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Legislative Report for the 83rd Legislative Session
New Texas Gun Laws Take Effect September!
DPS Expects to be Ready!
CHL-Students, Faulty and Staff on College and University Campuses
**HB 972 by Rep. Allen Fletcher/SB182 by Sen. Brian Birdwell. HB 972 passed in the Texas House but failed to make it to the Senate floor due to a block by the Senate Democratic Caucus. Failed to Pass in the Senate
**SB 1907 by Sen. Glenn Hegar and Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt to protect students with a concealed handgun license who store firearms in their vehicles when parked on college or university parking lots. This impacts college and university "rule-making authority" and protects students from being expelled. Passed
Open Carry Issues
**HB 700 by Rep. George Lavender would allow the licensed open carry of a handgun. Was stopped in committee by the Committee Chairman who would not allow a vote. No Senate bill was filed. Failed to be voted on in House Committee
**HB 1304 by Rep. Kenneth Sheets/SB 299 by Sen. Craig Estes provides language to clarifify in statute the unintentional display of a firearm by a concealed handgun licensee. SB 299 Passed
CHL Licensing Changes
**HB 47 by Rep. Dan Flynn/SB 864 by Sen. Donna Campbell reduces CHL classroom hours from 10 to "not less than 4 or more than 6" without changing the test, the required material, or time spent on the shooting range. SB 864 passed
**HB 48 by Rep. Dan Flynn/Sen. Dan Patrick creates in statute a process for renewing the CHL online without taking a renewal course. Passed
**HB 508 by Rep. Ryan Guillen/Sen. Dan Patrick would prohibit cities, counties, and other governmental entities from the improper and unenforceable posting of the PC 30.06 sign and imposes a fine. Passed in House but failed due to a Senate amendment
**HB 698 by Rep. Drew Springe/Sen. Craig Estes requires close access for CHLs to digital fingerprinting service in counties with a population of 46,000 or less. Rural Texans were forced to drive hundreds of miles for digital fingerprinting. Passed
**HB 3142 by Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr./Sen. Craig Estes repeals the firearm category designation (NA or SA) for a licensee. Passed
Additional Pro-Gun Legislation
**SB 343 by Sen. Craig Estes/HB 1421 by Rep. Charles Perry allows law enforcement agencies the option in law to sell confiscated firearms to a federal firearm dealer (FFL). After the cost of the sale and other related charges, funds will stay with the law enforcement agency. These are firearms that cannot be returned to a "rightful owner" and would be otherwise destroyed. HB 1421 Passed
**HB 333 by Rep. Ryan Guillen/Sen. Chuy Hinojosa requires hotels and motels to provide advance notice if firearms are prohibited from the property. Passed on the local and uncontested calendar
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