UPDATE: Texas AG wins against Austin City Hall

Travis County district court ruled Austin cannot ban guns inside City Hall

Published Sunday, January 20, 2019 12:00 pm
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

UPDATE: The Travis County district court has ruled that the City of Austin's gun ban inside City Hall was in direct violation of Texas' open carry law and has ordered the city to pay $9000 for six documented violations, at a fine of $1500 each. The case had been in litigation since 2016.

Michael Cargill had filed the original complaint against the city because it was violating the open carry law, causing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to file the lawsuit in 2016. It finally concluded with Thursday's decision. Afterward, Cargill celebrated by walking into Austin City Hall, proudly open carrying his holstered pistol.

He was quoted during the visit, "We won. I'm very happy. I'm now in Austin City Hall, the first license holder to be able to carry a handgun in the building,"

AG Ken Paxton then released the following statement:

"The district court’s ruling preserves and protects the Second Amendment rights of Texans and sends a strong message to the city of Austin that they are bound by the same laws as all other Texans. The city of Austin cannot violate the open carry law or any other law the Texas Legislature has enacted simply because they disagree with it. If the city of Austin appeals the district court’s decision, my office will continue to strongly defend the right of law-abiding Texans to keep and bear arms in accordance with our handgun laws."

The city has not yet commented on whether it will appeal the ruling.