S.B. No. 473
  relating to defenses and exceptions to the prosecution of the
  criminal offense of the possession, manufacture, transport,
  repair, or sale of certain prohibited explosive weapons, firearms,
  and related items.
         SECTION 1.  Sections 46.05(a) and (e), Penal Code, are
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally
  or knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, repairs, or
               (1)  any of the following items, unless the item is
  registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer
  Record maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
  Explosives or classified as a curio or relic by the United States
  Department of Justice:
                     (A)  an explosive weapon;
                     (B) [(2)]  a machine gun;
                     (C) [(3)]  a short-barrel firearm; or
                     (D) [(4)]  a firearm silencer;
               (2) [(5)]  knuckles;
               (3) [(6)]  armor-piercing ammunition;
               (4) [(7)]  a chemical dispensing device;
               (5) [(8)]  a zip gun; or
               (6) [(9)]  a tire deflation device.
         (e)  An offense under Subsection (a)(1), [(2),] (3), (4),
  [(6), (7),] or (5) [(8)] is a felony of the third degree.  An offense
  under Subsection (a)(6) [(a)(9)] is a state jail felony.  An offense
  under Subsection (a)(2) [(a)(5)] is a Class A misdemeanor.
         SECTION 2.  Section 46.05(c), Penal Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 3.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the offense was committed,
  and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
  purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
  effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurred
  before that date.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 473 passed the Senate on
  April 20, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 473 passed the House on
  May 11, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 124, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House