TASB Risk Management Fund

Update Your Handgun Signs

August 13, 2015 April Mabry

Security Shield

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, House Bill (HB) 910 of the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature requires districts that want to pursue trespass charges specifically relating to openly carried handguns to post notices “in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public at each entrance to the property.” The text prescribed by Texas Penal Code 30.06 (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun) was updated and a new posting under 30.07 (trespass by license holder with openly carried handgun) was created.

As result, a district with the current TASB poster should replace the existing sign and post a second sign if the district intends to pursue these trespass charges.

Both posted signs must include text in contrasting colors with block letters at least one inch in height in both English and Spanish. TASB HR Services posters designed to meet these specifications are available for purchase in the TASB Store.

These posters can only be displayed on buildings or grounds on which a school-sponsored activity takes place and should not be displayed on the perimeter of district property.

Effective September 1, 2015, Senate Bill (SB) 273 prohibits posting of signs under 30.06 on the perimeter of the property. Under the new legislation, districts may be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000–$1,500 for the first violation and $10,000–$10,500 for the second or subsequent violation.

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