AUSTIN, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) – A bill filed in the Texas senate this week would give Texans the right to carry a gun in a church.
Senate Bill 535, filed by Sen. Donna Campbell, would secure gun rights for those who wish to carry in churches or other places of worship, according to a release.
“We have learned many times over that there is no such thing as a gun free zone. Those with evil intentions will violate the law and carry out their heinous acts no matter what,” Senator Campbell stated. “It makes no sense to disarm the good guys and leave law-abiding citizens defenseless where violent offenders break the law to do great harm.”
However, the bill will not restrict churches from posting 30.06 or 30.07 signage or from their right to prohibit weapons on the church grounds, according to the bill.
Campbell said in a statement that the bill she has filed would bring clarity to an old statute.
“The existing statute is confusing and clunky when it comes to clearly stating the rights of licensed Texans to carry on the premises of a church,” said Senator Campbell. “This bill provides clarity of the Legislature’s intent to treat churches in the same manner as other privately-owned establishments in Texas.”
SB 535 would also lower penalties for licenses citizens who unknowingly carry in prohibited areas but also increase penalties for armed individuals who are told to leave a certain property where weapons are prohibited, and they failed to do so.