Some new Texas laws are coming into effect starting on September 1, 2019. It is helpful to be aware of the new laws that our legislators have put into place. Here are some of the laws that are now on the books.
More Lenient Gun Laws
There are 10 new pro-Second Amendment bills that were passed by the Texas legislature this year. Some of these new laws include:
- Texans who own firearms legally will be allowed to carry them in public following the declaration of a state or natural disaster. The law addresses concerns that Harvey victims were forced to leave their guns behind when they evacuated following the storm.
- Texas licensed firearm owners can carry weapons into a church or place of worship unless they are given notice that the action is banned. Places of worship may still choose to ban guns from their sites.
- Landlords cannot prevent tenants from having legal firearms on their property.
- Schools cannot ban firearms that are stored in a locked vehicle.
Brass Knuckles Will be Legal
It will now be legal to carry brass knuckles in Texas. House Bill 446 lifts a previous ban on carrying brass knuckles and other self defense items such as clubs and kitty key chains. You will now be allowed to carry these items in public.
Texas Raises Legal Smoking Age to 21
Following suit with many other states across the country, Texas will ban smoking to anyone under the age of 21. This means that anyone under the age of 21 cannot possess, use, or purchase cigarettes or any other tobacco product in the state. You will need to be 18 years of age to purchase cough syrup or any product that contains dextromethorphan.
Increased Penalties for Porch Thieves
The increase of package delivery has also caused an alarming increase in package thefts from porches. Starting in September, the penalties for being found guilty of porch package theft will increase. It is now a Texas felony to steal from fewer than 10 people. Those who are guilty of stealing from 20 to 50 people face a second-degree felony and more than 50 addresses will be a first-degree felony with up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
No More Spoofing
Spoofing is the name given to the practice of telemarketers who use fake phone numbers to try to fool consumers. The new telemarketer law makes it illegal for telemarketers to use false phone numbers. They cannot transmit misleading caller identification information or misrepresent the origin of the telemarketing call. Pundits wonder how effective this law will actually be given most spam calls originate out of the country.
Kids can Have Lemonade Stands
A new law taking effect on September 1 prohibits cities and counties from banning children’s lemonade stands. The cities or counties cannot place a ban in effect and cannot enforce an existing ban on kid’s lemonade stands to sell non-alcoholic beverages on private property or in public parks.
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