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
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
Having a knowledge of the laws is
Still looking for
a starting point? Although there are many others, you can
start with these firearms related 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
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.
HB 56 by Rep. Dan Flynn
(R-Van) would allow first responders with LTCs to carry
in prohibited and posted locations while engaged in
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
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
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.