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Texas Legislation

According to Texas law the first day to prefile bills was Monday, November 12, 2012. The 83rd Legislature will be in session 140 days, from Tuesday, January 8, 2013 to Monday, May 27. The last day to file regular bills is Friday, March 8.

Governor Perry has until Sunday, June 16 to review bills passed by the State Legislature. He can sign a bill to authorize new law, he can let a bill become law without signing, or he can veto a bill.

Bills without specific effective dates or effective immediately will become effective Monday, August 26, 2013.

This catalog of firearm-related bills was by Larry Arnold, larry@talonsite.com.

Texas Legislation introduced in the 83rd Legislature

Bills by Category

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Bills Catalogued

114 bills cataloged. 79 House Bills, 1 Joint Resolution, 34 Senate Bills, 9 Comments.

Bills That Passed

Signed Into Law

HB 48: Relating to the procedure under which a person may renew a license to carry a concealed handgun. Effective September 1, 2013.
HB 333: Relating to requiring notice of a hotel's firearms policy and other guest policies; providing a criminal penalty. Effective September 1, 2013.
HB 485: Relating to the amount of the fees paid by certain peace officers, correctional officers, members of the state military forces, and veterans of the armed forces for a license to carry a concealed handgun and to the issuance of such a license to certain peace officers and members of the state military forces; authorizing a fee. Effective September 1, 2013.
HB 698: Relating to certain procedures for submitting legible and classifiable fingerprints with an application for a license to carry a concealed handgun. Effective September 1, 2013.
HB 1009: Relating to the creation of a new category of law enforcement officer who shall be designated a school marshal, the training and appointment of certain employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school as school marshals, and the rights, restrictions, limitations, and responsibilities of school marshals; authorizing the imposition of a fee. Effective immediately.
HB 1349: Relating to information that may be requested by the Department of Public Safety from a person applying for or renewing a concealed handgun license. Effective January 1, 2014.
HB 1421: Relating to the disposition of certain seized weapons. Effective September 1, 2013.
HB 1718: Relating to the eligibility of certain terminally ill individuals to purchase a resident hunting license. Effective September 1, 2013.
HB 1862: Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to a switchblade knife. Effective September 1, 2013.
HB 2407: Relating to restoration of a person's right to purchase a firearm on termination of a guardianship. Effective January 1, 2014.
HB 3142: Relating to handguns used to demonstrate proficiency in handgun use for purposes of obtaining a concealed handgun license. Effective immediately.
SB 164: Relating to the issuance to veterans of specially marked licenses to carry a concealed handgun and specially marked personal identification certificates. Effective September 1, 2013.
SB 299: Relating to the intentional display of a handgun by a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun. Effective September 1, 2013.
SB 864: Relating to a handgun proficiency course that is taken to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license. Effective September 1, 2013.
SB 987: Relating to allowing the attorney general to obtain an injunction against a municipality or county that adopts prohibited regulations regarding firearms, ammunition, or firearm supplies. Effective immediately.
SB 1189: Relating to the disposition of certain firearms seized by a law enforcement agency. Effective September 1, 2013.
SB 1400: Relating to the municipal and county regulation of air guns. Effective immediately.
SB 1857: Relating to the certification of certain qualified handgun instructors to conduct school safety training. Effective September 1, 2013.
SB 1907: Relating to the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition by concealed handgun license holders in private vehicles on the campuses of certain institutions of higher education. Effective September 1, 2013.

Vetoed by the Governor

SB 17: Relating to the training in school safety of certain educators of a school district or an open-enrollment charter school authorized to carry a concealed handgun on school premises. Vetoed by Governor Perry as too expensive.

House Bills

HB 47, Author: Flynn | et al.
Category: CH license
Relating to a handgun proficiency course that is taken to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.Thumbs Up!
Reduces new license CHL class to four a minimum of six hours.
Status: Filed 11/12/2012. Last action: 05/04/2013 H Laid on the table subject to call
SB 864 by Campbell, Very Similar, 05/24/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
 
HB 48, Author: Flynn | et al.
Category: CH license
Relating to the procedure under which a person may renew a license to carry a concealed handgun.Thumbs Up!
Eliminates renewal class. Renew CHL online.
Status: Filed 11/12/2012. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13

 
HB 153, Author: Taylor, Van | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the definition of intoxicated for purposes of certain weapons offenses.
Refers to a general intoxication definition identical to the present CHL one.
Status: Filed 11/13/2012. Last action: 05/08/2013 H Placed on General State Calendar
SB 707 by Paxton, Identical, 02/25/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice
 
HB 158, Author: Taylor, Van
Category: CH license
Relating to the designation on a person's driver's license or commercial driver's license that the person is licensed to carry a concealed handgun.Thumbs Up!
Allows CHLs to have their license information displayed on their driver's license.
Status: Filed 11/13/2013. Last action: 02/28/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 223, Author: Huberty | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain persons attending a school board meeting.
Allows concealed carry by CHLs who are school board members or superintendants at school board meetings. Any school board that wants to allow carrying at meetings can already do so with a written policy. Also, unless the meeting is held on the premises of a school, or is posted with a 30.06 sign, any CHL can already carry.
Status: Filed 11/28/2012. Last action: 03/21/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 263, Author: Flynn | et al.
Category: Hunting
Relating to combination resident hunting and fishing licenses for military personnel.Thumbs Up!
Free hunting license for active duty military and disabled veterans.
Status: Filed 12/10/2012. Last action: 05/08/2013 H Placed on General State Calendar
SB 239 by Van de Putte, Identical, 05/07/2013 S Left pending in committee
 
