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    Texas State Legislation Regarding Firearms

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    The 2013 session of the Texas Legislature is underway and multiple firearm-related bills have been introduced. Below are some of the highlights so far this session.

    House Bill 47 authored by Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) would lower the current hours required for the initial Concealed Handgun License course from 10 hours to "not less than 4 or more than 6, not to include time on the shooting range." Only 6 states out of 39 require more classroom hours than Texas.

    House Bill 508 authored by Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) would add protections to your right to carry and eliminate confusion by imposing a fine for the improper posting of the PC 30.06 sign at locations not listed as off-limits in statute, excluding private property.

    House Bill 698 authored by Representative Drew Springer (R-Muenster) would alleviate the burden on people applying for a CHL by only requiring applicants to submit digital or electronic fingerprints if a facility with the capability to process those fingerprints exists within a 25-mile radius of the applicant’s residence address. This would eliminate CHLs driving hundreds of miles to the closest L-1 printing franchise.

    House Bill 700 by Representative George Lavender (R-Texarkana) would allow a person with a Texas concealed handgun license to have the option of carrying concealed or openly holstered. Expect a committee substitute to create a sign for use by private property owners not wishing to restrict those carrying concealed.

    Senate Bill 182 and House Bill 972 authored by Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) and Representative Allen Fletcher (R-Cypress), respectively, would allow adult concealed handgun licensees to protect themselves in buildings and facilities located on the campus of a public college or university. This legislation was previously reported here by the NRA-ILA.

    Senate Bill 299 authored by Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) would protect against inadvertent or accidental display of a handgun by a Concealed Handgun Licensee.

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    Headed in the right direction...how can people in one state head this way and people in other states (NY, CT, MA) gasp at the notion of expanding common sense laws for guns. I wake up everyday and that God I live in SC!
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    HB 47- "would lower the current hours required for the initial Concealed Handgun License course from 10 hours to "not less than 4 or more than 6, not to include time on the shooting range." This would be a huge mistake IMO.

    HB508-- "imposing a fine for the improper posting of the PC 30.06 sign " Makes no sense. That takes away
    the right of a property owner to post a 30.06 sign.
    or it criminalizes a minor error in how one posts the sign--something
    which already invalidates its intent. Thumbs down.

    HB 698-- Good, Needed. And they need to hire more folks to process applications and do it more efficiently and effectively.
    (e.g., they are claiming that materials I sent them on 01/08/14 just got there and they now have 45 more days to
    process from 02/04/13. Not acceptable.

    HB 700 OC Discussed extensively elsewhere. It is a sticky issue.

    The two senate bills on campus carry--- . Horrid ideas. There may be some place for handguns on campus, in the hands of licensed faculty and staff, older students or the honorably discharged. Not for every 21-22 year old taking a course he must
    pass to graduate or a course he must get great grades in to continue on a career path. Too many emotions involved.


    S229--- sounds like it is something that would be useful so long as it isn't used as a side step around the OC prohibitions.
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