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Relating to provisions governing the carrying of a firearm by a
person who is 21 years of age or older and not otherwise prohibited
by state or federal law from possessing the firearm and to other
provisions related to the carrying, possessing, transporting, or
storing of a firearm or other weapon; creating criminal offenses.
The fiscal implications of the bill cannot be determined at this time due to a lack of reliable information to
provide a reasonably sound basis for estimating the impact of the bill on the number of license to carry
applications and due to the number of cases of noncompliance resulting in penalty revenue, costs, fines and
fees being unknown.
HB 1927 would abolish the requirement for citizens to obtain a permit in order to open or conceal carry a handgun. Additionally, the bill allows a police officer to temporarily confiscate an individual's firearm he or she believes it's necessary, provided they return the firearm before discharging the person from the scene so long as they are not a threat or the situation ends in an arrest. The bill also changes the level of a criminal trespass with a firearm or other weapon to a Class C Misdemeanor, and a Class A Misdemeanor if the trespasser had personally been told to leave but didn't.
Additionally, the bill requires individuals to keep their handguns holstered or contained while in public. The bill prohibits the visible carrying of a handgun practically anywhere on a public or private institute of higher education or amusement park.
Several additional beneficial provisions included in this bill are also the subject of other bills which we have already published analysis on.