Though Texas gun laws are some of the least restrictive in the nation, the laws will make it easier to possess guns in places of worship like churches, mosques and synagogues, apartment buildings, foster homes and public school grounds.
The laws were passed in Texas Legislature’s last session, which concluded in June. The National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, lobbied for all 10 of the bills.
House Bill 3231 “curbs the ability of municipalities” to restrict gun sales at the city level.
“The bill is an attempt to punish local officials who are taking steps to prevent gun violence,” said a statement from gun control organization Everytown in April.
The NRA said in June the sessions that led to the passing of these bills were “very productive.”
Days after these ten bills were signed into law, legislation was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott that permits more teachers to be armed on public school campuses. It followed a shooting at a school near Houston that left 10 dead.