HB 489

86(R) - 2019
House Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
House Culture, Recreation, & Tourism

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Drew Springer

Bill Caption

Relating to the use of certain weapons in or on the beds or banks of certain rivers and streams in particular counties.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 489 would make it illegal to discharge a firearm or shoot an arrow from a bow while located on the bank or bed of a navigable river or stream in Hall County. This would add Hall County to a short list of counties with the same prohibition. The bill does provide exceptions for fishing with a bow and for discharging a shotgun (presumably in the course of bird hunting) and stipulates that the bill does not prohibit lawful carry of a handgun on a river bank or bed. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action remains neutral on HB 489. This is a local bill addressed only to the author's district. According to the author's statement of intent this is to address problems caused by people target shooting while using pillars of a bridge as a backstop and causing structural damage to the bridge. 

Organizations Supporting

Game Warden Peace Officers Association