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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 535 would codify an attorney general opinion that it is not unlawful for person with a license to carry to possess a handgun in a place of worship unless notice was given under Section 30.006 or 30.07 that it is prohibited.
SB 535 would reduce the penalty for the offense of unlawful carrying of a firearm by a license holder in a established place of religious worship to a Class C misdemeanor (from Class A) punishable by a fine not to exceed $200. The offense can be a Class A misdemeanor if it is shown on the trial of the offense that, after entering the property, the license holder was personally given notice by oral communication under Section 30.06 or 30.07 that entry on the property was forbidden and subsequently failed to depart.
Texas Action supports SB 535 because it supports the principles of limited government and individual liberty. The bill reduces the penalty for those who unlawfully carry a firearm in a prohibited area. The bill still leaves the possibility of a more severe penalty if the individual is asked to depart the property and refuses to do so.