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TSRA Legislative History

Our Legislative History

1985-2017

Larry Phillips.voting YESRep. Larry Phillips 2015

Texas State Rifle Association

protecting Texas gun owners since 1919

69th Legislative Session-1985 

TSRA Supported

SB 1187 by Senator Buster Brown/Rep. Bob Leonard prohibits cities, counties, and governmental entities from passing gun law more restrictive than state law.  Note: not available online

HB 1656 by Rep. Bill Messer protects Texas hunters and game from harassment and disruptions during a hunt. Not available online

74th Legislative Session-1995

TSRA Supported

SB 60 by Sen. Jerry Patterson (R-Pasadena)Rep. Bill Carter (R-Ft. worth) created Texas concealed handgun law and was signed by Governor George W. Bush after an attempt in 1993 had been vetoed by the previous governor of Texas.

76th Legislative Session-1999

Governor George W. Bush (R)–Lt. Governor Rick Perry (R)–Speaker Pete Laney(D)

TSRA Supported

SB 717 by Sen. Jon Lindsay (R-Houston)/ Rep. Rick Green (R-Dripping Springs) protection from frivolous lawsuits for Texas firearm dealers and manufacturers.

HCR57 by Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp (R-Lampasas) Children’s Firearm Safety Week.

Bills Defeated

HB 186 by Rep. John Longoria (D-San Antonio) would prohibit the possession of a firearm (even a long gun) by a minor under 17.

HB 199 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth) would prohibit minors, under the age of 17, from possession of a firearm.  Defense to prosecution was if you were with your parent or guardian.

HB 200 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth) would create a 3rd degree felony for providing a firearm to a youth under the age of 18.

HB 489 by Rep. Glenn Lewis (D-Ft. Worth) would create an offense for selling, or otherwise transferring a firearm without a trigger lock.

HB 1199 by Rep. Debra Danburg (D-Ft. Worth) firearms sales at gun shows.

HB 2169 by Rep. Eliot Naishtat (D-Austin) construction standards, permitting, and inspection of private sport shooting ranges.

77th Legislative Session-2001

Governor Rick Perry (R)–Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff (R)–Speaker Pete Laney (D)

TSRA Supported

HB 1837 by Rep. Mary Denny (R-Aubrey)/Sen Ken Armbrister (R-Victoria) protects sport shooting ranges from noise-related lawsuits.  Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) spoke in committee in favor of the legislation saying shooting ranges are not about guns but about public safety.

HB 278 by Rep. Bill Carter (R-Ft. Worth)/Sen. Todd Staples (R-Palestine) revised and improved meaningful statistics, collected by the Texas Department of Public Safety, relating to crime statistics and concealed handgun licensees.

SB 430 by Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Frisco) authorizes the NRA Eddie Eagle program to be an included offering in the school safety center program.

Bills Defeated

HB 193 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth) to limit or prohibit the possession of a firearm by a person under 21.

HB 194 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth) would create a felony if a firearm is sold, rented, or transferred to a person under 17 at a venue defined as a gun show.

HB 209 by Rep. John Longoria (D-San Antonio) to prohibit a person under 17 from possession of a firearm.

HB 367 by Rep. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen) would require background checks on all firearm sales, including private sales between attendees, at a gun show.

HB 404 by Rep. Debra Danburg (D-Houston) would require background checks at gun shows.

HB 446 by Rep. Glenn Lewis (D-Dallas) mandatory trigger locks.

HB 635 by Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) dealt with offenses at gun shows.

HB 885 by Rep. Jesse Jones (D-Dallas) would prohibit the possession of a handgun in a church by a CHL.

HB 1410 by Rep. Glenn Lewis (D-Dallas)/Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) mandatory trigger locks.

SB 294 by Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) dealing with background checks at gun shows.

78th Legislative Session-2003

Governor Rick Perry (R)–Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (R)–Speaker Tom Craddick (R)

TSRA Supported

HB 284 by Rep. Dan Ellis (D-Livingston) allows a law-abiding Texan access to a handgun in their RV, travel trailer, or stock trailer without a handgun license.

