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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Texas Measure Needs Gun Owner Support

An NRA-backed measure to eliminate the fees for original and renewal concealed-carry licenses in Texas is being prioritized by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. NRA-ILA is asking Texas gun owners to encourage their representatives to sign on as co-authors.

Sen. Bill 16 addresses the fact that the Texas License to Carry (LTC) is one of the highest-priced in the nation, which could prohibit some Texans from being able to get a license. The permit fee is $140, which was set in statute in 1995 and has not been seriously revisited for more than two decades, despite advances in technology and the passage of several bills streamlining the Lone Star State’s carry law. 

As NRA-ILA points out, LTC holders are among the most law-abiding citizens in the Lone Star State. They are 21 times less likely than the general population to be charged with a crime, according to DPS statistics from 2002-2015.

Use Your Power!

Texas gun owners are encouraged to contact their state senator and urge him or her to sign on as a co-author to Senate Bill 16 if they have not done so already. To do so, click here.