A slate of new Texas laws that loosen regulations for firearms went into effect Sunday after a month in which the state experienced multiple mass shootings.
The bills, which were passed during the 86th Texas Legislature, ease restrictions surrounding access to guns on school grounds and churches, among other provisions.
House Bill 1143 says that the Texas Education Code will be updated to “prevent school districts from regulating the manner in which a licensed person’s handgun, firearm, or ammunition is stored in their vehicle in a school parking area.”
Meanwhile, Senate Bill 535 clarifies that licensed handgun owners will be permitted to carry firearms in places of worship.
On Saturday, at least five people were killed after an alleged gunman opened fire in West Texas. Authorities said that at least 21 people were injured, including three law enforcement officers.
Just weeks earlier, a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart left 21 people dead.