HB 312, Author: Guillen
Category: Hunting
Relating to information contained on a personal identification certificate, driver's license, and commercial driver's license.Thumbs Up!
Adds boater ID, life time hunting or fishing licenses, and hunter education to drivers license.
Status: Filed 12/20/2012. Last action: 02/28/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 333, Author: Guillen | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to requiring notice of a hotel's firearms policy and other guest policies; providing a criminal penalty.Thumbs Up!
A hotel that restricts guest's gun rights is required to post the firearm policy on its reservation website and verify that people making reservations have read it. Violation is a misdemeanor.
Status: Filed 12/27/2012. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13

 
HB 383, Author: Burnam
Category: CH license
Relating to the recognition and validity of a license to carry a concealed handgun issued by another state.Thumbs Down!
Prohibits Texas residents from carrying with an out-of-state CHL.
Status: Filed 1/8/2013. Last action: 03/21/2013 H Left pending in committee
SB 481 by Hinojosa, Identical, 04/24/2013 S Not again placed on intent calendar
 
HB 452, Author: Dukes
Category: Self defense
Relating to the punishment prescribed for engaging in certain acts of deadly conduct.Caution.
Increases penalties for shooting at buildings or vehicles that are or may be occupied, or at crowds.
Status: Filed 1/10/2013. Last action: 04/23/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 485, Author: Davis, Sarah | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the amount of the fees paid by certain peace officers, correctional officers, members of the state military forces, and veterans of the armed forces for a license to carry a concealed handgun and to the issuance of such a license to certain peace officers and members of the state military forces; authorizing a fee.Thumbs Up!
Reduces CHL fees for military veterans and part-time peace officers.
Status: Filed 1/14/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13

 
HB 507, Author: Guillen | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the discharge of a firearm across the property line of an educational facility; providing criminal penalties.Thumbs Down!
Makes it illegal to shoot across the property line of a school. This is adequately covered in existing law.
Status: Filed 1/14/2013. Last action: 03/28/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 508, Author: Guillen | et al.
Category: CH license
Relating to certain offenses relating to carrying concealed handguns on property owned or leased by a governmental entity; providing a civil penalty.Thumbs Up!
Penalizes government employees improperly posting 30.06 signs on government property, and limits the meetings where CHLs can be excluded.
Status: Filed 1/14/2013. Last action: 05/26/2013 H Senate adopts conf. comm. report-reported

 
HB 553, Author: Otto | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to firearms and the preservation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution; providing penalties.Thumbs Up!
Makes it a misdemeanor for any Texas peace officer, employee, or public servant to enforce any federal law limiting firearm ownership that violates the U.S. Constitution.
Status: Filed 1/15/2013. Last action: 03/13/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 572, Author: Isaac | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the issuance to veterans of specially marked licenses to carry a concealed handgun and specially marked personal identification certificates.Thumbs Up!
Allows for concealed handgun licenses and Texas ID cards to be marked "Veteran" as drivers licenses now are.
Status: Filed 1/17/2013. Last action: 05/04/2013 H Considered in Calendars
SB 164 by Van de Putte, Identical, 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
 
HB 627, Author: Krause | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.Thumbs Up!
Firearms and related items manufactured in Texas are not related to interstate commerce, and aren't subject to federal regulation.
Status: Filed 1/23/2013. Last action: 05/03/2013 H Committee report sent to Calendars

 
HB 663, Author: Gonzales, Larry | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the expiration dates of concealed handgun licenses for certain members of the United States armed forces.Thumbs Up!
CHLs for military stationed outside Texas will be extended until they return.
Status: Filed 1/24/2013. Last action: 05/02/2013 H No action taken in committee

 
HB 698, Author: Springer | et al.
Category: CH license
Relating to certain procedures for submitting legible and classifiable fingerprints with an application for a license to carry a concealed handgun.Thumbs Up!
Digital fingerprints can't be required unless there's a facility within 25 miles. Requires DPS to establish a procedure for submitting electronic fingerprints if there's no facility within 25 miles.
Status: Filed 1/24/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13

 
HB 700, Author: Lavender | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.Thumbs Up!
Allows open carry with a CHL.
Status: Filed 1/24/2013. Last action: 03/14/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 706, Author: Capriglione | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with schools or institutions of higher education.Thumbs Up!
Removes the restriction on concealed carry on a college or university. The school may establish rules pertaining to storage in dormatories. Private colleges, after consulting with students and faculty can opt out and continue restricting concealed carry. Concealed carry is prohibited in hospitals or elementary or high schools on college campuses, or sporting events, but only if posted under 30.06.
Status: Filed 1/24/2013. Last action: 03/14/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 801, Author: Muñoz, Jr. | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the discharge of a firearm across the property line of a school.Thumbs Down!
Makes it a crime to shoot across an elementary or secondary school boundary while hunting or recreationally shooting. Requires added instruction during Hunter Education. Parks and Wildlife Department would have to post signs around schools. This is adequately covered in existing law.
Status: Filed 1/29/2013. Last action: 05/08/2013 S Referred to Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security

 
HB 872, Author: Laubenberg | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.Thumbs Up!
Firearms and related items manufactured in Texas are not related to interstate commerce, and aren't subject to federal regulation.
Status: Filed 1/31/2013. Last action: 03/13/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 928, Author: Krause | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.Thumbs Up!
Texas law enforcement prohibited from enforcing federal gun laws not covered under Texas law.
Status: Filed 2/4/2013. Last action: 05/22/2013 S Placed on intent calendar

