HB 14

85(R) - 2017
House Public Health
Senate State Affairs
House Public Health
Senate State Affairs

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Andrew Murr


Sarah Davis
Tom Oliverson
Drew Springer


Robert Nichols

Bill Caption

Relating to the carrying of handguns by license holders on the property of state hospitals; providing a civil penalty.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

HB 14 would allow state hospitals to bar licensed handgun holders from carrying their weapons on the premises of state hospitals.

Vote Recommendation Notes

On the one hand this bill offends our individual liberty principle by creating yet another "gun free zone" restricting where law abiding citizens may carry their firearms. On the other hand these hospitals house a large number of people in "forensic" beds filled by people who are either being treated to restore competency to stand trial or who have been acquitted for reason of insanity. In the case of the Kerrville facility we have been informed that 100% of the beds are forensic. For these reasons we remain neutral on HB 14.