HB 498 by Rep. Carl Isett (R-Lubbock) extends the 50% senior discount for the original CHL to include the renewal fee, thereby lowering the renewal for a person over 60 yrs old from $70 to $35.

HB 1704 by Rep. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) to protect the opportunity for non-resident Texans to obtain and keep a Texas concealed handgun license.

HB 2086 by Rep. Robert Talton (R-Pasadena) allowing CHLs to carry on property controlled by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).

HB 3477 by Rep. Jack Stick (R-Austin)/Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) transfers the authority to negotiate CHL reciprocity agreements from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Attorney General’s office under Greg Abbott.

HB 2971 by Rep. Linda Harper-Brown with SB 874 by Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) created TSRA’s vanity license plate with language to direct the net profit to Texas A&M at College Station with 50% going to 4-H Shooting Sports and 50% to the Tub Scholarship Program within the A&M Foundation.

SB 236 by Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) exempts landowners by statute from the requirement to obtain a hunting license to remove feral hogs on land they own.

SB 501 by Sen. Ken Armbrister (D-Victoria)/Rep. Hupp (R-Lampasas) corrected a previous AG’s opinion to clarify that only the Texas Legislature has the exclusive authority to determine where a handgun licensee may or may not go with their handgun on publicly owned property.   Referred to as CHL Preemption.

SB734 by Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands)/Rep. Anna Mowery (R-Ft. Wt.) Allowing hunting with ceratin firearms on private property of a certain size which had been annexed by cities.  Protects public safety while extending hunting opportunities.

Defeated Bills

HB 131 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth) to prohibit youth under the age of 17 from possession of a long gun.

HB 278 by Rep. Paul Moreno (D-El Paso) would set up a ballistic database.

HB 743 by Rep. Scott Hochberg (D-Houston) would restrict paramilitary operations.

HB 1259 by Rep. Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas) would require handgun licensee, new or renewing,  to provide a doctor’s statement certifying mental competency.

HB 2263 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Dallas) dealing with the transfer of a firearm to a person under 17 yrs of age.

HB 1546 by Rep. Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) would add BB guns to the prohibited weapon list.

79th Legislative Session-2005

Governor Rick Perry (R)–Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (R)–Speaker Tom Craddick (R)

TSRA Supported

HB 225 by Rep. Joe Driver (R-Garland)/Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) changed the term of the concealed handgun license from 4 years, birthday to birthday, to five years after the first renewal, effectively lowering the overall cost of the license.

HB 322 by Rep. Suzanna Hupp (R-Lampasas) allows active or retired military under the age of 21 to obtain a concealed handgun license.

HB 823 by Rep. Terry Keel (R-Austin)/Sen. Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen) created a presumption of traveling with a handgun.  The Presumption of Traveling language did not work.  Final fix passed as Car Carry bill in 2007.

HB1038 by Rep. Carl Isett (R-Lubbock)/Sen. Kim Brimer (R-Ft. Wt.) Due to Legislative oversight it was necessary to pass language allowing half price renewal for seniors renewing their CHL.  The lowered the fee for a senior renewal from $70 to $35.

HB 1831 by Rep. Robert Talton (R-Pasadena)/Sen. Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen) for the purpose of obtaining a CHL, deferred adjudication was redefined in statute.  Before HB 1831, a deferred adjudication was treated as a conviction.

SB 734 by Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands)/Rep. Anna Mowery (R-Ft. Worth) to protect close hunting opportunities on certain size land, when annexed by a city.

Defeated Bills

HB 332 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth) would prohibit the possession of a firearm by a minor under the age of 18.

HB 2633 by Rep. Hubert Vo (D-Houston)/Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Dallas) would add all law enforcement facilities to the list of prohibited locations for handgun licensees.

SB 1386 by Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Dallas) would prohibit the sale of semiautomatic rifles.

80th Legislative Session-2007

Governor Rick Perry (R)–Lt. Governor David Dewhurst–Speaker Tom Craddick (R)

TSRA Supported

HB 308 by Rep. Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin)/Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) allows those with a certain handicap accesses to laser sights when hunting Texas game animals.

