Statewide officials and lawmakers would be allowed to carry concealed handguns into sporting events, bars, churches and hospitals under a proposed law.
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee approved the bill on Friday.
Holders of concealed handgun permits are currently not allowed to carry their weapons into places that serve alcohol, sporting events, hospitals or churches. Judges and prosecutors are presently exempt from the limitation. This bill would expand that.
Seven state senators drafted the bipartisan bill, with Houston Sen. Dan Patrick as the lead author. It will now go to the full Senate for a vote.