ATTORNEY GENERAL

Opinions

Opinion No. KP-0176

The Honorable Dan Patrick

Lieutenant Governor of Texas

Post Office Box 12068

Austin, Texas 78711-2068

Re: Whether handgun license holders may carry handguns on the premises of a church that does not post signs excluding handguns and whether churches are exempt from the private security fees charged to private institutions (RQ-0196-KP)

S U M M A R Y

Unless a church provides effective oral or written notice prohibiting the carrying of handguns on its property, a license holder may carry a handgun on church property as the law otherwise allows.

The regulations of the Private Security Act, including the fees required thereunder, do not apply to Texas churches when providing volunteer security services consistent with the requirements of section 1702.333 of the Occupations Code.

For further information, please access the website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call the Opinion Committee at (512) 463-2110.

TRD-201705385

Amanda Crawford

General Counsel

Office of the Attorney General

Filed: December 22, 2017