HB 991 by Rep. Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs)/Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) protects CHLs contact information from anyone but law enforcement during a criminal investigation.   The main opposition was the press.

HB 1815 by Rep. Carl Isett (R-Lubbock)/Sen. Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen) allows law-abiding Texans to have a handgun, stored out of sight, in their vehicle without a state-issued license.  Final passage occurred in the Senate on the last day of session, when Senators voted to “roll back” the clock.   HB 1815 corrected a 100 yr. old problem and moved to restore rights.

HB 2045 by Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman)/Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) corrective language to protect and direct the net profits from TSRA’s vanity license plate.  Proceeds go to 4-H Shooting Sports and the Tubb Scholarship at Texas A&M in College Station.

SB 112 by Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas)/Rep. Frank Corte (R-San Antonio) Emergency Powers Act, post Hurricane Katrina, to protect Texans during a disaster by allowing evacuees to move firearms and ammunition without fear of confiscation.

SB 322 by Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville)/Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) protects the 2nd amendment rights of foster parents from new and over-reaching,  agency-created rules.

SB 378 by Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio)/Rep. Joe Driver (R-Garland) Castle Doctrine removes the duty to retreat when a law-abiding Texan is in a place where he or she has a right to be and is forced to use force or deadly force.  Provides for civil immunity.  First bill passed and first bill signed by Governor Perry during session.

SB 535 by Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy)/Rep. Mark Homer (D-Paris) protects the rights of CHLs on property managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Bills Defeated

HB 594 by Rep. Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas) would create an offense for the sale of firearms without a background check at a gun show.

HB 595 by Rep. Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas) would require a waiting period for the sale or purchase of a handgun.

SB 1755 by Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Dallas) relating to background checks at gun shows.

81st Legislative Session-2009

Governor Rick Perry (R)–Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (R)–Speaker Joe Straus (R)

TSRA Supported

HB 410 by Rep. Carl Isett (R-Lubbock)/Sen. Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen) would remove the requirement of a CHL when carrying their handgun and stopped by law enforcement to display their license and remove the penalty for failure to display.   Note: Although this measure failed, an amendment removing the penalty for failure to display was amended to the DPS sunset bill.

HB 2664 by Rep. Allan Ritter (D-Nederland)/Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) requires effective notice be given for a CHL in a 51% alcohol facility.

SB 1188 by Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls)/Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) allows Texans to purchase and take possession of long guns when the purchase occurs beyond states contiguous to Texas.  This measure brought Texas into harmony with existing federal law.

Bills Defeated

HB 3352 by Rep. Eliot Naishtat (D-Austin)/Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) Federal firearm background check

82nd Legislative Session-2011

Governor Rick Perry (R)–Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (R)–Speaker Joe Straus (R)

TSRA Support

HB 25 by Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) to allow law-abiding Texans to have a handgun on their watercraft without the state issued license.

SB 321 by Sen. Glenn Hegar, Jr. (R-Katy)/Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington) to allow Texas employees to store a firearm in thier personal vehicle while on their employer’s parking lot.  This issue took 8 years to pass both chambers and become law.

SB 766 by Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls)/Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) protects safe, outdoor sport shooting ranges from frivolous lawsuits.

HB 2127 by Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Ft. Worth)/Sen. Chris Harris (R-Arlington) relating to municipal regulations on the discharge of a firearm in certain Texas counties.

HB 2560 by Rep. Ralph Sheffield (R-Temple)/Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) relating to transporting a foster child by a person with a concealed handgun license.

Bills Defeated

HB 356 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth) would require a Texas resident to obtain a Texas CHL.

HB 2807 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth) would create an offense for possession and/or transfer of semiautomatic weapons.

83rd Legislative Session-2013

Governor Rick Perry (R)–Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (R)–Speaker Joe Straus (R)

TSRA Supported New Law-Passed

HB 47 by Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van)/SB 864 by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) relating to the number of required course hours to obtain a concealed handgun license.

HB 48 by Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van)/Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) created an online renewal process for the Texas concealed handgun license.

