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Texas: Contact Your Legislators

Thursday, April 21, 2005

This week, the Texas House passed HB 823 by Representative Terry Keel (R-Austin), an NRA-supported bill which takes important steps toward clarifying that law-abiding Texans may carry handguns for protection in their vehicles without Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs). The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

The House also approved SB 734 by Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), NRA-backed legislation which allows property owners to continue hunting on their land, or leasing it out to sportsmen, even if they are annexed by a municipality with an ordinance banning the discharge of firearms. A floor amendment was added by Representative Charlie Geren (R-River Oaks) which adds "wildlife management" to the list of activities protected under Texas` "Right To Farm" Act. The bill now goes back to the Senate for concurrence.

The Senate Veterans Affairs & Military Installations Committee cancelled their meeting this week, so hearings will now take place on Wednesday, April 27, on HB 322 by Representative Suzanna Hupp (R-Lampasas) and Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), which lowers the minimum age requirement and CHL fees for military personnel, and HB 685 by Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) and Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) which eliminates the range instruction portion of the CHL course for military personnel with recent handgun training. Please continue contacting committee members and urging them to support these two bills for our soldiers and veterans.

For a list of committee members and their contact information, visit http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/Commit.htm .

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