AG Paxton: Austin should comply with Texas' open carry law

AG Paxton: Austin should comply with Texas’ open carry law

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Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. AUSTIN (KXAN) — Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office recently asked a Travis County district court to require the city of Austin to allow residents to lawfully carry firearms in City Hall, as required by state law, according to a release from the AG’s office. "The city of Austin cannot defy Texas’ licensed carry laws, or any state law enacted by the Texas Legislature, simply because it disagrees with the law or feels like ignoring it," said Paxton. "I will always vigilantly protect and preserve the Second Amendment rights of Texas and I’m hopeful the Travis County district court will uphold Texas’ open carry law passed by the people’s representatives.” Paxton previously filed a lawsuit against the city after a resident with a concealed gun permit reported being turned away from City Hall, according to the release. Under state law, the city of Austin can be fined $1,500 a day for more than 500 days during which it has not allowed license holders to bring handguns into City Hall. The attorney general’s legal team asked the Travis County district court to impose a fine of over $750,000. While Texas law prohibits bringing firearms into courtrooms or court offices, the exemption does not apply to Austin City Hall. Even if a building has a courtroom, guns must be allowed in parts of the building that aren’t exclusive to courthouse functions.

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