AG Paxton issues opinion clarifying guns in Texas churches

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In an effort to clarify a new law that went into effect Sept. 1 regarding security teams in Texas churches, Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a legal opinion stating licensed handgun owners can legally carry loaded weapons into a church as long as the church does not have signs posted banning weapons.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked Paxton for the response after the Sutherland Springs church massacre “so that churches may know what legal options they have to improve security.”

Senate Bill 2065 also exempts churches from state fees if they decided to implement their own security forces. According to the law, churches qualify for the fee exemption as long as the person providing volunteer security services “may not wear a uniform or badge” that contains the word “security” or gives the appearance that they are a peace officer.

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