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Relating to carrying a handgun during a state of disaster.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
There are certain places where the lawful carry of a handgun is prohibited during normal circumstances. HB 1177 would temporarily waive some of those prohibitions during a mandatory evacuation order during a disaster. This is to protect individuals exercising their constitutional rights under the 2nd Amendment from being accidentally criminalized by circumstances of a mandatory evacuation order leading to their carrying a handgun in a place where it would ordinarily be a criminal offense to do so.
Texas Action supports HB 1177 because it advances our principles of limited government, individual liberty, and property rights. The bill would prevent accidental over-criminalization of law abiding citizens during a disaster-related mandatory evacuation.