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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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