from security threats.  It is unfortunate that we need a law to allow people to leave a screening area without an arrest for carrying licensed handguns, but due to an increase of sensationalized arrests at screening checkpoints HB 554 enactment is warranted.  This bill protects the individual liberty of Texans and has our support.