HB 3016

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

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Matt Schaefer
Matt Krause
Mike Lang
Mayes Middleton
Tom Oliverson


Charles Anderson
Trent Ashby
Keith Bell
Kyle Biedermann
DeWayne Burns
Briscoe Cain
Terry Canales
Travis Clardy
John Cyrier
Drew Darby
Dan Flynn
John Frullo
Charlie Geren
Ryan Guillen
Cody Harris
Cole Hefner
Dan Huberty
Todd Hunter
Brooks Landgraf
Ben Leman
Will Metcalf
Rick Miller
Jim Murphy
Andrew Murr
Leo Pacheco
Tan Parker
Dennis Paul
Hugh Shine
Phil Stephenson
Jonathan Stickland
Valoree Swanson
Ed Thompson
Tony Tinderholt
Steve Toth
Gary VanDeaver
James White
Terry Wilson
John Wray
Bill Zedler
John Zerwas

Bill Caption

Relating to the carrying of a firearm by a licensee in a motor vehicle.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 3016 would dispense with a nonsensical loophole in the law which could result in the prosecution of a person who holds a license to carry a handgun if the licensee is in a vehicle and a holstered handgun is in view but not on the licensee's person. This bill would stipulate that it is an exception to the unlawful carry statute if the handgun is in view while "in a holster, and the handgun and the license holder were in a motor vehicle."

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action recommends supporting HB 3016 because it promotes our principles of individual liberty, property rights, and limited government. This bill would help protect the 2nd Amendment rights of gun owners by allowing them to have their handgun in a holster that they are not wearing while driving a vehicle. Absent this legislation, a person licensed to carry a handgun may be prosecuted if their holstered weapon is visible in their vehicle and they are not wearing their holster. There are any number of reasons why a person may not want to wear their holstered weapon while driving, including for basic comfort reasons. This bill would prevent law abiding handgun licensees from being prosecuted for something that should not constitute an offense in the first place. 

Organizations Supporting

Log Cabin Republicans of Texas
Republican Party of Texas