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  S.B. No. 1236
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the use of certain weapons in or on the bed or bank of a
  navigable river or stream; providing a penalty.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 284.001, Parks and Wildlife Code, is
  transferred to Subchapter B, Chapter 1, Parks and Wildlife Code,
  redesignated as Section 1.014, Parks and Wildlife Code, and amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 1.014 [284.001].  USE OF CERTAIN WEAPONS IN OR ON BED OR
  BANK OF NAVIGABLE RIVER OR STREAM [DISCHARGE OF FIREARM]
  PROHIBITED.  (a)  In this section:
               (1)  "Archery equipment" means a longbow, recurved bow,
  compound bow, or crossbow.
               (2)  "Firearm" has the meaning assigned by Section
  62.014.
               (3)  "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, Hall,
  Kenedy, Llano, Maverick, Real, Uvalde, or Zavala County.
         [(c)]  Except as provided by Subsection (c) [(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.
         (c) [(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;
               (2)  the discharge of a shotgun loaded with ammunition
  that releases only shot when discharged; [or]
               (3)  an individual engaging in fishing using archery
  equipment, if the individual is in compliance with Subsection (e);
               (4)  the discharge of a firearm during the legal taking
  of an alligator; or
               (5)  the discharge of a firearm from the bank of a
  navigable river or stream to take a venomous snake or nonindigenous
  rodent by:
                     (A)  an owner of the land adjacent to or through
  which the navigable river or stream runs; or
                     (B)  an agent of an owner described by Paragraph
  (A) [(f)].
         (d) [(e)]  This section does not limit the ability of a
  license holder to carry a handgun under the authority of Subchapter
  H, Chapter 411, Government Code.
         (e) [(f)]  An individual engaging in fishing using archery
  equipment may not possess while fishing:
               (1)  an arrow equipped with fletching of any kind;
               (2)  an unbarbed arrow; or
               (3)  a bow that is not equipped with a reel and line.
         (f)  A person who violates this section commits an offense
  that is a Class C Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor.
         (g)  If conduct that constitutes an offense under this
  section also constitutes an offense under Title 7, the actor may be
  prosecuted under this section or the other law, but not both.
         SECTION 2.  The heading to Chapter 284, Parks and Wildlife
  Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1236 passed the Senate on
  April 3, 2023, by the following vote: Yeas 29, Nays 1; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendments on May 25, 2023, by the
  following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 1.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1236 passed the House, with
  amendments, on May 19, 2023, by the following vote: Yeas 131,
  Nays 12, two present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor