As Texas Mourns Lives Lost In El Paso, The State Will Loosen Its Gun Laws

Aug 8, 2019

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While Texas is still reeling from a mass shooting in El Paso where 22 people were murdered, the state has a plan to loosen gun laws.

As CNN reports, in about three weeks, a raft of new, looser gun laws will go into effect in a state that already has some of the laxest gun laws in the nation.

One law will allow licensed gun owners to store firearms and ammunition on public school grounds in a locked car, as long as the weapons are not in public view.

Another law allows foster homes to keep guns and ammo, as long as they are stored in a “safe and secure place.” 

Another says landlords cannot prohibit their residents from keeping guns in their rented homes, and yet another law allows licensed handgun owners to legally carry guns into places of worship.

The laws were passed before the El Paso tragedy.

Four of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history have occurred in Texas.