 
HB 936, Author: Dutton
Category: Knives
Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to a switchblade knife.Thumbs Down!
Further criminalizes carrying of switchblade knives.
Status: Filed 2/4/2013. Last action: 02/19/2013 H Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence

 
HB 972, Author: Fletcher | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the premises of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.Thumbs Up!
Removes the restriction on concealed carry on a college or university. Public schools may opt out of allowing carry on campus, and must post 30.06. The school may must establish rules pertaining to storage in dormatories. Private colleges, after consulting with students and faculty can opt out and continue restricting may opt in and allow concealed carry. Concealed carry is prohibited in hospitals or elementary or high schools on college campuses, or sporting events, but only if posted under 30.06.
Status: Filed 2/5/2013. Last action: 05/20/2013 S Co-sponsor authorized
SB 182 by Birdwell | et al., Identical, 01/29/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice
 
HB 1009, Author: Villalba | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the creation of a new category of law enforcement officer who shall be designated a school marshal, the training and appointment of certain employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school as school marshals, and the rights, restrictions, limitations, and responsibilities of school marshals; authorizing the imposition of a fee.Thumbs Down!
Invents a quasi-law enforcement officer category of school marshall. Should either be a LEO or not.
Status: Filed 2/6/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective immediately
SB 1161 by Hancock, Identical, 03/12/2013 S Referred to Education
 
HB 1030, Author: Burnam | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to prohibit the sale of firearms on public property in certain circumstances.Thumbs Down!
Allows counties or cities to ban sale of firearms except at perminant retail stores.
Status: Filed 2/6/2013. Last action: 05/02/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 1049, Author: Laubenberg | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.Thumbs Up!
Texas officials won't enforce federal laws for Texas guns or accessories.
Status: Filed 2/6/2013. Last action: 03/13/2013 H Withdrawn from schedule

 
HB 1051, Author: Keffer | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the application of certain concealed handgun license laws to United States attorneys and assistant United States attorneys and to the authority of those attorneys to carry certain weapons.
Adds some federal attorneys to CHL provisions for Texas prosecutors.
Status: Filed 2/6/2013. Last action: 03/21/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 1076, Author: Toth | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to certain firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas; providing an exemption from federal regulation and providing penalties.Thumbs Up!
Texas officials barred from enforcing federal gun laws.
Status: Filed 2/7/2013. Last action: 05/22/2013 S Not again placed on intent calendar

 
HB 1077, Author: Kleinschmidt | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition in private vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education.Thumbs Up!
Prohibits schools from restricting storage or transportation of lawfully-owned firearms or ammunition in locked vehicles in campus streets or parking areas.
Status: Filed 2/7/2013. Last action: 05/08/2013 H Laid on the table subject to call
SB 1907 by Hegar | et al., Similar, 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
 
HB 1078, Author: Kleinschmidt
Category: Schools
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with institutions of higher education.Thumbs Up!
Allows CHLs to carry on college campuses and in transportation vehicles. Allows carry at college sporting events unless posted with 30.06.
Status: Filed 2/7/2013. Last action: 03/14/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 1142, Author: White | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to a public school elective course on firearm safety, training, and history.Thumbs Up!
Provides for an elective high school course covering firearm safety, training, and history.
Status: Filed 2/8/2013. Last action: 02/20/2013 H Referred to Public Education

 
HB 1179, Author: Lozano | et al.
Category: Hunting
Relating to the payment of restitution for the taking of wildlife resources without the property owner's consent.Thumbs Up!
Requires persons to pay restitution to landowners for game taken without permission.
Status: Filed 2/11/2013. Last action: 05/20/2013 S Committee report printed and distributed: May 20 2013 5:21PM

 
HB 1194, Author: Paddie
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.Thumbs Up!
Allows CHLs to open carry.
Status: Filed 2/12/2013. Last action: 03/14/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 1291, Author: Bonnen, Dennis | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for gun safety devices for a limited period.
Limited sales tax holiday for gun locks and cabinets.
Status: Filed 2/13/2013. Last action: 02/25/2013 H Referred to Ways & Means

 
HB 1298, Author: Stickland | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain license holders on certain locations associated with a public or private school or educational institution.
Provides a defense to prosecution for CHLs carrying where a school activity is occurring, unless they are involved in the activity.
Status: Filed 2/14/2013. Last action: 03/14/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 1299, Author: Stickland | et al.
Category: Knives
Relating to municipal regulation of electric stun guns, knives, and personal defense sprays.Thumbs Up!
Keeps towns from regulating stun guns, knives, and defensive sprays.
Status: Filed 2/14/2013. Last action: 05/09/2013 H Placed on General State Calendar

 
HB 1304, Author: Sheets | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the intentional display of a handgun.Thumbs Up!
Changes the offense from "intentionally fails to conceal" to "intentionally displays," and allows display with justified force instead of deadly force.
Status: Filed 2/14/2013. Last action: 05/04/2013 H Laid on the table subject to call
SB 299 by Estes | et al., Similar, 05/18/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
 
HB 1313, Author: Creighton | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with schools or institutions of higher education.Thumbs Up!
Allows Texas CHLs to carry on college campuses. Indemnifies the school. Allows concealed carry at collegiate sporting events where 30.06 is not posted.
Status: Filed 2/14/2013. Last action: 03/14/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 1314, Author: Creighton | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee; providing penalties.Thumbs Up!
Prohibits government employees from seizing a firearm under a federal law unless Texas has a similar regulation.
Status: Filed 2/14/2013. Last action: 05/21/2013 S Not again placed on intent calendar

