Ask the editor: What happened this summer with my Second Amendment rights in Texas?

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The Texas Legislature passed a number of bills concerning the Second Amendment right to bear arms this summer.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1143 on June 10, allowing licensed gun holders to store handguns, firearms and ammunition in their locked cars in school parking areas. Districts and charter schools will not be allowed to prohibit people, including school employees, from this as long as handguns, firearms and ammunition are not in plain view.

Abbott signed Senate Bill 535 on June 7, removing churches, synagogues and established places of religious worship from the list of places where guns are prohibited. Formerly, it was a third-degree felony to carry a gun in these places. Amusement parks, hospitals, bars, jails, and large event venues, such as sports stadiums, are still on the list of places where guns are prohibited.

The new laws take effect Sept. 1.

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Anna Lotz
Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.
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