A bulk of gun law changes took effect in Texas on Sunday, loosening restrictions just one day after a mass shooting near Odessa and Midland left at least 5 people dead. 

The laws open more opportunities for Texans to have firearms and store ammunition in public places.

From churches to public schools to foster homes, the laws also loosen restrictions on where a firearm is permitted.

The laws were already set to take effect Sept. 1 but come just one day after a routine traffic stop on Interstate 20 triggered a deadly shooting rampage.

Police in Texas say the incident began at 3:13 p.m. CDT Saturday when an assailant described only as a white male in his mid-30s driving a gold-colored car was pulled over by a pair of state troopers for a traffic violation.

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