Pursuant to Article 2.1305 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, an establishment serving the public may not prohibit or otherwise restrict a peace officer or special investigator from carrying on the establishment’s premises a weapon that the peace officer or special investigator is otherwise authorize to carry, regardless of whether the peace officer or special investigator is engaged in the actual discharge of the officer’s or investigator’s duties while carrying the weapon. 

For purposes of this law: 

  1. “Establishment serving the public” means: 

    1. A hotel, motel, or other places of lodging; 

    2. A restaurant or other place where food is offered for sale to the public; 

    3. A retail business or other commercial establishment or an office building to which the general public is invited; 

    4. A sports venue; and 

    5. Any other place of public accommodation, amusement, convenience, or resort to which the general public or any classification of persons from the general public is regularly, normally, or customarily invited. 

  2. “Sports venue” means an arena, coliseum, stadium, or other type of area or facility that is primarily used or is planned for primary use for one or more professional or amateur sports or athletics events and for which a fee is charged or is planned to be charged for admission to the sports or athletics events, other than occasional civic, charitable, or promotional events. 

If you believe a local business is in violation of this provision you may file a complaint (see button below), or you may call the Texas Attorney General’s office at 1-844-584-3006, or send us an email at [email protected]

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