New Laws Effective September 1, 2019

The Texas Legislature has made some recent changes that have gone into effect as of September 1, 2019. It is important to be aware of these law changes in case you need to alter any everyday behavior. Here are some of those changes:

-Legalization of Brass Knuckles

In House Bill 446, the legislature decided to eliminate the term “knuckles” from those subject to the Texas registration requirement. This change from the previous law will allow you to carry these knuckles in public without risk of punishment.

-Texas Raises Legal Smoking Age to 21

Young vapers could have trouble with House Bill 21, making it illegal for those under the age of 21 to purchase/consume nicotine products, including e-cigarettes. While there is an exemption for those in the military, this new law follows a nationwide trend guided towards decreasing tobacco use among young Americans.

-Gun Law Changes

The most important changes in gun laws Texans need to be aware of are:

Texans who own firearms legally will be allowed to carry them in public following the declaration of a state or natural disaster.

Texas licensed firearm owners can carry weapons into a church or place of worship unless they are given notice that the action is banned. Places of worship may still choose to ban guns from their sites.

Landlords cannot prevent tenants from having legal firearms on their property and schools cannot ban firearms that are stored in a locked vehicle.

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