 
HB 1349, Author: Larson | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to information that may be requested by the Department of Public Safety from a person applying for or renewing a concealed handgun license.
DPS can't ask CHL applicants for social security number.
Status: Filed 2/15/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 1/1/14

 
HB 1353, Author: Rodriguez, Eddie
Category: Schools
Relating to emergency response alarms at public schools.Thumbs Down!
Requires schools to install panic alarms that can only be used to notify police of a person on campus with a firearm.
Status: Filed 2/15/2013. Last action: 02/26/2013 H Referred to Public Education

 
HB 1367, Author: McClendon
Category: Ranges
Relating to county regulation of sound levels; providing a criminal penalty; authorizing a fee.Thumbs Down!
Sound regulation, no shooting range exemption.
Status: Filed 2/15/2013. Last action: 03/28/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 1368, Author: Bonnen, Dennis | et al.
Category: Hunting
Relating to hunting and fishing license fee exemptions for certain veterans.Thumbs Up!
Free hunting and fishing licenses for disabled vets
Status: Filed 2/15/2013. Last action: 05/08/2013 H Placed on General State Calendar
SB 982 by Schwertner, Identical, 03/12/2013 S Referred to Natural Resources
 
HB 1421, Author: Perry | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the disposition of certain seized weapons.Thumbs Up!
Allows siezed weapons to be sold to an FFL.
Status: Filed 2/18/2013. Last action: 05/25/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
SB 343 by Estes, Identical, 05/08/2013 S No action taken in committee
 
HB 1531, Author: King, Ken | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the application of certain weapons laws to certain emergency services personnel licensed to carry a concealed handgun.Thumbs Up!
On duty first responder CHLs exempt from 30.06.
Status: Filed 2/20/2013. Last action: 03/21/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 1533, Author: Leach | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Hunting supplies sales tax holiday on March 2.
Status: Filed 2/20/2013. Last action: 02/25/2013 H Referred to Ways & Means
SB 1228 by Estes, Identical, 03/18/2013 S Referred to s/c on Fiscal Matters by Chair
 
HB 1718, Author: Guillen
Category: Hunting
Relating to the eligibility of certain terminally ill individuals to purchase a resident hunting license.Thumbs Up!
Allows people in charitable terminally ill events to qualify as a resident for hunting licenses.
Status: Filed 2/22/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13

 
HB 1747, Author: Canales | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to a packaging notice for new firearms and firearm ammunition; imposing a criminal penalty.Thumbs Down!
Requires max range information on packaging of ammunition sold in Texas.
Status: Filed 2/25/2013. Last action: 04/18/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 1817, Author: Kuempel
Category: Hunting
Relating to authorizing a change in the fee for a hunter education course.Thumbs Down!
Requires additional Hunter Ed fee.
Status: Filed 2/25/2013. Last action: 03/13/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 1862, Author: Dutton
Category: Knives
Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to a switchblade knife.Thumbs Up!
Decriminalizes switchblade knives.
Status: Filed 2/26/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13

 
HB 1872, Author: Simmons | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to federal firearm reporting for a person who voluntarily identifies as a person with mental illness.
Allows people to voluntarily identify themselves as a person mentally unable to possess a firearm.
Status: Filed 2/26/2013. Last action: 04/24/2013 H Considered in Calendars

 
HB 1896, Author: King, Phil
Category: Schools
Relating to firearm training and the authority of certain employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school to carry or possess a handgun on certain school premises; authorizing a fee.
Allows teachers to carry, but only after extensive training.
Status: Filed 2/26/2013. Last action: 03/14/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 1993, Author: Guillen | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the discharge of a firearm across the property line of an educational facility and educating hunters on that subject; providing criminal penalties.Thumbs Down!
Makes it a crime to shoot across an elementary or secondary school boundary while hunting or recreationally shooting. Requires added instruction during Hunter Education. Parks and Wildlife Department would have to post signs around schools. This is adequately covered in existing law.
Status: Filed 2/27/2013. Last action: 03/06/2013 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety

 
HB 2050, Author: Dutton
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the creation of a task force to conduct a study and develop recommendations to alleviate the incidence of gun violence in this state.Thumbs Down!
Anti-gun study group.
Status: Filed 2/28/2013. Last action: 04/26/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 2063, Author: Gooden | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to authorizing certain attorneys representing the state to openly carry a handgun.Thumbs Down!
Allows government attorney CHLs to open carry.
Status: Filed 2/28/2013. Last action: 03/05/2013 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety

 
HB 2147, Author: Hilderbran
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain county officers and employees in a courthouse.
Allows county officers to carry in courthouses.
Status: Filed 3/1/2013. Last action: 04/03/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 2381, Author: Isaac
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the carrying of a concealed handgun by a license holder on certain premises.Thumbs Up!
Limits application of 30.06 at government meetings and in hospitals and clears up church and amusement park carry.
Status: Filed 3/5/2013. Last action: 04/18/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 2407, Author: Naishtat
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to restoration of a person's right to purchase a firearm on termination of a guardianship.Thumbs Up!
Allows former wards to regain gun rights.
Status: Filed 3/5/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 1/1/14

 
HB 2535, Author: Schaefer | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the exemption from certain security licensure of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a private primary or secondary school or church or religious organization.Thumbs Up!
Allows volunteer school or church security without security guard commission.
Status: Filed 3/6/2013. Last action: 04/11/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 2665, Author: Taylor, Van | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the use of a concealed handgun license as valid proof of personal identification.Thumbs Up!
Makes the CHL a valid form of identification.
Status: Filed 3/6/2013. Last action: 05/04/2013 H Returned to committee

