February 07, 2017

Vol. 11  No. 05

News Letter

(Gun Legislation)

Staying Alive:  Firearms Training & Texas License To Carry

Michael J Arnold


Scheduled Training:
Subject: Texas License To Carry
Date: CLICK HERE for next class date
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Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range
Marion, TX  78124

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Random Shots:  Learn the law to avoid breaking it, not to argue about it beside the road.



As you are probably aware, every two years, members of the Texas Legislature descend on Austin, to try to pass new laws for which they hope to be remembered during the subsequent election cycles.  The prime motivator for pushing bills onto the governor's desk is the desire of the legislators to be remembered for the law he/she sponsored in order to garner votes, in future elections.

As a voter, you can influence the passage or rejection of new legislation by letting your State Representative or Senator know that the way he votes on a bill will dictate how you will vote when he's up for re-election.  But, that only works if you get active in the process.

A fairly simple way to keep up with proposed legislation is by signing up for notifications of Bill movement.  All you need is the Bill number (firearms related or otherwise), and an email address, where you can receive notifications.

Sign up at:  Texas Legislature Online

You can find the Bills you want to track by entering a key word on the search at the TLO search page at:  http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/

Having a knowledge of the laws is your responsibility.

Still looking for a starting point?  Although there are many others, you can start with these firearms related bills:

  • Senate Bills

    • SB16 by Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) & Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) eliminates original and renewal application fees for a License To Carry.  The $140 fee for an original license is $140 and one of the highest in the country and has not changed since 1995, despite advances in technology and passage of laws streamlining the license application and issuing process.

    •  SB133 - by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) establishes a Second Amendment sales tax holiday, exempting firearms and hunting supplies from the state sales tax during the last Saturday and Sunday in August before hunting season starts.

    • SB 263 by Rep. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) removes the minimum caliber requirement for the License To Carry proficiency exam. Currently, individuals seeking a handgun license are required to test with a .32 handgun or larger caliber.

    • SB 349 by Sen. Creighton clarifies the definition of "school-sponsored activity" in the Penal Code to avoid the establishment of roving gun-free zones in buildings or areas that are not owned by or under the control of an educational institution.

  • House Bills

    • HB 56 by Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) would allow first responders with LTCs to carry in prohibited and posted locations while engaged in official duties.

    • HB 339 by Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) eliminates original and renewal LTC application fees (similar to SB 16).

    • HB 375 by Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) would allow individuals who are not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm to carry without a license.

    • HB 403 by Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) removes the minimum caliber requirement for the LTC proficiency exam (similar to SB 263).

    • HB 485 by Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Frisco) establishes a Second Amendment sales tax holiday (similar to SB 133).

    • HB 560 by Rep. Springer would eliminate "gun-free zones" for persons possessing valid LTCs.

    • HB 606 by Rep. Springer provides immunity to property or business owners who elect not to post their premises off-limits to LTCs with 30.06 and/or 30.07 signs.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It Could)

Published by:

Staying Alive, Inc.
PO Box 126
St Hedwig, TX 78152


Michael Arnold
Chris Bird
Rudy Salazar
Pat Scott

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