Bill Lets Lawmakers Carry Guns Where Public Can’t

AUSTIN (AP) – Texas senators have voted to allow legislators and statewide elected officials who are concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into places the rest of the public is not.

The bill by Sen. Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican, would let lawmakers carry their concealed handguns into bars, churches, sporting events and businesses.

Patrick says he is licensed to carry a concealed handgun. The bill also covers federal prosecutors.

The bill passed on a 25-6 vote. Supporters say lawmakers, judges and prosecutors are potential targets for assassins and should be able to carry protection at all times.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

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One Comment

  1. darrell says:

    who is going to protect the public from these people? the last thing we need is a bunch of “elected” officials, most who dont have any common sense, walking around locked and loaded. i can see the headlines now.

    Two elected officials shot and killed each other in local bank after each thought the other was a robber and simultaneously shot and killed each other.

    besides that where would they carry it. all their pockets are allready full of money from lobbyist.

    not a good plan.

    1. can'tfixstupidlegislators says:

      That would eliminate two morons from the gene pool.

  2. Valencia says:


  3. Susan Hart says:

    Not thinking that is even constitutional… With Perry at the helm I see the state of Texas in federal court for years to come!

    1. tsunku says:

      ‘Susan Hart

      Not thinking that is even constitutional… With Perry at the helm I see the state of Texas in federal court for years to come!’

      not constitutional? ever hear of the 2nd amendment? what is unconstitutional are laws forbidding firearms.

  4. Darren says:

    I am all about conceal and carry, and my objection to this has little to with the subject and EVERYTHING to do with unequal treatment under the law. Elected officials are not a ruling class to be afforded rights the rest of us are not.

  5. Richard says:

    I am totally opposed to giving lawmakers any rights that are denied to citizens. What is good for one is good for all.

  6. togwoo says:

    Just goes to prove, its all about who you know. the big brother “do as I say, not as I do” attitudes.

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