Dear Texas NRA Member:
On Tuesday afternoon, the Texas House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 16 -- NRA-backed legislation sponsored by Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) and Sens. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) & Joan Huffman (R-Houston) that significantly reduces the cost of a License to Carry (LTC) -- by a 129-17 vote. The measure was amended to allow peace officers to obtain LTCs at no cost, so the bill must be sent back to the Senate for agreement with this amendment. To find out how your State Representative voted on SB 16, click here. Be sure to send a quick thank you note to your House member if he or she supported the measure!
At $140, the fee for an original Texas license is among the highest in the nation. SB 16 would bring the fees down to among the lowest in the country, slashing the cost of an original license by $100 to just $40, and cutting the cost of a renewal license from $70 to $40. In other words, the annual cost of a five-year LTC would now be just $8 per year. No law-abiding Texan should be priced out of the ability to exercise his or her right to self-defense!
Thank you to Rep. King for sponsoring and working to pass this important legislation in the House, to Sens. Nichols and Huffman for authoring SB 16, and to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick for prioritizing this measure!