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Numerous Pro-Gun Bills Went Into Effect on Friday

Monday, September 4, 2017

Numerous Pro-Gun Bills Went Into Effect on Friday

A number of key pro-Second Amendment laws took effect on September 1, 2017:  

Senate Bill 16 slashes the cost of an original License To Carry from $140 to $40 and reduces the price of a renewal LTC from $70 to $40 to bring fees down to among the lowest in the nation.

House Bill 1819 revises Texas statutes to track federal law regarding ownership and possession of firearm sound suppressors.  The Texas Penal Code currently requires these devices to be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.  If the Hearing Protection Act that eliminates this federal requirement were to pass Congress before the Texas Legislature meets again in 2019, suppressor owners would have no way of complying with state law and could be guilty of a felony offense without this important change.  HB 1819 also clarifies that non-NFA, short-barreled firearms with a pistol grip -- such as the Mossberg 590 Shockwave -- are not unlawful to sell or own in the state.  Texas had been one of just two states where this particular gun could not be sold lawfully. 

Senate Bill 263 repeals the minimum caliber requirement (.32) for demonstrating handgun proficiency during the range instruction portion of the License To Carry course.   

Senate Bill 1566 contains provisions allowing employees of school districts, open-enrollment charter schools and private elementary or secondary schools who possess valid LTCs to transport and store firearms out of sight in their locked cars and trucks.  These employees had been left out of the 2011 law banning employer policies restricting the lawful possession of firearms in private motor vehicles.  

Senate Bill 2065 includes language allowing volunteers providing security at places of worship to be exempt from the requirements of the Private Security Act.  This could include License To Carry holders approved by congregation leaders, since the prohibition on possession of firearms by LTCs at places of worship is only enforceable if the location is posted or verbal notice is given.  

House Bill 1935 repeals the prohibition on the possession or carrying of knives such as daggers, dirks, stilettos and Bowies by eliminating them from the prohibited weapons section of the Texas Penal Code.  Restrictions remain in place for possession or carrying of knives with a blade over 5 ½ inches long in public places and penalties are enhanced for carrying those in the same locations where the possession of firearms is prohibited, generally.  

House Bill 3784 allows persons approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety to offer an online course to cover the classroom portion of the required training for a License To Carry.  The measure also exempts active military personnel and veterans who have received firearm instruction as part of their service within the last 10 years to be exempt from the range instruction portion of the LTC course.   ​

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