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February 04, 2015

Vol. 9   No. 03

Protect Yourself

It's more than just 'bad guys' that you have to protect yourself from.

There's an old saying, "Ignorance of the law is no excuse."

Since you will not be required to attend a renewal class, wherein we used to cover changes in the laws relating to CHL, here's an alternative to consider:

If you are interested in staying current on changes to CHL law, CLICK HERE and sign up for legislative update notifications directly from the State of Texas.

Some 2015 CHL related bills you might want to follow are:

HB 106 Licensed open carry of a handgun (same as HB 415)
HB 164 Licensed open carry of a handgun
HB 195 Open carry of a handgun without a license
HB 198 Relating to CHLs attending school board meetings
HB 206 Relating to a sales tax holiday for firearms and hunting supplies
HB 226 Carrying a handgun by a CHL on governmental property (same as SB 273)
HB 284 Lowers the caliber requirement for CHL handgun proficiency exam (same as SB 179)
HB 291 Licensed open carry of a handgun (same as HB 106)
HB 308 Places a CHL may carry a handgun
HB 415 Licensed open carry of a handgun (same as HB 106)
HB 910 Licensed open carry of a handgun
HB 922 Licensed open carry of a handgun
HB 937 Allows CHLs to carry on college and university campuses (as filed last session)
HB 944 Licensed open carry of a handgun

SB  11 Allows CHLs to carry on college and university campuses (as filed last session)
SB 179 Lowers the caliber requirement for CHL handgun proficiency exam (same as HB 284)
SB 228 An exemption from sales tax for firearms and hunting for a limited period
SB 256 Relating to an offense for the unlawful possession or transfer of a large-capacity magazine
SB 257 Relating reporting a lost or stolen firearm, creating an offense with criminal penalties
SB 258 Relating to creation of offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows
SB 259 Relation to criminal history background checks for all firearm transfers
SB 273 Carrying by a CHL on governmental property (same as HB 226)
SB 311 Makes changes to where a CHL can carry in PC 46.03 and PC 46.035
SB 342 Open carry of a handgun without a license CHLs on College and University Campuses
SB 346 Licensed open carry of a handgun

One law that hasn't changed is:

Sec. 9.05.  RECKLESS INJURY OF INNOCENT THIRD PERSON.  Even though an actor is justified under this chapter in threatening or using force or deadly force against another, if in doing so he also recklessly injures or kills an innocent third person, the justification afforded by this chapter is unavailable in a prosecution for the reckless injury or killing of the innocent third person.

How do you protect yourself?

  1. Know the laws.  Know the limitations on the use of deadly force.  Stay current on where you can and cannot carry your handgun.  Keep up with all the changes in CHL related laws.

  2. Get off the couch, and go spend some time at a shooting range.  If you're going to carry a handgun, know how to use it properly.  This will help protect you from prosecution that could result from reckless injury or killing of the innocent third person

You have the right keep and bear arms.  I believe that with that Right comes an Obligation to do so in a safe manner and to comply with the laws of the State.


Practice, Practice, Practice

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