HB 1177

86(R) - 2019
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
Senate State Affairs
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
Senate State Affairs

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive
  • Positive
  • Positive


Dade Phelan
Trent Ashby
Will Metcalf
Steve Toth
James White


Cecil Bell Jr.
Kyle Biedermann
DeWayne Burns
Briscoe Cain
John Frullo
Cole Hefner
Stan Lambert
Brooks Landgraf
Mike Lang
Mayes Middleton
Andrew Murr
Candy Noble
Dennis Paul
Matt Schaefer
Jonathan Stickland


Brandon Creighton

Bill Caption

Relating to carrying a handgun during a state of disaster.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

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.

Vote Recommendation Notes

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.

Organizations Supporting

Game Warden Peace Officers Association
Republican Party of Texas

Organizations Opposed

League of Women Voters of Texas