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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Texas House Passes Carry Permit Fee Decrease

The Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would reduce carry permit fees for those in the Lone Star State. The measure passed 111-30.

NRA-backed Senate Bill 16, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Phil King and Republican state Sens. Robert Nichols and Joan Huffman, would bring the fee for a Texas carry license down from one of the highest in the nation to one of the lowest. If approved by the Senate and governor, the license fee would drop from $140 to $40, making permits more accessible to law-abiding Texans with lower incomes.

As NRA-ILA has noted, the measure was amended in the House to allow peace officers to obtain carry licenses at no cost, so the bill must be sent back to the Senate for agreement with this amendment.