HB 333 by Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City)/Sen. Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen) requiring a hotel to publish their firearm policy.

HB 698 by Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster)/Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) relating to the accessibility of digital finger printing for those seeking a concealed handgun license in counties with a population of less than 46,000.

HB 1421 by Rep. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock)/Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) encouraging the resale and disposition of revenues for resale of certain confiscated firearm held by Texas law enforcement agencies.

HB 2860 by Rep. Pat Harless (R-Spring)/SB 987 by Sen. Glenn Hegar, Jr.(R-Katy) relating to requiring the attorney general to obtain an injunction against a municipality or county that adopts prohibited regulations regarding firearms, ammunition, or firearm supplies.

HB 3142 by Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr. (R-Magnolia)/Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) removed the requirement that a CHL qualify with a semiautomatic handgun to be able to carry a semiautomatic handgun.

SB 299 by Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls)/Rep. Kenneth Sheets (R-Dallas) clarified the unintentional display of a handgun by a concealed handgun licensee and added “force” to “deadly force” to further harmonize existing law.

SB 1907 by Sen. Glenn Hegar, Jr. (R-Katy)/Rep. Tim Kleinschimdt (R-Lexington) allows college and university students with a handgun license to have their handgun and ammunition in their vehicle without fear of institution sanctions.

Bills Defeated

HB 383 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth)/SB 481 by Sen. Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen) Relating to the recognition and validity of a license to carry a concealed handgun issued by another state.

HB 801 by Rep. Sergio Munoz (D-Palmview) Relating to the discharge of a firearm across the property line of a school.

HB 1030 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth) Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to prohibit the sale of firearms on public property in certain circumstances.

HB 1747 by Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg) Relating to a packaging notice for new firearms and firearm ammunition; imposing a criminal penalty.

HB 2050 by Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston) Relating to the creation of a task force to conduct a study and develop recommendations to alleviate the incidence of gun violence in this state.

HB 3143 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows.

HB 3288 by Rep. Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas) Relating to drug testing of a person seeking to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.

HB 3325 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) Relating to the regulation and prohibition of certain assault weapons.

HB 3347 by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin)/SB 1527 by Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows.

HB 3741 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth) Relating to an education program for firearms sellers regarding mental health and immunity from civil liability for certain actions.

HB 3772 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston)/SB 1526 by Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) Relating to criminal history background checks in connection with firearm sales.

HB 3773 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) Relating to the use of deadly force in defense of a person or residence.

SB 1348 by Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) Relating to certain criminal offenses concerning the unlawful transfer or purchase of certain weapons.

SB 1349 by Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) Relating to the use of deadly force in defense of a person or property.

SB 1676 by Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) Relating to creating an offense for the unlawful possession or transfer of a large capacity magazine.

84th Legislative Session 2015

Governor Greg Abbott–(R) Lt. Governor Dan Patrick–(R) Speaker of the House Joe Straus–(R)

HB 910 by Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman)/SB 17 Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) Licensed Open Carry of a handgun.  As of January 1, 2016 the Texas concealed handgun license, passed in 1995,  will be referred to as a License to Carry, and Texans with the state-issued license will no longer commit an offense if their handgun or a portion of their handgun is displayed when carried in a belt or shoulder holster.    In addition PC 30.07 was passed alerting licensees to businesses that may allow licensees to carry concealed but not displayed.  HB 910, Licensed Open Carry, was a House priority bill during the 2015 session.

Bill author, State Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman), was awarded TSRA’s Legislator of the Year for 2015 for his work to pass HB 910-Licensed Open Carry and his support as chairman of House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.  List of bill authors and co-authors for HB 910.

SB11 by Sen. Brian Birdwell/HB937 by Rep. Allen Fletcher.  After the Virginia Tech murders, Students for CHL on Campus, a national organization, contacted TSRA asking for help to change Texas to allow licensees: students, faculty, and staff access to their handgun for personal protection as they move about their Texas college campus and into campus buildings.  SB 11 was a senate priority bill in 2015.

