Texas legislative session - 2013


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MaterDei
February 4, 2013, 09:38 PM
Calling all Texans. The Texas legislature is back in session. These are the bills which the TSRA is pushing to pass this session.

Please call your rep and senator to encourage the support of these bills.

Hot topic bills for Texas gun-owners include:

HB 47 by Rep. Flynn (R-Van) which after a committee substitute would lower the hours for the initial CHL course from 10 hours to "not less than 4 or more than 6, not to include time on the shooting range." With the passage of HB 47, only 6 states out of 39 require more classroom hours than Texas.

HB 508 by Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) provides a fine for the improper posting of the PC 30.06 sign at locations such as the entrance to the Fort Worth Zoo, on the parking lot of a school, the door to a city library,or other locations not listed as off-limits in statute and not private property.

HB 698 by Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) would require that digital fingerprinting service be within 25 miles of the applicant. We have CHLs driving hundreds of miles to the closest L-1 printing franchise
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HB 700 by Rep. George Lavender (R-Texarkana) a bill allowing a person with a Texas concealed handgun license to have the option of carrying concealed or openly holstered. Expect a committee substitute to create a sign for use by private property owners not wishing to restrict those carrying concealed.

SB 182 by Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) allowing adult students, faculty, and staff with a concealed handgun license to carry into the buildings of colleges and universities. A #1 personal protection issue.

SB 299 by Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) would clarify "unintentional display" of a handgun for those with a concealed handgun license.

This list above highlights only a few of the many pro-gun bills filed in Texas so far this session. Filing ends the first week in March.

More information can be found at http://www.legis.state.tx.us

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ArcherandShooter
February 5, 2013, 09:57 PM
Some of those are long overdue, most especially the clarification of unintentional display vs. "brandishing". I will be all over my rep and senator about these.

Thanks for posting.

Deltaboy
February 5, 2013, 10:02 PM
Thanks.

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