If Texas Gov. Greg Abbott agrees, government entities that post signs prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns in areas where Texans aren’t prohibited by law from carrying them would be subject to fines up to $1,500 for a first offense and $10,000 for repeat violations. Government officials and agencies could also be held liable for civil damages.
The NRA-backed measure, authored by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), passed both houses by a wide margin and with little debate. Should the pro-gun governor sign SB 273, the Texas attorney general’s office would be responsible for receiving and investigating complaints.