Governor Abbott vetoes HB1168

June 15, 2019 | Austin, Texas | Legislative | Legislative - Veto Statement

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 1168 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

House Bill 1168 would impose an unacceptable restraint on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding travelers.  The Legislature may have intended simply to keep firearms off the tarmac, but the bill as drafted would newly prohibit carrying in any part of the airport terminal building, even ahead of the TSA inspection checkpoint.  By vetoing this bill, I am ensuring that Texans can travel without leaving their firearms at home.  I look forward to working with the next Legislature on the good idea behind this bill.

Since the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 15th day of June, 2019. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

View the Veto Proclamation