SB473 by Sen. Charles Perry/HB 989 by Rep. Frullo.  Clarifies in statute the unnecessary “defense to prosecution” for the legal ownership of a device compliant with ATF form 4.

SJR22 by Sen. Creighton/HJR61 by Rep. Trent Ashby.  An amendment to the Texas Constitution to protect hunting and fishing by traditional methods against a growing threat from anti-sporting organizations.  Passed in the Texas House and Senate by the required 2/3s vote and passed on the ballot in November 2015.

SB273 by Sen. Donna Campbell/HB226 by Rep. Ryan Guillen.  Gives the Texas attorney general the authority to sue governmental entities who prohibit entrance by handgun licensees from locations not listed as prohibited in statute.  It also creates on the AG’s website, a complaint process which can be utilized by Texas citizens

84th Legislative Session-2017

**SB16 by Senator Robert Nichols/Representative Phil King

In 1995 the Texas Legislature passed the concealed handgun license.  At that time the fee to the state for the CHL was put into statute at $140 for the initial license and $70 to renew.  The only discounts were allotted to seniors over 60 who were given a 50% discount and to indigents for the same 50% discount.

Over the years the Legislature created discounts for various groups such as judges, district attorneys, military, law enforcement and others but nothing for the average hardworking Texan.  In addition, the process of issuing the license has been streamline through technology.

Before passage of SB 16, the Texas LTC was the third most expensive license to carry in the country.  Now it is one of the least expensive.   The most any Texan will pay the state for the license is $40, which is essentially the “cost” to the state to produce the license.  Those who would have paid $140 will pay $40 and their renewal will also be $40.  It will be $40 for seniors for their first license instead of $70 but the renewal fee of $35 will stay the same.  A licensee might pay less than $40 but not more.

Texans are paying for 5 years of personal protection, $8 a year, $40.  Our license substitutes for a NICS check and provides reciprocity in 34 states.   While TSRA strongly supports unlicensed carry of a handgun, the Texas license has become comfortable and acceptable even to those who worked for decades to oppose.

Special thank you’s to Senator Robert Nichols the author of SB 16 , to Representative Phil King for HB300, Representative Dustin Burrows for HB339 and to Representative Kyle Kacal for HB1024; all filed to create support for SB 16.    The issue was Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s #1 priority for Texas gun owners.   September 1st effective date.

Governor signed (5/26/2017)

**Caliber Requirement for LTC Qualification

SB263 by Senator Perry/Representative Drew Springer    Since 1995 there has been a minimum caliber requirement in statute for the range proficiency portion of the Texas License to Carry class.  Range Proficiency requires the applicant shoot a 50-round course of fire.  SB263

Currently those seeking a license must test with a .32 caliber or higher handgun although there is no caliber requirement regarding the firearm carried by the licensee on a day to day basis.

This minimum caliber requirement negatively impacts those with hand injuries and the elderly who wish to obtain a license.

SB 263 by Senator Perry removes the caliber requirement for the range proficiency exam to obtain a Texas License to Carry.  The bill takes effect September 1st.

Governor signed (6/9/2017)

**Volunteer First Responder

HB435 by Represenative Ken King/Senator Perry.  Relating to handgun laws as they apply to licensees who are volunteer first responders.

Bill analysis  

Governor signed (June 15, 2017)

**TSRA Suppressor Bill plus an Amendment

On Friday, May 19th, at 8:55 p.m. the Texas House passed HB 1819, authored by Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) with Senate sponsor, Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) plus an amendment by Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls).

HB1819 sets up Texas law in preparation for the Hearing Protection Act (HR 367) to pass in Congress.  The Hearing Protection Act would remove suppressors, also known as silencers, from the provisions of the National Firearms Act (NFA) .  This means the purchaser of a suppressor would no longer be required to pay the suppressor dealer a deposit, fill out the form 4, transmit digital fingerprints, send BATFE $200, followed by waiting  as long as a year for their application to be processed, the “tax stamp” issued and the purchase finalized.  Again, we’re only talking about suppressors.  A device which simply muffles sound.

