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LTC (License To Carry: Open or Concealed)
January 01, 2017 open carry became legal in Texas. If you have a CHL, it is "grandfathered in," meaning you simply need to get the training and legal aspects of open carry. Otherwise l get a new license; both are required to avoid the long arm of the law!
SB 11 (Campus Carry):
Sept. 01, 2017... Read and understand at TX.DPS.GOV website.
A very sticky wicket!
HB 48 (Effective Sept. 1, 2013), HB 485 (Effective Sept. 1, 2013), HB 698 (Effective Sept. 1, 2013), SB 864 (Effective Sept. 1, 2013), HB 1349 (Effective Jan. 1, 2014), HB 3142 (Effective Immediately), HB 3370 (Effective Sept. 1, 2013), SB 164 (Effective Sept. 1, 2013) CHL Process Overhaul for First Time Applicants and Renewals.
The process to apply for a concealed handgun license, as well as to renew, has undergone significant modifications. For new applicants, SB 864 has changed how the class is taken.
The length of the classroom instruction is reduced to a minimum of 4 hours, not including range time. New applicants will still have to take the class in person. Under HB 48, to renew a CHL, all you have to do is submit a renewal application on the internet, pay a fee, and sign an acknowledgment of an "information form" that describes state law regarding when a CHL holder can carry a concealed handgun and the use of deadly force.
HB 333 (Effective Sept. 1, 2013)
With the passing of HB 333, hotels will be required to tell their guests up-front of any restrictive firearms policies prior to booking the rooms. Furthermore, they must receive an affirmative acknowledgment of their firearm policy. In other words, they couldn't hide a TPC §30.06 notice on the second to the last page of their impossible-to-find policy document without telling you about it.
HB 1421 (Effective Sept. 1, 2013), SB 1189 (Effective Sept. 1, 2013)
For better or for worse, one of the first bills to be signed by the governor was the bill regarding the auctioning of seized weapons, HB 1421. This bill allows law enforcement agencies to sell seized weapons at public auctions. Only licensed firearms dealers are allowed to purchase these seized firearms at such an auction, and the proceeds of the sale would go directly to the law enforcement agency. This is a new law that will require close scrutiny; while the bill could be enforced in a just and fair manner, the temptation and motivation for abuse by agencies with low budgets are high.
There are also new procedures for the seizure of weapons by police officers from the mentally ill, described by SB 1189. If the officer has reason to believe and does believe that the person is mentally ill and that because of the mental illness, there is a substantial risk of harm unless the person is immediately restrained, then the officer may seize any firearm found in possession of that person.
There is a very involved system regarding the receipt of the seizure and how to reclaim the firearm if you've been released or have received inpatient mental health care. Of note is the fact that, after you've been said to be released, the law enforcement agency will conduct background checks to verify that you may still lawfully possess your firearm.
SB 1400 (Effective Immediately)
The legislature has added a host of new provisions regarding air guns, which they define as any gun that discharges a pellet, BB, or paintball by means of compressed air, gas propellant, or spring.
The law states that municipalities may no longer adopt regulations concerning the transfer, private ownership, keeping, transportation, licensing, or registration of air guns. However, it grants the ability to regulate the discharge of air guns, the use of air guns in the case of riots or other insurrections, and the carrying of an air gun by a minor on public property or private property without the consent of the property owner.
Counties may adopt regulations regarding the discharge of air guns on property 10 acres or less in the unincorporated area of the county in a subdivision.
Interestingly, a municipality may not regulate the carrying of an air gun by a CHL holder at public parks, public meetings of the municipality, county, or other governmental body, political rallies, or non-firearms related school, college, or professional athletic events. So, for frequent paintball players, it may be worthwhile to get a CHL!
HB 2407 (Effective Jan. 1, 2014), SB 299 (Effective Sept. 1, 2013), HB 1862 (Effective Sept. 1, 2013)
Restoration of a Ward's Rights
A ward in Texas is someone who is determined by the courts to be incapacitated and will therefore require a guardian.
A result of becoming a ward is that you lose the ability to purchase firearms. If a ward's capacity was completely restored, that is to say, they are no longer incapacitated, and a court has made or is making such a finding, HB 2407 establishes some guidelines regarding the reestablishment of their rights to purchase a firearm.