 
HB 2759, Author: Anderson | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to decreasing the fee to apply for or renew a concealed handgun license.Thumbs Up!
Reduces new CHL fee to $95.
Status: Filed 3/7/2013. Last action: 04/25/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 2860, Author: Harless
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to requiring the attorney general to obtain an injunction against a municipality or county that adopts prohibited regulations regarding firearms, ammunition, or firearm supplies.Thumbs Up!
Requires the Attorney General to act against a city or county making preempted firearms regulations.
Status: Filed 3/7/2013. Last action: 04/17/2013 H Companion considered in lieu of in committee
SB 987 by Hegar | et al., Identical, 06/14/2013 E Effective immediately
 
HB 3142, Author: Bell
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to handguns used to demonstrate proficiency in handgun use for purposes of obtaining a concealed handgun license.Thumbs Up!
Eliminates the SA/NSA categories.
Status: Filed 3/7/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective immediately

 
HB 3143, Author: Anchia | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows; authorizing a fee.Thumbs Down!
Gun show "loophole" bill.
Status: Filed 3/7/2013. Last action: 04/11/2013 H Left pending in committee
SB 1527 by Ellis, Very Similar, 03/19/2013 S Referred to Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security
 
HB 3218, Author: Springer
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the places where a person may carry a handgun if the person is licensed to carry a concealed handgun.Thumbs Up!
Greatly expands where CHLs can carry.
Status: Filed 3/7/2013. Last action: 04/18/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 3219, Author: Springer
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the places where an elected official who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun may carry a concealed handgun.
Expands concealed carry only for elected officials with CHLs.
Status: Filed 3/7/2013. Last action: 04/18/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 3267, Author: Creighton
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien; providing penalties.
Criminalizes firearm possession by illegal aliens.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 03/25/2013 H Referred to State Affairs

 
HB 3271, Author: White | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to a license to carry a concealed handgun for certain employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice; authorizing a fee.
Reduces license fee for employees of Department of Criminal Justice.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 03/19/2013 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety

 
HB 3278, Author: Gonzalez, Naomi
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the collection and enforcement of sales and use taxes on imported firearms.Thumbs Down!
Taxes imported firearms.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 04/22/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 3288, Author: Davis, Yvonne
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to drug testing of a person seeking to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.Thumbs Down!
Requires drug testing for CHLs.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 04/25/2013 H No action taken in committee

 
HB 3325, Author: Coleman
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the regulation or prohibition of certain assault weapons; imposing a tax and a license fee; providing a civil penalty.Thumbs Down!
"Assault weapon" licensing, registration, and taxing.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 03/19/2013 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety

 
HB 3347, Author: Rodriguez, Eddie
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows.Thumbs Down!
Gun show "loophole" bill.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 03/19/2013 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety
SB 1527 by Ellis, Identical, 03/19/2013 S Referred to Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security
 
HB 3420, Author: Lavender
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the carrying of firearms by certain off-duty employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the carrying of a handgun by a license holder in certain locations; authorizing a fee.
Establishes a special process for Department of Criminal Justice employees.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 04/11/2013 H Left pending in committee

 
HB 3673, Author: Fletcher
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the disposition of certain firearms seized by a law enforcement agency.
Sets a procedure for the return of a siezed firearm.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 05/02/2013 H Left pending in committee
SB 1189 by Huffman, Very Similar, 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
 
HB 3741, Author: Burnam
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to an education program for firearms sellers regarding mental health and immunity from civil liability for certain actions.
Establishes a dealer training program for spotting mental illness.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 03/21/2013 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety

 
HB 3772, Author: Coleman
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to criminal history background checks in connection with firearm transfers; creating offenses.Thumbs Down!
Creates a DPS background check on top of NICS.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 03/21/2013 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety
SB 1526 by Ellis, Identical, 03/19/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice
 
HB 3773, Author: Coleman
Category: Self defense
Relating to the use of deadly force in defense of a person or residence.Thumbs Down!
Guts the castle doctrine, and raises the mental standard for using deadly force for personal protection from "reasonably believes" to the impossible level of "substantially certain," and requires the intended victim be "unable to safely retreat."
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 05/07/2013 H Left pending in committee

 

Joint Resolutions

HJR 113, Author: Ashby | et al.
Category: Hunting
Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt and fish in accordance with state law.Thumbs Up!
Adds a right to hunt and fish to the Texas Bill of Rights.
Status: Filed 3/5/2013. Last action: 03/27/2013 H No action taken in committee

 

Senate Bills

SB 17, Author: Patrick | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the training in school safety of certain educators of a school district or an open-enrollment charter school authorized to carry a concealed handgun on school premises.
Requires DPS to set up a limited training program for teachers with CHLs and authorizes graduates to carry at school events. Limits school and DPS liability. Provides limited voluntary funding.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Vetoed by the Governor

 
SB 164, Author: Van de Putte
Category: CH license
Relating to the issuance to veterans of specially marked licenses to carry a concealed handgun and specially marked personal identification certificates.Thumbs Up!
Provides for designating veterans on CHLs and Texas ID cards.
Status: Filed 1/8/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
HB 572 by Isaac | et al., Identical, 05/04/2013 H Considered in Calendars
 
SB 182, Author: Birdwell | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.Thumbs Up!
Removes the restriction on concealed carry on a college or university. The school may establish rules pertaining to storage in dormatories. Private colleges, after consulting with students and faculty can opt out and continue restricting concealed carry. Concealed carry is prohibited in hospitals, elementary schools, or high schools located on college campuses, or college sporting events, but only if posted under 30.06.
Status: Filed 1/17/2013. Last action: 01/29/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice
HB 972 by Fletcher | et al., Identical, 05/20/2013 S Co-sponsor authorized
 
SB 231, Author: Carona
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the applicability of certain concealed handgun laws to certain associate judges and other judicial personnel.
Adds certain magistrates to the judge category.
Status: Filed 1/22/2013. Last action: 05/19/2013 H Committee report sent to Calendars

 
SB 239, Author: Van de Putte
Category: Hunting
Relating to combination resident hunting and fishing licenses for military personnel.Thumbs Up!
Waives hunting license fees for disabled veterans.
Status: Filed 1/23/2013. Last action: 05/07/2013 S Left pending in committee
HB 263 by Flynn | et al., Identical, 05/08/2013 H Placed on General State Calendar
 
SB 299, Author: Estes | et al.
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the intentional display of a handgun by a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun.Thumbs Up!
Changes the offense from "intentionally fails to conceal" to "intentionally displays," and allows display with justified force instead of deadly force.
Status: Filed 1/29/2013. Last action: 05/18/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
HB 1304 by Sheets | et al., Similar, 05/04/2013 H Laid on the table subject to call
 
SB 343, Author: Estes
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the disposition of certain seized weapons.Thumbs Up!
Allows weapons siezed by law enforcement and not returned to their owner to be sold to FFLs.
Status: Filed 2/1/2013. Last action: 05/08/2013 S No action taken in committee
HB 1421 by Perry | et al., Identical, 05/25/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
 
SB 373, Author: Lucio
Category: Hunting
Relating to indexing fees charged for certain nonresident hunting and fishing licenses to fees charged for certain resident hunting and fishing licenses.Thumbs Up!
Indexes nonresident hunting license fees to resident fees.
Status: Filed 2/4/2013. Last action: 02/11/2013 S Referred to Natural Resources

 
SB 374, Author: Lucio
Category: Hunting
Relating to a 14-day general hunting license for non-residents; imposing a fee.
Sets fees for a fourteen-day nonresident hunting license.
Status: Filed 2/4/2013. Last action: 02/11/2013 S Referred to Natural Resources

 
SB 481, Author: Hinojosa
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the recognition and validity of a license to carry a concealed handgun issued by another state.
A person with a domicile in Texas cannot carry on another state's CHL.
Status: Filed 2/11/2013. Last action: 04/24/2013 S Not again placed on intent calendar
HB 383 by Burnam, Identical, 03/21/2013 H Left pending in committee
 
SB 707, Author: Paxton
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the definition of intoxicated for purposes of certain weapons offenses.
Changes the source for the intoxication definition.
Status: Filed 2/21/2013. Last action: 02/25/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice
HB 153 by Taylor, Van | et al., Identical, 05/08/2013 H Placed on General State Calendar
 
SB 797, Author: Lucio
Category: Hunting
Relating to residency requirements for a hunting license.Thumbs Up!
Adds 14-day residency with proof.
Status: Filed 2/25/2013. Last action: 03/05/2013 S Referred to Natural Resources

 
SB 798, Author: Lucio
Category: Hunting
Relating to residency requirements for a hunting license.Thumbs Up!
Adds 21-day residency with proof.
Status: Filed 2/25/2013. Last action: 03/05/2013 S Referred to Natural Resources

 
SB 858, Author: Deuell
Category: CH license
Relating to the number of classroom hours required in a handgun proficiency course that is taken to obtain a concealed handgun license.Thumbs Up!
Sets new CHL class at 4-6 hours.
Status: Filed 41331. Last action: 03/05/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice

 
SB 864, Author: Campbell
Category: CH license
Relating to a handgun proficiency course that is taken to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.
Requires renewal CHLs to take the same course as new licensees. Changes the class requirements for a new CHL license. The course would include four to six class hours, plus the proficiency exam. The renewal class would be the same length, but the classroom portion could be offered online. If not vetoed, the act will take effect September 1, 2013.
Status: Filed 2/26/2013. Last action: 05/24/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
HB 47 by Flynn | et al., Very Similar, 05/04/2013 H Laid on the table subject to call
 
SB 892, Author: Carona
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the application of certain concealed handgun license laws to the attorney general and to assistant attorneys general, United States attorneys, assistant United States attorneys, and special assistant United States attorneys, and to the authority of those attorneys to carry certain weapons.Thumbs Down!
Special CHL rules for attorney generals and assistants.
Status: Filed 2/27/2013. Last action: 05/19/2013 H Committee report sent to Calendars

 
SB 982, Author: Schwertner
Category: Hunting
Relating to hunting and fishing license fee exemptions for certain veterans.Thumbs Up!
Provides for a free hunting license for disabled veterans.
Status: Filed 3/1/2013. Last action: 03/12/2013 S Referred to Natural Resources
HB 1368 by Bonnen, Dennis | et al., Identical, 05/08/2013 H Placed on General State Calendar
 
SB 987, Author: Hegar | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to allowing the attorney general to obtain an injunction against a municipality or county that adopts prohibited regulations regarding firearms, ammunition, or firearm supplies.Thumbs Up!
Attorney general may get an injuncion against towns or counties making preempted gun laws.
Status: Filed 3/1/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective immediately
HB 2860 by Harless, Identical, 04/17/2013 H Companion considered in lieu of in committee
 
