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TX – SELF-PROTECTION – Texas to loosen firearm laws, allowing guns in churches and on school grounds (VIDEO)

A series of new firearm laws will go into effect in Texas next month — further loosening gun restrictions in a state that’s had four of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. The laws — passed before a gunman massacred 22 people and injured dozens in El Paso last weekend — will make it easier to have guns in a state with some of the most lax weapons restrictions in the nation. Here are the key firearm laws going into effect on September 1: Weapons on school grounds – House Bill 1143 says a school district cannot prohibit licensed gun owners, including school employees, from storing a firearm or ammunition in a locked vehicle on a school parking lot — provided they are not in plain view. Marshals at schools – House Bill 1387 loosens restrictions on how many armed school marshals a school district can appoint. Guns in foster homes – House Bill 2363 allows some foster homes to store firearms and ammunition in a safe and secure place for personal protection. Proper storage must be followed, the bill says, including putting firearms and ammunition together in the same locked locations. It also goes into effect on September 1. Weapons in apartments – House Bill 302 bans homeowners or landlords of rental property from prohibiting residents from lawfully possessing, carrying, transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition in the property.  [full article]

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