Concealed guns allowed in government buildings

Last Updated by Patrick Driscoll on

A new state law that went into effect Sept. 1 apparently allows the concealed carry of handguns in city halls and other government buildings, even if they house secure areas such as courtrooms.

In a memo obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, Gov. Greg Abbott informed Attorney General Ken Paxton that city, county and agency leaders must allow concealed-handgun license holders to carry their weapons into government buildings.

Under the law, state and local governments only can ban concealed guns in buildings that fall into a narrow "gun-free" category, including courthouses, polling places, hospitals, public schools, airports and racetracks.

See Memo