These bills are working their way through the biennial Legislation; let try to push our Senators and Representatives into passing a few (or all) of them.
House Bill 47 reduces the class time required for a CHL to 4 to 6 hours from the current 10 or so.
House Bill 508 Makes it illegal for a public employee to wrongly post or provide notice that a place or building is posted 30.06 (prohibited for Concealed Carry ). This would be helpful because some public employees are illegally posting notices.
House Bill 698 a — This one is really needed. Currently everyone has to submit digitally taken fingerprints to the state to get a CHL. Problem? Some areas don’t have an authorized location with easy travel distance. Heck, here in the metroplex there are only 1 or 2 locations near me. The bill allows changes to rule to allow for normal finger printing if there is no facility within 25 miles.
House Bill 700 OPEN CARRY – this bill would let anyone with a Concealed Handgun License Openly Carry in the State. I really want this one to pass.
Senate Bill 182 and House Bill 972 Campus Carry — It does not make sense that we trust people to carry on one side of an imaginary line but not the other. Schools are not more stressful then other places (like roads, eh). And the majority of people who are qualified to carry aren’t the 18-21 year olds living on campus getting drunk every week the media and the antis try to make them out to be. They are the veterans, the cops, the homemakers and people seeking second careers.
Senate Bill 299 Hadn’t heard of this one until recently. It is a great idea. In Texas, if your firearm “prints” (is discernible because the shape is visible through your cover garment) or is or is otherwise noticeable, even accidentally, then it is not ‘concealed’. And that comes with a hefty fine. This bill removes the penalty for accidental exposure. Even if we pass Open Carry, we still need this bill because many folks will still carry concealed.
HB 1077 Parking Lot bill for colleges and universities — makes sense to keep them from implementing policies on what students can keep in their cars.
HB 1078 Removes the penalty for carrying on college or university premises. I would rather remove the restriction completely but this works also.
HB 1142 One to make the nannies and ninnies wet the bed. Teaching the 2nd Amendment and firearm safety in high school as an elective course. I like it but low priority. It would be a start to changing the culture .
HB 1194 Another Open Carry Bill. Will have to look at the differences between this and HB700
HB 1298 This one is needed. Currently if a school is having a field trip someplace; any CHL holder near by or in that location suddenly is violating the law. This would remove that restriction for everyone not a student, teacher or associated with the field trip.
HB 1304 House version of SB 299 removing restriction against inadvertent or accidental display of a concealed firearm.
Find out who represents you (if you don’t already know) here and let’s get on the ball contacting them. Lots of great bills here.
We don’t have to just resist the anti-rights bills; we can push to expand our rights and keep the antis on defense.