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New gun laws to take effect September 1st

By: Darra Cunningham/ Edited by Paige Hubbard 

Churches, public schools, and even foster homes will be affected by the new gun laws set to take place on September 1st.

Several new laws were passed in the 86th Texas Legislature. The laws are set to loosen restrictions on where you can carry a gun.

Since college campuses were on that list, NTV Houston visited Texas Southern University to see how the campus felt about the new laws.

Journalism professor Clifford McBean believes that this could actually cause more issues.

“It almost encourages the nut cases to come out the woodworks to say, oh I can get a gun now, I think if the laws are going to be more lenient, then the background checks need to be more stringent, so at least you have a better idea about who the gun owners are,” said the professor.

In the year 2000, over 200 thousand Texans held a license to carry, by 2018 that number swelled to over a million.

“With all these mass shootings, and these deaths and fatalities in school areas and the recent one in Walmart, I don’t feel that we need to be more lenient, we need to be more strict on the laws, and making sure people are carrying them when they need to carry them and not are just walking around aimlessly when they have a gun,” said student Khaniya Barely.

One law requires landlords to allow tenants to carry firearms. In another, citizens will no longer be charged with a crime when carrying a handgun without a license. This also applies to mandatory evacuations like hurricane Harvey.

“When Hurricane Harvey was here, I had my daughter with me, so yes I would love to have it with me just in case. A gun can scare people off, I have to think about protecting my life because I have another life to protect too,” said one student at TSU.

You can view the full list of gun laws with the link below.

https://guides.sll.texas.gov/gun-laws

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