How odd. So it's unenforceable? It's like the 'non-binding' resolutions are idiots in D.C. are so famous for.
OK guys, this has been hashed & re-hashed, with many inaccurate slants.
This new law as of 9/1/09 has nothing to do with having, or not having to notify, YOU STILL NEED TO NOTIFY TX LEO
In laymen terms (for my benefit), the new law has to do with failure or refusal to display / produce a valid CHL (ie. stolen / lost / forgot your wallet), and nothing to do with notifying TX LEO. Previously, failure to produce your CHL was an automatic & immediate 90 day suspension invoked on the spot by the officer, 2nd offense was a class B misdemeanor. The suspension & misdemeanor penalties have been stricken as of 9/1. You must still notify & you must still have the CHL on you, but if you slip up & can't produce your CHL for whatever reason, it's not an immediate & on the spot "end of the world".
A suggested response would be: "Officer, I'm a TX CHL holder, but I lost / forgot my wallet & don't have my CHL on me at this time. I do have my firearm on my right hip." You have notified as required by law, but were unable to display / produce your CHL (I am not a lawyer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night).
In TX, your CHL status / info will display when they run your driver's license. As our CHL instructor (& former LEO) stated, "make sure the LEO finds out about your CHL from YOU
in the beginning of the stop, rather than on-line from the DPS computer after the fact .... finding out for the first time on-line after the fact, means you failed to notify."
(Page 175. on the above .PDF file link)
SECTIONA12A.02.AASection 411.205, Government Code, is
amended to read as follows:
Sec.A411.205.AAREQUIREMENT TO DISPLAY [DISPLAYING]
LICENSE[; PENALTY]. [(a)] If a license holder is carrying a
handgun on or about the license holder ’s person when a magistrate or
a peace officer demands that the license holder display
identification, the license holder shall display both the license
holder ’s driver ’s license or identification certificate issued by
the department and the license holder ’s handgun license.
Removed code > A person who fails or refuses to display the license and identification as
required by this subsection is subject to suspension of the
person ’s license as provided by Section 411.187.
[(b)AAA person commits an offense if the person fails or
refuses to display the license and identification as required by
Subsection (a) after previously having had the person ’s license
suspended for a violation of that subsection. An offense under this
subsection is a Class B misdemeanor.