Tribpedia: Guns In Texas

Texas is a gun-friendly state where lawmakers have been historically reluctant to restrict citizens' rights to own and carry firearms.

Firearms can be sold to anyone but minors, those known to have criminal intentions, and people who are intoxicated.

Use is barred in public places, across city streets, and in other situations.

Possession is legal except in specified places (churches ...

Nobel Laureate Becomes Reluctant Anti-Gun Leader

Nobel Prize-Winning physicist Steven Weinberg told the Faculty Council at the University of Texas at Austin that he will attempt to ban guns from his classroom this fall, regardless of UT's policy.
Nobel Prize-Winning physicist Steven Weinberg told the Faculty Council at the University of Texas at Austin that he will attempt to ban guns from his classroom this fall, regardless of UT's policy.

UT-Austin Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg has emerged as a leader, albeit a reluctant one, for faculty who oppose allowing guns in their classrooms after saying he will try to prevent students who want to carry handguns from taking his courses. 

Members of Open Carry Texas at the state Capitol on Jan. 26, 2015.
Members of Open Carry Texas at the state Capitol on Jan. 26, 2015.

New Texas Handgun Law Is Confusing for Many, Senators Hear

Though there have been no major incidents related to the new state law allowing the open carry of handguns, local officials and business owners are still struggling to interpret some of the law's requirements. At a hearing Tuesday, lawmakers discussed the possibility of tinkering with some of the law's provisions.

Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.
Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.

Nobel Laureate Professor: I'm Banning Guns in My UT Classroom

A Nobel Prize-winning physicist at the University of Texas at Austin declared Monday that he will try to ban guns from his classroom this fall, even if university rules and state law say he can't. Steven Weinberg, who won the top prize in science in 1979, said at the university's faculty council meeting that he understands the decision could leave him vulnerable to a lawsuit.

The San Antonio Zoo is one of several across Texas struggling to navigate new gun laws in the state.
The San Antonio Zoo is one of several across Texas struggling to navigate new gun laws in the state.

Texas Zoos Struggle to Limit Guns Under New Laws

Zoos that want to limit firearms on their property are walking a legal tightrope under a pair of new Texas gun laws, and complaints have already been filed against zoos in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth over their efforts to limit weapons on their grounds.

An open carry sign posted at the entrance to the DoubleTree Hotel in Austin on Dec. 21, 2015.
An open carry sign posted at the entrance to the DoubleTree Hotel in Austin on Dec. 21, 2015.

As Open Carry Takes Effect, Officials Predict Lawsuits

The state’s roughly 826,000 handgun license holders, who previously had to keep their firearms concealed, can now carry them openly in a hip or shoulder holster. Across Texas, law enforcement officials, city leaders and business owners are bracing for lawsuits.

Revisit Our God & Governing Series

In the 2015 Texas legislative session, state lawmakers frequently used their religious beliefs to defend their policymaking. Take a look back at "God & Governing," our documentary-style series on the role lawmakers' personal faith played in their legislating. 

Organizer Murdoch Pizgatti addresses event attendees, media, and protesters a few hours before the theatrical mock mass shooting event that took place on UT Austin campus in opposition to Gun-Free Zones.
Organizer Murdoch Pizgatti addresses event attendees, media, and protesters a few hours before the theatrical mock mass shooting event that took place on UT Austin campus in opposition to Gun-Free Zones.

Mock Shootings, Sex Toys Mark UT Gun Protests

Gun rights activists held a mock shooting at the University of Texas Saturday to protest new rules for carrying weapons on campus, while counter-protesters waved sex toys and made farting sounds to try to ridicule them.

On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.
On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.

UT-Austin Panel: Ban Guns in Dorms, But Not Classrooms

A task force at the University of Texas at Austin has recommended guns be prohibited in residence halls, at sporting events and in certain laboratories. But the suggestions, issued in a report Thursday, do not call for banning handguns in classrooms. 

“Come and Take It San Antonio!” gun rights rally at The Alamo, San Antonio, Oct. 19, 2013.
“Come and Take It San Antonio!” gun rights rally at The Alamo, San Antonio, Oct. 19, 2013.

UT-Austin: Fake Mass Shooting Not Welcome on Campus

A Texas gun rights group plans to hold a fake mass shooting demonstration Saturday near the University of Texas to protest gun-free zones. The group had planned to hold the event on campus but decided to move it just off campus after the university warned that demonstrators could face criminal trespassing charges.

Video: The Future of Criminal Justice Policy

On 10/6, I talked about the future of criminal justice policy in Texas with Derek Cohen of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Effective Justice; state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, vice chairman of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee; Douglas Smith, a policy analyst at the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition; and State Rep. James White, R-Woodville, the vice chairman of the House Corrections Committee.

Gov. Greg Abbott signs an open-carry bill passed by the state Legislature at Red’s Indoor Range, a gun store and shooting range in Pflugerville, Texas, on June 13, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs an open-carry bill passed by the state Legislature at Red’s Indoor Range, a gun store and shooting range in Pflugerville, Texas, on June 13, 2015.

At Shooting Range, Abbott Signs "Open Carry" Bill

In a bill-signing ceremony at a popular Central Texas gun store, Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday praised pro-gun groups and lawmakers for helping Texas ensure that the Second Amendment is alive and well in the Lone Star State.