Texas: NRA – Backed Bills Under Consideration in the Lone Star State

Posted on February 5, 2013

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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.

This list above highlights only a few of the many pro-gun bills filed in Austin so far this session.  Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated on this and all other firearm-related legislation this session.  In the meantime, please contact your state Senator and Representative, and encourage them to support all pro-gun legislation.  Contact information for your state legislators can be found here.

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Further Reading

  • Texas: Senator Birdwell Introduces Senate Bill 182: Campus Personal Protection Act

    This week, Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) and 13 co-authors filed Senate Bill 182, NRA-backed legislation allowing adult Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) to protect themselves on the campuses of public colleges and universities in Texas.  As you may recall, the state Senate passed this legislation as a stand-alone bill in 2009 and as an amendment to a higher education bill in 2011.  During both sessions, the full House of Representatives failed to even consider this measure.  During that time, high-profile shootings have occurred at the University of Texas at Austin and several blocks from the Texas A&M campus in College Station – both locations classified as 'gun-free zones', but in reality are simply places where CHLs are rendered defenseless against criminals under current law. 
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