AG Paxton asks court to require Austin City Hall to comply with state's open carry law

(Photo: CBS Austin)

Lawyers from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office at a trial this week asked a Travis County district court to require the city of Austin to allow residents to lawfully carry firearms in City Hall.

In July 2016, Paxton filed a lawsuit against the city of Austin after a resident with a concealed gun permit complained of being turned away from City Hall on several occasions.

Paxton's office says that while Texas law prohibits people from bringing firearms into courtrooms or court offices, the exemption does not apply to Austin City Hall.

Even if a building has a courtroom, the AG's office says, guns must be allowed in parts of the building that aren’t exclusive to courthouse functions according to the state's open carry law.

“The city of Austin cannot defy Texas’ licensed carry laws, or any state law enacted by the Texas Legislature, simply because it disagrees with the law or feels like ignoring it,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I will always vigilantly protect and preserve the Second Amendment rights of Texans, and I’m hopeful the Travis County district court will uphold Texas’ open carry law passed by the people’s representatives.”

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