Houston, Tx –-(Ammoland.com)- Last Thursday, Governor Perry added conservative issues to the last two weeks of the Special Session but the list did not include gun-related bills.
While this is disappointing, all the pro-gun bills passed during the regular session have now been signed into law and will take effect September 1st 2013. The list includes some major streamlines for concealed handgun licensees.
SB 1907 by Sen. Glenn Hegar/ Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt allows CHL-students to have firearms in their personal locked vehicle when parked on a private or public university or college parking lot. A CHL-student could not be prosecuted but they were subject to the rule-making authority of the school and could be expelled. Passed and signed by Governor Perry.
SB 299 by Sen. Craig Estes/Rep. Kenneth Sheets provides language to clarify the unintentional display of a firearm by a concealed handgun licensee. The language changed from “failure to conceal” to “intentional display of a weapon in a public place” when force or deadly force is not authorized. Passed and Signed by Governor Perry
SB 864 by Sen. Donna Campbell/Rep. Dan Flynn reduces the number of hours for the initial CHL class. The bill does not touch the required materials, the written test, or firearm proficiency exam. Range qualification is still in place but no counts toward the required hours. Passed and Signed by Governor Perry
HB 48 by Rep. Dan Flynn/Sen. Donna Campbell creates in statute a process for renewing your CHL online without taking a renewal class. Passed and Signed by Governor Perry 6/14/13
HB 698 by Rep.Springer/Sen. Craig Estes requires access to digital fingerprinting not more than 25 miles from the applicant’s residence and is limited to counties with a population of 46,000 or less. This is specific to rural Texans who are forced to drive hundreds of miles for digital fingerprinting. Passed and Signed by Governor Perry 6/14/13
HB 3142 by Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr./Sen. Craig Estes repeals the SA/NA designation for the CHL license. No more gun categories. Passed and Signed by Governor Perry 6/14/13
HB 1421 by Rep. Perry/Sen. Craig Estes provides law enforcement agencies an option in statute to sell confiscated firearms to a federal firearm dealer (FFL) instead of destroying. After the cost of the sale and any other related charges, funds could stay with that law enforcement agency. Passed and Signed by Governor Perry
HB 333 by Rep. Guillen/ Sen. Hinojosa requires hotels and motels to provide advance notice if they prohibit firearms. Passed and Signed by Governor Perry
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Texas law prohibits “open carry” with a few exceptions. You may carry a handgun openly on your own property/business, while “in the field” (hunting, etc.), and very few more instances. I was surprised at this when I moved to Texas years ago. We are trying to change that, though. One of my BIG concerns is that if open carry is legalized, it will be like Oklahoma, i.e., you must be licensed. I would actually like to see Constitutional Carry, here and everywhere. Why in Hell should we require a state “permission slip” (with added taxes, of course) to exercise that… Read more »
I thought Texas had open carry? Just not in places selling alcohol? I would like to know.
I am confused, I wasn’t aware Texas law was so restrictive! What the heck is this fingerprinting and training requirement stuff for a carry permit? No open carry either?
Good to see things are getting a little better for you poor Texans, but I will stay in Pennsylvania…..for now, but we are surrounded.
I could not agree with yacope more. I would highly encourage a law that allows CCW on Campus by permit holders!
Although I’m glad these bills were signed I am disappointing and dismayed that CHL holders still have to disarm themselves and become helpless on campus. As a female that already had a bad encounter due to the criminal friendly zone on campus and a CHL holder I had hoped I would be able to legally excercise my right to defend myself on campus sooner rather than later. The failure to pass this law only serves the criminal and endanger the innocent. All victims of violent crimes on campus know who to blame: the spineless legislature of the Great State of… Read more »