The US Congress, under our current administration, is expected to act and when the change occurs Texas law will be ready to accommodate the change.   This means law-abiding Texans wanting a suppressor for a firearm will show their LTC or submit to NICS as though they were purchasing a firearm.

But wait, there’s more!

It was brought to our attention by State Rep. Poncho Nevarez (D-Eagle Pass) and by TSRA members that the Mossberg 590 Shockwave could not be purchased in two states: Texas and Ohio.   There is a Mossberg manufacturing facility in Eagle Pass.

You see BATFE does not require this 14” barrel,  pistol grip “firearm” to be registered as an NFA device.  The Shockwave is not a shoulder-mount shotgun.

The Mossberg amendment was added in the Senate by Senator Craig Estes.  Thanks of course to Senator Charles Perry the Senate sponsor for HB 1819.

HB1819 has now been signed by Governor Abbott and takes effect September 1st.  We may have a wait to purchase a suppressor but we will purchase the Mossberg 590 Shockwave and other similar firearms after Sept. 1s.

HB1819 Bill History with Co-Author’s List

Governor Signed (5/26/2017)

**Online LTC Course Option

HB3784 by Representative Justin Holland (R-Rockwall and Senator Van Taylor (R-Plano)

Creates an optional online course for the Texas LTC.  The shooting portion must be done with a DPS certified instructor.  Governor signed (6/15/2017)

**Church Volunteer Security

The language of HB421 by Representative Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving)  Relating to the exemption from the application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a place of religious worship.

The original bill didn’t get far enough in the process to pass on its own but was successfully amended  to SB2065 by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-N. Richland Hills) Find the amendment on page 51 of the bill  Click on the link above for SB2065 and go to page 51 on the host bill to find the amended language.  Governor signed (6/15/2017)

**Primary and Secondary Teacher Parking Lot-See updated note!

**The language of HB1692 by Representative Cole Hefner (R-Mount Pleasant) Relating to the transportation and storage of a handgun or other firearm and ammunition by a license holder in a motor vehicle in a parking area of a primary or secondary school.

This legislation protects the jobs of hard-working primary and secondary teachers with a LTC.  This group was not previously covered by the employer parking lot bill from years ago.

Neither the House Bill nor the Senate, carried by Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), completed the process but in the last days of session Representative Hefner amended his language to SB1566 by Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) (Read the amendment on page 11).  Click on the link to SB1566 above and go to page 11 of the bill to find the amendment.  Effective date Sept. 1st   Governor signed  (6/15/2017)

Note: *Some Texas School Boards are ignoring the Legislative intent of the Hefner/Hughes amendment and prohibiting employees who are licensees.  The language of the amendment is being reviewed.  2/3/2018

**Legalize the Bowie Knife

HB1935 by Representative John Frullo/Senator John Whitmire eliminates daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, spears, and Bowie knives from Texas law, allowing them to be carried in Texas. Effective date Sept. 1st.  Governor signed (6/15/2017) 

**LTC Course Modification for Military

SB138 by Senator Van Taylor/Representative Morgan Meyer to exempt certain military veterans and active duty service members with military range qualifications from the state required range portion of the LTC course.  SB138 passed as an amendment to HB3784

**Unlicensed Carry of a Handgun

Two bills were filed in the Texas House, dealing with this issue, this session.

HB375 by Representative Jonathan Stickland unlicensed carry of a handgun.

HB1911 by Representative James White unlicensed carry of a handgun.

Note: For the first time in legislative history a committee hearing was held on unlicensed carrying of a handgun.  Two bills were filed HB 375 by Rep. Stickland and HB 1911 by Rep. White.  TSRA and TSRA offcers requested the hearing and both were heard in House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety on the same day.

HB 375 accumulated 18 joint authors and co-authors in addition to Rep. Stickland, the bill author.  There are  97 Republicans in the House and being a joint or co-author is considered a pledge to vote for the bill.

HB 1911 accumulated 30 joint authors and co-authors in addition to Rep. James White the bill author.

Being a joint or a co-author is an early demonstration of support for an issue.

