Currently, Section 37 of the Education Code does not include parking lots and parking garages in the list of premises on which a person is prohibited from intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possessing a firearm. As a result, the language does not specifically allow for a District Attorney to prosecute a person possessing a firearm on school property not defined as the premises, such as parking lots.
C.S.H.B. 2112 would add language to include the prohibition of possession of a firearm if a person intentionally exhibits, uses, or threatens to exhibit or use a firearm in a manner intended to cause alarm or personal injury to another person or to damage school property in or on any property, including a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area, that is owned by a private or public school, or on a school bus being used to transport children to or from school-sponsored activities of a private or public school.
Subsection (a)(1) is added to describe the property of the school, including a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area, that is own by a private or public school. The bill strikes language relating to the commission of an offense if a person interferes with the normal use of a building or portion of a campus.
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RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please contact members of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice and ask them to pass C.S.H.B. 2112
Chair: Sen. John Whitmire
Vice Chair: Sen. Kel Seliger
Members: Sen. John Carona, Sen. Bob Deuell, Sen. Rodney Ellis, Sen. Glenn Hegar, Sen. Juan Hinojosa
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