After taking some heat for quietly exempting themselves from the law on concealed carry, state lawmakers decided to revisit the bill.
And they did end up changing it. Now, they’ve just not exempted themselves, but all members of Congress, too.
Earlier this week, lawmakers added language into a bill that was designed to levy penalties for keeping guns out of public buildings where they should be allowed. The new language said the nine statewide elected officials and all 150 members of the Legislature who held concealed handgun licenses could carry their guns anywhere in Texas.
Under state law, CHL holders are prohibited from carrying guns into a handful of public places, including bars, sporting events, schools and federal buildings. Also excluded are privately-owned buildings that have a no-weapons sign posted.
When the bill author, Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, came back with the bill, some of his colleagues were upset, including Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas.