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Texas Please Contact Your Lawmakers!

Friday, March 25, 2005

This week, the Texas House of Representatives approved the following NRA-backed measures: HB 225 by Representative Joe Driver (R-Garland), which extends the term of a renewed Concealed Handgun License from four to five years; HB 322 by Representative Suzanna Hupp (R-Lampasas), which lowers the minimum age requirement for a CHL from 21 to 18, as well as CHL application fees for military personnel and veterans; HB 685 by Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs), which exempts military personnel with recent service-related handgun training from the range instruction portion of the CHL course; and HB 1066 by Representative Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), which expands the number of states which could qualify for CHL reciprocity with Texas. All these bills now move to the Senate for committee referral and consideration. Please contact your State Senators and urge them to support these measures.

Also, the House Law Enforcement Committee reported out the following NRA-supported bills this week: HB 896 by Representative David Farabee (D-Wichita Falls), will prohibit employers from enforcing "No Firearms" policies against CHLs who keep a handgun in their vehicle at work if the employer does not provide a secure parking area for employees; HB 1038 by Representative Carl Isett (R-Lubbock), which now contains an across-the- board reduction on CHL application fees, in addition to a reductions on renewal fees for senior citizens; and HB 1483 by Representative Stephen Frost (D-Atlanta), which requires DPS to accept personal checks and credit card payments for CHL application fees and lowers fees for replacement or duplicate licenses. Please begin contacting your State Representatives and urge them to support these bills.

Additionally, next Tuesday, March 29, the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will consider HB 823 by Representative Terry Keel (R-Austin), which would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun in their car for protection without a CHL. The committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. (or upon House adjournment) in Room E2.016 of the Capitol Extension in Austin. Please contact committee members and urge them to support HB 823.

You can find contact information by using NRA-ILA`s "Write Your Representatives" feature.

Lastly, please join NRA Director Susan Howard and the Uvalde County Republican Committee for a day of shooting, barbecue, and remarks by Mrs. Howard on Saturday, April 30, at Spanish Dagger (Hunting Lodge-3 miles East of Uvalde Hwy. 90). Shooting begins at 2:30 p.m., and Mrs. Howard will speak at 5:00 p.m. Cost of BBQ Plate is $10.00 adults/$5.00 children. For more information, please contact Leland Kerby, Chairman of the Uvalde County Republican Party at (830) 278-1807 or Spanish Dagger Manager, Alan Phillips, at (830) 278-2998.

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Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Yesterday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 by a 97-41 vote.

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Today, March 21, the provisions of the critical self-defense legislation, Sub. Senate Bill 199, go into effect.  Thanks to your active involvement last session, this bill was signed by Governor Kasich last December.  This law ...

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

The Illinois House of Representatives could consider House Bill 2354 at any time.

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Today, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249.  SB 724 is now headed to the ...

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

Friday, March 24, 2017

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

This week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed multiple pro-gun bills, including House Bill 1721, House Bill 2323, and House Bill 2322. 

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Tonight, Governor Gary Herbert signed House Bill 198 into law.

Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

Monday, March 20, 2017

Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 on second reading.

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

On Monday, March 27, the Texas Senate will convene after 2:00pm and is expected to take up and consider Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston).

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Yesterday, March 21, the Senate passed anti-gun Senate Bill 115 with a 12-9 vote.  SB 115 was sent to the Assembly for further consideration.  Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list ...

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Yesterday, March 20, the Idaho Senate passed House Bill 93 by a 35-0 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Don Cheatham (R-3B) and sponsored on the floor by state Senator Marv Hagedorn (R-14), HB 93 would amend current law ...

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