Texas Bill Would Drop Recoginition of Other States Concealed Handgun Licenses

Texas Bill Would Drop Recoginition of Other States Concealed Handgun Licenses
Contact and Stop Bad Bill HB 356.

Texas State Rifle Association
Texas State Rifle Association

Houston, Tx –-(Ammoland.com)- Tomorrow, House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety will be hear HB 356 in committee. This means public testimony, if any, will be taken and considered. We need your help!

HB 356 was filed by F rated, State Representative Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth). The change to proposed law states that a person’s concealed handgun license issued by another state would not be recognized in Texas if the person as established residency in Texas.

Snowbirds and other part-time Texans with an out of state concealed carry license, who live at least part of the time in Texas, have enjoyed the privilege of carrying with their home state’s license based on a reciprocal agreement. If HB 356 passes this tradition would effectively end when the licensees reaches the six month residency requirement.

You might recall as recently as two years ago, DPS was extremely behind on processing new and renewing Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses, and Texans sought out of state licenses. This was often required to be able to continue to carry and no fault of the Texan. If HB 356 were to pass the Texas licensee would find his out-of- state-carry license invalid, long before it expires.

This would also be true for over 5500 Texans who opted to get the Utah license. Utah certified out of state instructors to present and promote their inexpensive, easy to obtain concealed handgun license, to the annoyance of other states. Utah lost reciprocity with Nevada and New Mexico because of this practice of soliciting the Utah license in other states.

This year the Utah Legislature passed legislation requiring a person from a state which offers a concealed handgun license to have that state’s license before obtaining the Utah license.

If HB 356 passes, Texans, your Utah license will no longer be recognized, the license you obtained in good faith will disappear long before it expires. Keep in mind, the basic criteria for reciprocity is the background check.

Please call or email members of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety and tell them to Stop HB 356. Rep. Lon Burnam is F rated by TSRA and it’s a long standing F. He is not working on behalf of gun owners or public safety.

House Member Contact Information Links

House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety

  • Rep. Sid Miller (Chairman)
  • Rep. Allen Fletcher (VC)
  • Rep. Marva Beck
  • Rep. Lon Burnam
  • Rep. Joe Driver
  • Rep. Dan Flynn
  • Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway
  • Rep. Aaron Pena
  • Rep. Armando Walle

Remember we’re only as strong as our number of members! Join, renew, or upgrade your TSRA membership today at www.tsra.com or call 512-615-4200. We’re the NRA state affiliate but our money and our members come from Texas.

Keep the Faith,

Alice Tripp
Texas State Rifle Association

The Mission of the Texas State Rifle Association is to protect and defend the inalienable rights of the individual Texan to acquire, possess, transport, carry, transfer ownership and enjoy the right to lawful use of firearms for self preservation, for the defense of family and property and the common defense of the Republic and the individual liberties of the people. Visit: www.TSRA.com

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Ted Law

Antonio; I have to take issue with your statement that there is no "God Given Right to Carry"

That argument makes no sense, if i have a right from God to self defense, how to you expect me to do it if I can carry a weapon?

Texas should have constitutional carry anyone who wants training can always decide on their own, it is not the responsibility of the state to keep CHL trainers employed.

Antonio Orozco III

Mr. Benson has already published our best response to Ms. Tripps allegations on HB 356. Our Mission Statement, found in http://www.TACCI2009.ORG, clearly lays out our two main objectives for establishing the TX DPS Certified CHL Instructors. If you go to our website, you can look at our Texas wide gun safety program offered to the public at our expense; it is TSG or Texas Safe Gun. Besides the issue of safe guns in Texas, there are a host of industries dependent on the CHL training that are losing Texas tax dollars; those Texas dollars are being sent to Utah. By… Read more »



With all due respect as a CHL instructor it seems natural that you would have a problem with folks being able to carry without having to pay for your course.

Self defense it is a god given right and you don't need a class to exercises it. Just like you don't need a class to write a letter or express what is on your mind.

It is a right not a privilege.

Paul N Benson


Yes, I'm NRA, TSRA, and CHL Instructor.


Paul N Benson

Sorry Alicia I disagree 100% on this issue. Not all "carry" is "good carry", and the Utah license issue is a prime example. This is not about Snowbirds – Texas law will not affect their reciprocity issue unless they INTEND to become residents full-time. It is not about the Texas DPS being behind schedule in processing renewals… send your form in early instead of waiting till the last 30-60 days and it's not a problem. And the 5500 Texans who have taken the "cheap, short-cut" to a CHL from Utah (and their Instructors who push the "cheap, short-cut" agenda ARE… Read more »