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04-09-07, 11:15 AM #1
Pending Texas CHL Legislation of Interest to the 258,000 license holders in Texas
I thought I'd pass along a list of bills pending in the Texas Legislature now which may be of interest to the over 258,000 Concealed Handgun Licensees in Texas.
As many of you know, the most important of these bills has already been signed into law by Rick Perry, SB378 (nicknamed the Castle Doctrine), which finally provides solid Civil and Criminal protections to a person using justifiable self-defense. This bill enjoyed almost unprecedented support, with 28 authors and 107 co-sponsors. The final votes were 133-16 in the House and 29-0 in the Senate. It takes effect September 1, 2007.
Click on headings below to see pending bill information, including full text:
HB 991 by Rep. Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) - Relating to the confidentiality of certain records maintained by the Department of Public Safety regarding persons licensed to carry a concealed handgun:
Would protect CHLs confidential information from prying eyes of the news media and others, only allowing law enforcement agencies to obtain lists of CHL Holders' names and their personal information. In some other states, such lists have been published in newspapers.
HB 992 by Rep. Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) - Relating to certain rights and liabilities of an employer regarding an employee's access to a concealed handgun
Would allow CHLs to have their handgun in their personal locked vehicle on their employer's parking lot. This would allow CHLs protection to and from work with less risk to their livelihoods.
HB 258 by Rep. Frank Corte (R-San Antonio) - Relating to the confiscation of firearms and ammunition during a state of disaster or emergency
Post-Katrina legislation, due to concerns that a Texas disaster, natural or man-made, might trigger New Orleans style gun confiscations by certain law enforcement agencies acting outside their constitutional bounds upon people in their homes, leaving them defenseless against looters. The NRA has already won in court over this issue, but that ruling is limited in scope and occurred after the defensive needs of the Katrina victims subsided.
HB 1815 by Rep. Carl Isett (R-Lubbock) - Relating to the prosecution of certain offenses that involve carrying weapons on a person's property or in a person's vehicle
Goes beyond the Texas "travelers" law as a legislative tool to provide for non-CHLs to have a legally possessed handgun in their personal vehicle.
Last edited by TXCharlie; 04-09-07 at 11:19 AM.
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