Based on support HB 1911 was voted out of committee and died in Calendars.

No unlicensed carry bill was filed in the Texas Senate during the 2017 session.

Note:

In 2007 (see links to bill under TSRA Legslative History) TSRA passed legislation referred to as “car carry”, meaning that anyone eligible to purchase and possess a firearm could have a handgun, stored out of sight, in their vehicle, their RV, and later their water craft, without a state issued license.   This has not been a problem law enforcement or the population for a decade.  We will keep at it till it’s done.

Bad Bills–All Stopped

Who is the Source for Bad Bills?

Texas Gun Sense, wins the award for the largest number of anti-gun bills filed and worked during any Legislative Session.   What wasn’t an outright House and or Senate bill, was an attempted as an to amendment.  None passed.

At least 32 anti-gun bills were filed between the Texas House and Senate and a third received a public hearing.

Thank you, TSRA members, for coming to Austin and testifying in committee hearings. 

Bad Bills with Links

HB111 by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) Relating to an eduational program and fee reductions to improve firearm safety.   Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing!

HB191 by Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) Relating to the notice given by a property owner prohibiting a handgun license holder from carrying a handgun on certain property.  Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing!

HB234 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) Relating to wrongful exclusion of handgun license holders from property owned by or leased to a governmental entity and to certain offenses relating to the carrying of handguns on that property.  Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing!

HB246 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) Relating to the notice given by a property owner prohibiting a handgun license holder from carrying a handgun on the property.  Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing!

HB255 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) Relating to the offense involving the carrying of handguns by license holders on the premises or property of certain recreational facilities.  Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing!

HB259 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) Relating to the creation of certain offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows. Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing!

HB282 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.  Identical to HB 291 by Howard.    Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing!

Note: The above 5 bills were pre-filed together before session to highlight Rep. Anchia’s anti-gun position, if it was in question.

HB291 by Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) Relating to the locations in which a license holder may openly carry a handgun.  Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing!

HB391 by Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.  Identical to HB 282 by Anchia.  Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing!

HB392 by Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) Relating to certain offenses involving the carrying of handguns by license holders on the premises of certain hospitals, mental health facilities, and nursing facilities.  Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing!

HB465 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) Relating to the prosecution of certain offenses involving the carrying of weapons at amusement parks or locations associated with schools or educational institutions.  Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing!

HB631 by Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) Relating to a public awareness campaign on firearm safety and suicide prevention.   Public hearing on 3/20/17.  Left Pending in Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

HB866 by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) Relating to a new protective order “Lethal Violence Protective Order” with Senate Companion filed by Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Pas0) SB 434.    Public hearing on 3/20/17.  Left Pending on House bill in Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

HB899 by Rep. Poncho Nevarez (D-Eagle Pass) Relating to the notice given by a property owner prohibiting a handgun license holder from carrying a handgun on certain property.  Public hearing on 4/11/17 in Homeland Security and Public Safety.  Left Pending.

HB987 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) Relating to use of force or deadly force in defense of a person.  Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  No Hearing

**Notes of Interest

*Legislative session in Texas is limited to odd-numbered years and begins, as per our state constitution, on the 2nd Tuesday in January.

*Only sworn-in Texas House members may vote for the Speaker of the House.  Rep. Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) was elected by all 150 members to an unprecedented fifth term as Speaker.

*Session began at noon on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017.   Bills began being filed in November after the 2016 general election.   Early filing, before session begins, is often done for tactical purposes and is not considered to be a “leg up” on the legislative process.   Speaker Joe Straus was re-elected unanimously by all House members in a record vote.

*Bill filing for this session ended on March 10th and Committee hearings began in earnest.

*The bill numbers above are links to take you to the text of the bill published on the state website.  Underlined words indicate “new language” and stricken words indicate words being deleted.  Laws that impact Texas gun owners are sprinkled through many forms of existing code including, and not limited to the Penal Code, Wildlife Code, Civil Practices and Remedies, Government Code, or Local Government Code to name a few.

*The usual effective date for new law is Sept. 1st of the Legislative year, unless otherwise noted.