New gun laws to take effect one day after shootings in Odessa

Posted at 8:44 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 22:10:44-04

On August 31, five people were killed and 21 were injured after a gunman terrorized the City of Odessa. Starting September 1, 10 pro-Second Amendment bills will take effect.

The Texas Legislature passed 10 pro-Second Amendment bills during the 2019 session.

  • No permit or background checks are required for private gun sales, including gun shows.
  • You don't need a permit to buy handguns in Texas.
  • At 18 years old, you're allowed to buy a long arm, and at 21 years old you can by a handgun.
  • If you buy a gun from a store, you must pass a background check.
  • Texas allows for concealed carry and is considered a "shall issue" state. That means law enforcement can't stop you from getting a permit if you meet the requirements.
  • Concealed carry permits are issued by the Department of Public Safety. To get one, applicants must take a 4-6 hour training course, pass a written exam and a shooting proficiency demo.
  • If you're a convicted felon, have misdemeanor convictions, pending criminal charges, chemical or alcohol addiction, certain psychological diagnoses or restraining orders you won't be able to obtain that concealed carry license.
  • In Texas, gun owners have no limit for handgun capacity and no mandatory waiting period for handgun purchases.

These are among the new laws that will take effect on Sept. 1 :

  • Texans who legally own firearms will be able to carry them in public after a state or natural disaster is declared. The law came after complaints Harvey victims weren't able to take their guns during mandatory evacuations.
  • Licensed handgun holders can legally carry in places of worship unless given “effective oral or written notice” or warning that weapons were banned from the property. Places of worship will still be able to ban weapons.
  • Landlords won't be able to ban renters from having guns in their apartments.

School districts can no longer ban the possession of firearms that are stored in locked vehicles.

  • School districts can no longer ban the possession of firearms that are stored in locked vehicles.