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Attention Texas Members: Update on Several Bills

Friday, May 20, 2005

This week, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee reported out the following NRA-backed bills: HB 823 by Representative Terry Keel (R-Austin) and Senator Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen), which takes important steps towards clarifying that law-abiding Texans may carry a handgun for protection in their vehicles without a Concealed Handgun License (CHL); HB 1038 by Representative Carl Isett (R-Lubbock) and Senator Kim Brimer (R-Fort Worth), which reduces CHL renewal fees for senior citizens by 50% (to $35); and HB 1483 by Representative Stephen Frost (D-Atlanta) and Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), which expands the methods of payments for CHL applicants and lowers fees for duplicate, modified, or replacement licenses from $25 to $10. All three bills move to the Senate floor for consideration in the final week of session. Please contact your State Senators and urge them to support HB 823, HB 1038 & HB 1483!

Also this week, the Senate approved HB 322 by Representative Suzanna Hupp (R-Lampasas) and Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), which lowers the minimum age requirement for a CHL from 21 to 18 for active military personnel and also lowers CHL application fees for our soldiers. HB 322 has been sent back to the House for concurrence with Senate amendments.

You can contact your legislator by using the “Write Your Representatives” tool at www.nraila.org

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