New Law Would Target “Gun-Free” Businesses – And They Ain’t Gonna Be Happy ‘Bout It

Business owners in Texas who have declared themselves to be gun-free zones may be facing new liability changes. Current gun-free zones prevent legally armed citizens from lawfully carrying their gun in these establishments, opening them up to potential harm from criminals. The new proposal, which will be introduced in the coming session, would open business owners up to lawsuits from patrons.

“Currently, while these gun-free zone businesses possess the right to prevent legally licensed to carry permit holders from carrying a firearm while on their premise, there is no designation of responsibility to provide for the safety of their patrons during an active shooter situation,” said sponsor of the legislation, state Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, as noted by the Dallas Morning News.

While still in the early stages, the bill has been based on one proposed in Tennessee. It would also target areas such as movie theaters, bars, schools, hotels and malls.