Spotty Understanding for the New Guns in Cars Law

Spotty Understanding for the New Guns in Cars Law
Update on SB 321

Texas State Rifle Association
Texas State Rifle Association

Houston, Tx –-( If you work for a Texas company and recently received information from your employer regarding your right to have a firearm in your vehicle while parked in your employer’s parking lot, I’d like to know.

I’d also like to see the document. Most companies have moved toward complying with Final Version of SB 321, which became law on Sept.1st.

This law protects the jobs of Texans wanting to have a firearm in their vehicle. It allows all firearms and ammunition and most industry employees are protected, with or without a concealed handgun license. The exceptions, which are not exclusions, are within the gas and oil industry.

Remember the issue was heavily opposed for a number of sessions and industry lawyers are still working to discover and create loopholes and hurdles impacting the new law. These struggles are not specific to Texas and have been the case in every state that passed a similar bill.

No Shooting This Go-Round for Renewing Instructors
Tx DPS Announces New Renewal Proces for CHL Instructors

This fall Texas Concealed Handgun Instructors are in various stages of renewing their instructor credentials. Some have completed their online application, others have taken the online exam, many have done both, and yet others are waiting. Everyone has been waiting to be told the details of how, with the new online renewal process in place, instructors would go about qualifying on a shooting range.

Soon all DPS-certified Texas Concealed Handgun Instructors will receive a packet of information with the detailed answer to this question and more. However, the really good news is that beginning with this year’s 2011 renewal group, instructors will demonstrate range proficiency every other renewal.

This means renewing instructors in good standing will not be required to demonstrate handgun proficiency this year. The few who might be required to demonstrate proficiency have recently lapsed credentials. These few will be notified seperately.

All questions about future range qualifications will be answered with materials in the packets. Don’t fret.

So Texas Instructors, get your online business taken care of.

DPS has two classes scheduled in October to certify new instructors as the program continues to grow. We currently have 2,680 active CHL instructors and 505,208 active Texas licensees.

September 1 means New Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Whether you hope for a place to dove hunt, teal hunt, or fish for shark, you better pick up that license. Don’t test the water and be fined.
Members, stay tuned for information about a National CHL Reciprocity Bill moving in Congress later this fall. I’ll let you know when and who to call.

Remember TSRA is the NRA state affiliate but our money and our power comes from Texans. Join, renew, or up-grade your membership at or call 512-615-4200 during regular business hours.

Pray for Rain and 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:

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My employer is requesting me to register with them and tell them if i am going to be bringing a handgun on premisis. They are asking for days worked,hours worked,vehicle model,make, color,and liscence plate #. Not sure if i have to do this but i have a feeling it is so they can check to see if my doors are locked.