Texas Violence in the Workplace laws & HR compliance analysis

Texas Violence in the Workplace: What you need to know

State law authorizes the use of deadly force in defense of oneself when a person reasonably believes that force is immediately necessary to protect himself or herself (TX Penal Code Sec. 9.31). A person's belief that the force was immediately necessary is presumed to be reasonable if the person knew or had reason to believe that the person against whom the force was used:
• Unlawfully and with force entered, or was attempting to enter unlawfully and with force, the person's occupied habitation, vehicle, or place of business or employment;
• Unlawfully and with force removed, or was attempting to remove unlawfully and with force, the person from the person's habitation, vehicle, or place of business or employment; or
• Was committing or attempting to commit aggravated kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated robbery.
A person's belief that the force was immediately necessary is also presumed to be reasonable if the person did not provoke the person against whom the force was used, and was not otherwise engaged in criminal activity. Under the circumstances described above, a person is not required to retreat before using deadly force.
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Effective September 1, 2021, Texas House Bill 1927 removes the requirement that an individual have a license to carry in order to carry a handgun. The new law allows individuals 21 and older to legally possess firearms and carry handguns in public places without permits and also consolidates the list of places where firearms are prohibited.
Texas law still gives most public and private employers the right to prohibit handguns on their property (other than parking lots, as described below). If employers want to ban guns, ...

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