SB 1025, Author: Seliger
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to the offense of the carrying of a handgun by a concealed handgun license holder at certain meetings of a governmental entity.Thumbs Down!
Allows concealed carry at government meetings with written policy or permission. Already addressed by PC 46.035(i).
Status: Filed 3/4/2013. Last action: 03/12/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice

 
SB 1122, Author: West
Category: Schools
Relating to a prohibition against the use of certain sprays, stun guns, and Tasers by school district peace officers, security personnel, and other employees against public school students.
School employees prohibited from using sprays, stun guns, or Tasers against students.
Status: Filed 3/5/2013. Last action: 03/12/2013 S Referred to Education

 
SB 1161, Author: Hancock
Category: Schools
Relating to the creation of a new category of law enforcement officer who shall be designated a school marshal, the training and appointment of certain employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school as school marshals, and the rights, restrictions, limitations, and responsibilities of school marshals; authorizing the imposition of a fee.Thumbs Down!
Invents a quasi-law enforcement officer category of school marshall. Should either be a LEO or not.
Status: Filed 3/5/2013. Last action: 03/12/2013 S Referred to Education
HB 1009 by Villalba | et al., Identical, 06/14/2013 E Effective immediately
 
SB 1189, Author: Huffman
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the disposition of certain firearms seized by a law enforcement agency.
Sets a procedure for the return of a siezed firearm.
Status: Filed 3/6/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
HB 3673 by Fletcher, Very Similar, 05/02/2013 H Left pending in committee
 
SB 1228, Author: Estes
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Hunting supplies sales tax holiday on March 2.
Status: Filed 3/6/2013. Last action: 03/18/2013 S Referred to s/c on Fiscal Matters by Chair
HB 1533 by Leach | et al., Identical, 02/25/2013 H Referred to Ways & Means
 
SB 1348, Author: West | et al.
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to certain criminal offenses concerning the unlawful transfer or purchase of certain weapons.Thumbs Up!
Criminalizes straw purchase as a felony.
Status: Filed 3/7/2013. Last action: 05/19/2013 H Committee report sent to Calendars

 
SB 1349, Author: West
Category: Self defense
Relating to the use of deadly force in defense of a person or property.Thumbs Up!
Requires investigation of self-defense. Use of deadly force would not be justified to protect a third person's property, or against someone fleeing. Requires reporting of self-defense investigations.
Status: Filed 3/7/2013. Last action: 03/13/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice

 
SB 1400, Author: Estes
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the municipal and county regulation of air guns.
Regulates city and county power over air guns similar to firearms.
Status: Filed 3/7/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective immediately

 
SB 1416, Author: Deuell
Category: Self defense
Relating to the determination of whether a use of force against another is justified.
expands the definition of illegally carrying when getting into an argument.
Status: Filed 3/7/2013. Last action: 05/21/2013 H Placed on General State Calendar

 
SB 1526, Author: Ellis
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to criminal history background checks in connection with firearm transfers; creating offenses.Thumbs Down!
Creates a DPS background check on top of NICS.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 03/19/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice
HB 3772 by Coleman, Identical, 03/21/2013 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety
 
SB 1527, Author: Ellis
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows.Thumbs Down!
Gun show "loophole" bill.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 03/19/2013 S Referred to Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security
HB 3143 by Anchia | et al., Very Similar, 04/11/2013 H Left pending in committee
 
SB 1676, Author: Ellis
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to creating an offense for the unlawful possession or transfer of a large-capacity magazine.Thumbs Down!
Prohibits magazines holding more than 20 rounds.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 03/25/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice

 
SB 1677, Author: Ellis
Category: Possession-sale
Relating to the reporting of a lost or stolen firearm; providing criminal penalties.Thumbs Down!
Mandates reporting lost or stolen firearms within 24 hours.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 03/25/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice

 
SB 1735, Author: Campbell
Category: Concealed carry
Relating to certain offenses involving the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders and to defenses and exceptions to the prosecution of those offenses.Thumbs Up!
Allows CHLs to carry in polling places and racetracks. Simplifies laws in relation to carrying in hospitals, amusement parks, and places of religious worship.
Status: Filed 3/8/2013. Last action: 03/25/2013 S Referred to Criminal Justice

 
SB 1857, Author: Estes | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the certification of certain qualified handgun instructors to conduct school safety training.Thumbs Up!
Establishes a school safety class for school employee CHLs and trains qualified handgun instructors to teach it.
Status: Filed 3/26/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13

 
SB 1907, Author: Hegar | et al.
Category: Schools
Relating to the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition by concealed handgun license holders in private vehicles on the campuses of certain institutions of higher education.Thumbs Up!
Prohibits schools from restricting storage or transportation of lawfully-owned firearms or ammunition in locked vehicles in campus streets or parking areas.
Status: Filed 4/22/2013. Last action: 06/14/2013 E Effective on 9/1/13
HB 1077 by Kleinschmidt | et al., Similar, 05/08/2013 H Laid on the table subject to call
 

Submitted Comments

Comment 1, 11-16-2012, Chris Tucker
HB 47
I am sure you already have the notice from NRA-ILA announcing the measure proposed for the upcoming legislature session to reduce the required class room hours for issuance of the initial concealed handgun license.
My initial feelings on this as a CHL holder who has taken both the initial training and the refresher is "No way! There is no wasted time in the class room portion!"
How do you feel about this as an instructor and does the board have any official policy on this measure? Our convention will probably be held after this legislation passes or fails. Will there be a communication to the membership about this bill before the convention?
Larry's response:
Practically I would find it difficult to teach all four required subjects in any depth in four hours. However, I philosophically favor Constitutional carry and the elimination of training and licensing requirements. Therefore I've marked this bill with a Thumbs Up. The board has been notified of the change, and may make their own statement.
The TCHA 2013 Conference is scheduled for March 1-3, a couple of months before the fate of the bill will be decided.
Thanks for your comment.
 
