House Bill 681, sponsored by state Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), had been set on Monday's House Calendar for consideration. But as is sometimes the case, especially during the last few weeks of session, the House did not complete work on all the bills slated for action today. So all measures on today's calendar that were not taken up, including HB 681, will carry over to tomorrow. HB 681 would prevent employers from enacting and enforcing policies to prohibit employees from storing firearms in their locked private motor vehicles while parked at work. Texas gun owners should not have to worry about being fired for lawfully storing a firearm in their personal vehicle, should they choose to carry a handgun for self-defense during their daily commutes or transport firearms to and from their hunting leases or local shooting ranges.
The sponsor still plans to substitute Senate Bill 321, the companion measure sponsored by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), for HB 681 since it is has already passed in the Senate and has moved over to the House. Make sure to call and send another e-mail message to your state Representative tomorrow and let him or her know how important it is to you and fellow NRA members that this bill pass this session. Contact information for your state Representative can be found at www.house.state.tx.us/members/.