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Texas Legislative Update

Friday, May 13, 2005

This week, the Texas Senate gave final approval to HB 685, by Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) and Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio), sending the bill to Governor Rick Perry (R). HB 685 exempts military personnel with recent handgun training from the range instruction portion of the Concealed Handgun License (CHL) course. Also this week, the Senate approved HB 225, by Representative Joe Driver (R-Garland) and Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville), but not before amending two other NRA-supported measures onto the bill; HB 318, the CHL confidentiality bill sponsored by Representative Suzanna Hupp and Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville), and HB 1066, by Representative Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) and Senator Todd Staples (R-Palestine), which allows residents from any other state to apply for a Texas CHL and expands the number of states that would be eligible for reciprocal agreements with Texas. HB 225, which now also contains the language of HB 318 and HB 1066, moves back to the House for concurrence with the Senate amendments.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.