A handful of Democrats, including House Public Education Chair Harold Dutton, joined almost all Republican lawmakers in the Texas House Thursday to pass HB 1927—which would allow concealed carry of handguns without a license. The bill now heads to the Senate.
On second reading, a simple amendment from Rep. Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) to provide more safety and efficiency for schools was voted down on a mainly party-line vote. As it stands in law now, you can’t bring guns on to school properties, even with a Concealed Handgun License. However, HB 1927 lists a defense to prosecution for violating that prohibition that the gun holder in question must have been told orally that permitless carry on school property is not allowed. Thierry and Rep. Dan Huberty worked on an amendment on third reading that was accepted that allowed written communication to serve the purpose of notification, saving school personnel from having to orally confront gun-toting citizens.