Comment 2, 12-11-2012, Jack Griffith
HB 153
I'm not sure this is much of an improvement. It adds BAC .08 to the definition of intoxication BUT in still includes "OR" incapable of exercising normal judgment. I understand many LEOs (including some DPS CHL instructors) will arrest anyone w/a chl that is carrying and smells of alcohol or admits to having one beer.
Larry's response:
I think the BAC was always part of the definition. My impression is that this bill consolidates definitions.
Thanks for your comment.
 
Comment 3, 12-11-2012, Jack Griffith
HB 223
I do not see this as needed. The school board president could give all the board members/school superintendent 'written permission.'
Larry's response:
Agreed. Actually, unless the school board meeting is held on the premises of a school or is posted with a 30.06 sign, any CHL can carry.
Thanks for your comment.
 
Comment 4, 1-11-2013, James Sukenik
HB 383
Why are you giving HB383 a thumbs down. Isn't that how a Texas resident's driver license is treated?
Larry's response:
First, there's no provision for reciprocity after someone moves to Texas, but before they can get a Texas CHL. Second, I'd really rather have Constitutional carry, so I want less restriction, not more.
Thanks for your comment.
 
Comment 5, 1-14-2013, Chuck Maricle
HB 47
I do not agree that 4 hours is adequate to cover the topics for the CHL license. Having been an instructor for almost 10 years, the single biggest thing that is taught in the CHL class is not the "rules and regulations" but concepts about situational awareness, safety and avoiding having to ever need to use a weapon in defense. I would agree with 6 to 7 hours but not 4. I do not even teach a reduced "renewal" class, students get the full class regardless. A four hour course is irresponsible and does little to educate the CHL student about the proper mindset and responsibility of carrying a firearm.
Larry's response:
I would favor Constitutional carry with no license required.
Thanks for your comment.
 
Comment 6, 1-14-2013, Jerry D. Johnson
HB 47
Who is responsible for the "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" on the legislative agenda on our website? There is a green thumbs up for reducing training to 4 hours for new applicants and the same for doing renewals online. Is this an association recommendation stance on Flynn's suggested amendments?
Larry's response:
As stated below, "The opinion graphics represent my opinion only." Again, I would favor Constitutional carry with no license required.
Thanks for your comment.
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Comment 7, 1-17-2013, Cathy Hartman, RN
HB 47
In my opinion the current mandates for time spent in the classroom studying theory and laws only scratches the surface for a good, working knowledge base. The class actually catapulted my interested and validated the fact that I better continue studying the laws. Joining organizations such as USCC and Texas Concealed Carry Association certainly helped with topics I needed clarification on. It's a never ending endeavor.
I would not be in favor of lessening the required hours.
Larry's response:
I agree on the value of the training, but I would still favor Constitutional carry with no license required.
Thanks for your comment.
 
Comment 8, 1-28-2013, Tracy Campbell
HB 47
I've read over txchia.org's bill listings, the comments and then your comments. Regarding HB-47, I don't believe it's possible for any conscientious, responsible instructor to cover some of these topics in depth in only 4 hours.
Your repeated response, which doesn't address the issue, is "I support Constitutional carry." Well, Larry... water's wet and the sky is blue. We ALL support Constitutional carry. Unfortunately, a license is required. A class is required to qualify for the license. As long as we have to do this, why don't we do it right? There is important information about the application of the statutes, what to expect in the real world, the attitude and mindset of a CHL holder, etc. that doesn't fit into the state's curriculum or the minimized 4 hour timeframe.
I think it's incumbent upon us to either demand Constitutional carry, or provide a worthwhile training class. Turning the CHL training class into a punch-my-card defensive driving class does a disservice to the Texas license holder. Do away with the licensing program entirely, if we can't take this seriously.
Larry's response:
You raise some excellent points. I agree that four hours isn't long enough to adequately cover the required topics. I would certainly encourage you to contact your legislators and make your view known. I would hope those who agree with you would also.
In fact, I have written my representative suggesting that the bill be amended to make it clear what we are expected to teach in the abbreviated time alotted.
Thanks for your comment.
 
Comment 9, DATE-2013, Jack Griffith
HB 663
I am concerned.
ATF regs say that CHLs have to be renewed every 5 years. If they extend that for GI's out of TX, then ATF 'may' use that as an excuse to make everyone do a Brady check.
OTOH, their license will be 'expired'. How much good will it do them if they are stopped, carrying on an expired license?
Better solution? Allow them to renew w/o taking a renewal class.
Larry's response:
All good points. As far as renewing online, see HB 48.
Thanks for your comment.
 
Comment 10, 2-7-2013, James Sukenik
SB 182
Reference your description of SB182, "Concealed carry is prohibited in hospitals or elementary or high schools on college campuses, or sporting events, but only if posted under 30.06."
The use of "or" in the preceding makes it sound like you can now carry at an elementary school or high school or a sporting event if a 30.06 isn't posted.
That is quite confusing. Am I misreading something?
Larry's response:
I've reworded the description.
Thanks for your comment.
 

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