Handgun Licensees in Texas Churches

Yes, We can carry in Church!

Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA)
Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA)
Texas State Rifle Association
Texas State Rifle Association

Houston, TX -(AmmoLand.com)- In 1995 when CHL law passed, Penal Code 46.035, Unlawful Carrying of Handgun By License Holder, prohibited license holders from carrying in church.

(b)(4) on the premises of a church, synagogue, or other established place of religious worship.

In 1997, the Legislature added line (i) to PC 46.035 which reversed the prohibition on churches and certain other locations such as “governmental meetings”.

Subsection (i) reads:

(i)Subsections (b)(4), (b)(5), (b)(6) and (c) do not apply if the actor was not given effective notice under Section 30.06.

This allowed churches to be treated as they are, as private property. A church has been able to post PC 30.06 since 1997.

Effective notice could also mean that a person in authority representing the church asked the licensee to leave. The net result is Texans have had access to this important form of personal protection in church for over a decade.

The last attempt to prohibit licensees from carrying in church was during the 1999 Legislative session.

Pastor Willard Rother, a Lutheran minister, testified against the bill saying the peace of God was not disturbed by law-abiding citizens exercising their right to personal protection. He also told the committee that he did not need help from the State of Texas with managing his church or his congregation.

The measure to reinstate the prohibition never received a committee vote and that was that.

Most Texas licensees enjoy the right to carry including the opportunity to carry at church if they chose. Again, this has been possible for over a decade.

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Alice Tripp
Legislative Director
Texas State Rifle Association
the NRA state affiliate

About Texas State Rifle Association

The Mission of the Texas State Rifle Association is to protect and defend the inalienable rights of the individual Texan to acquire, possess, transport, carry, transfer ownership and enjoy the right to lawful use of firearms for self preservation, for the defense of family and property and the common defense of the Republic and the individual liberties of the people.

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Ernest Boggs Sr

The first part of your letter was good by encouraging people to get their Concealed Carry license in Texas, but the rest of your letter sucks. You gave away your racist attitude and beliefs. Why would you want the blacks to have “priceless” looks on their faces. Racism is a learned defect, usually learned from our parents. My parents were both racist up until they got personally acquainted with several families of blacks that moved into the apartments they lived in. Once they met them, they fell for them. My parents were getting older and the younger men would help… Read more »


Carry your firearm with you everyday,wherever you can,whenever you can. If you ain’t got a TX CHL,get it ! Join the TSRA too ! Last but not least fly your Confederate Battle Flag high and proud ! (The expression on the faces of most negroes when they drive by my house and see mine is priceless) Fly your Texas State Lone Star Flag right alongside it too. We’re Texan,we’re Southern and we’re proud ! No more mollycoddling negroes,wetbacks,and Yankee politicians from them Yankee states who can’t even take care of themselves !


And the last part of your comment just leave me shaking my head.