A law that would make it illegal to knowingly possess a firearm while committing a crime has been introduced in the Texas House.
The bill, SB 11, was introduced by State Representative Benford (D-Dallas) in response to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) new policy allowing concealed carry of firearms in public spaces.
The policy has sparked controversy, however, as the policy allows law enforcement to enforce certain laws even when carrying a gun openly in public places, such as schools, restaurants, or bars.
The DPS policy has caused many Texas residents to question whether law enforcement should be allowed to carry weapons in public, even in private.
But the Texas law, SB11, has received a lot of attention from gun control advocates in the state and across the country.
A bill to allow the carrying of concealed weapons in schools was introduced last year by Rep. Benford.
SB11 would prohibit a person from knowingly possessing a firearm in a school facility while committing the crime of a felony.
Under SB11 and similar state laws, law enforcement officers may not use force or force with an unlawful purpose, such the carrying or use of a firearm.
This provision, known as “the law tactical folder,” allows law-abiding Texans to protect themselves from criminals with concealed carry weapons.
SB 11 would make law enforcement officials responsible for obtaining a valid concealed carry license and paying for the training necessary for carrying a concealed weapon in public.
The law is currently being considered by the House Criminal Justice Committee.
The House Judiciary Committee is also considering the bill.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on SB11 on Tuesday.
The Texas law would make a person guilty of a crime if he or she knowingly carries a firearm for the purpose of committing a felony and the gun is used to commit a crime or to inflict bodily harm.
The felony charge would carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The bill also allows law enforcers to confiscate firearms when the possession of a weapon is not necessary for the protection of life or property.
The act states that the person cannot own or possess firearms, but can only carry them with his or her own permission.
The person may not possess a weapon that has been declared to be inoperable by the manufacturer or that has expired.
The law also allows a person who is convicted of a criminal offense and is in possession of weapons in violation of the law to be subject to the same restrictions that would apply to a convicted felon.
The House bill is now awaiting Senate approval.
The Texas Senate is currently considering SB11.
The legislation is expected to pass both chambers.