Austin-born Democratic Texas Senator, Sarah Eckhardt, has made a proposal that would make it illegal to display a firearm while attending, or within 500 feet of, a public demonstration.

"The firearm restriction is in addition to an existing law that makes it illegal to use profane language, to use offensive gestures, use chemical or noxious odors, or to make threats, among other things." KFOX14 News reports.

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The proposal to make firearms illegal at public demonstrations is located within Senate Bill 311 which you can read in its entirety here.

According to the KFOX 14 News report, the bill proposal is a "direct result of the armed protests that were held outside the Texas State Capitol over the weekend."

The proposed bill includes making the offense a Class C misdemeanor.

According to, a Class C misdemeanor penalty for a Class C misdemeanor typically includes, "A fine of up to $500. Paying this fine is an admission of guilt. There is no jail time for a conviction. This makes Class C misdemeanors different from all other misdemeanors and felonies. However, Class C misdemeanors can be enhanced IF, "the charge is for disorderly conduct or public intoxication, and the defendant has 3 prior offenses of either in the past 2 years, or it was done out of prejudice or bias against someone, or drugs were used to commit the offense.


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