The failure to conceal law has received some attention during the legislative session as well. The current phrase of "intentional failure to conceal" will be changed to "intentional display of the handgun" in plain view of another person in a public place based on SB 299. While it may seem a victory at first, the statute is unclear as to how this substantively changes the current law by failing to define what constitutes a "display" or "plain view of another person."
Only time and the courts will show us how this change will affect our lives. On a positive note, SB 299 also reconciles the "display" of a handgun with the use of force statutes by stating that the justification for the use of force, not just deadly force, would be a defense to this crime.
The statute formerly limited justifiable failure to conceal to only those situations where the use of deadly force was justified.
Finally, though unrelated to firearms, knife aficionados will be pleased to hear that switchblades will no longer be a prohibited weapon under HB 1862. They will now be subject to the same regulations for all knives. Note that this law won't prohibit local government from regulating switchblade or automatic knives because the Texas knife law pre-emption bill did not pass, but at least there is no longer an overall prohibition on the state level. Even though we've made it through both the regular session and first special session, Governor Rick Perry has called a second special session. Whenever the legislature is in session, we must remain ever vigilant and observant of our rights, lest we lose them. Texas Law Shield will keep a watchful eye out for any other bills that affect your firearms rights for better or worse and keep you updated.
Texas Law Shield, LLP
4HrLTC.com is truly on the cutting edge of all things concerning licensing. When we started our 4-hour program, we were scoffed at, called traitors, and some even tried to accuse us of running contrary to the law. Those complaints by our fellow Texas DPS-certified instructors were unfounded and resulted in a meeting with Texas DPS Investigators. What came out of that meeting in early 2013 was our advice on several ways to streamline its program, but more importantly, on how to shorten the Texas CHL class, which had become a marathon of 10-15 hours to what became law passed in the Texas legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Perry. Most of it came into effect Sept. 01, 2013. Our small part in helping reduce the Texas class to only 4 hours, plus removal of the revolver’s semi-auto designation, has helped Texas instructors tremendously, but we have a long way to go. They did not drop the contract with Morpho Identity (the digital fingerprint company Texas is beholden to), which is one of the major stumbling blocks for Texas citizens in completing their Texas CHL application.
What takes place is: You complete your Texas class at a local vendor, spend $38.50 for a box of ammo to pass the shooting test, and depending on whether that instructor is beholden to the gun range, another $10–$25 for gun range usage, you get passport photos, maybe not; notary, who knows?
What we do know for a fact is you have to make a reservation with Morpho, and more times than not, you have to take off work because they only work Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM as of this posting and pay $10 for the abuse. It is the FBI that authorizes all concealed weapons licenses in the United States. No state has the authority to issue without first being approved by the FBI. With that in mind, read the following as it pertains to a concealed carry permit/license.
Hinojosa, Criminal Justice:
S.B. 481 author/sponsor's statement of intent:
The intent of Hinojosa was to explain reciprocity between Texas/Florida, how that agreement allows for the acquisition of a non-resident Florida concealed weapon license, and verifies its validity in the State of Texas, as do 34 other states the Florida license has similar agreements with. Further, Florida is unique in that it has a specific license application for out-of-state citizens and citizen aliens of the United States, taught by instructors approved by the Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Licensing's legal department.
Extracts from the Texas DPS website
Florida/Tennesee since September 7, 2000
Texas has signed reciprocal agreements with Florida and Tennessee, allowing citizens with concealed handgun licenses issued by Florida or Tennessee to legally carry concealed handguns in Texas and vice versa.
"This agreement will allow licensed Texans to travel freely in the states of Tennessee and Florida while enjoying the same or similar privileges their licenses give them at home," Davis said. These reciprocity agreements—the fifth and sixth Texas has reached with another state—were made possible by 1997 changes to the state's concealed handgun law.
Texas also has reciprocity agreements with Arkansas, Louisiana, Arizona, and Oklahoma. "Texans should remember that weapons laws vary from state to state, and before traveling, license holders should educate themselves about laws in other states that govern where and when they can legally carry their concealed handguns," Davis said.