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                                                                  H.B. No. 2027




AN ACT
relating to the use of certain weapons in or on the beds or banks of certain rivers and streams in particular counties; providing a penalty. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Title 7, Parks and Wildlife Code, is amended by adding Chapter 284 to read as follows:
CHAPTER 284. DIMMIT, EDWARDS, FRIO, KENEDY, LLANO, MAVERICK, REAL, UVALDE, AND ZAVALA COUNTIES
Sec. 284.001. DISCHARGE OF FIREARM PROHIBITED. (a) In this section: (1) "Firearm" has the meaning assigned by Section 62.014. (2) "Navigable river or stream" has the meaning assigned by Section 90.001. (b) This section applies only to a navigable river or stream located wholly or partly in Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kenedy, Llano, Maverick, Real, Uvalde, or Zavala County. (c) Except as provided by Subsection (d), a person may not discharge a firearm or shoot an arrow from any kind of bow if: (1) the person is located in or on the bed or bank of a navigable river or stream at the time the firearm is discharged or the arrow is shot from the bow; or (2) any portion of the ammunition discharged or arrow shot could physically contact the bed or bank of a navigable river or stream. (d) This section does not apply to: (1) an individual acting in the scope of the individual's duties as a peace officer or department employee; or (2) the discharge of a shotgun loaded with ammunition that releases only shot when discharged. (e) This section does not limit the ability of a license holder to carry a concealed handgun under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code. SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005. ______________________________ ______________________________ President of the Senate Speaker of the House I certify that H.B. No. 2027 was passed by the House on April 29, 2005, by a non-record vote; that the House refused to concur in Senate amendments to H.B. No. 2027 on May 27, 2005, and requested the appointment of a conference committee to consider the differences between the two houses; and that the House adopted the conference committee report on H.B. No. 2027 on May 29, 2005, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House I certify that H.B. No. 2027 was passed by the Senate, with amendments, on May 25, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; at the request of the House, the Senate appointed a conference committee to consider the differences between the two houses; and that the Senate adopted the conference committee report on H.B. No. 2027 on May 29, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0. ______________________________ Secretary of the Senate APPROVED: __________________ Date __________________ Governor