Changes to Texas gun laws coming January 1
POSTED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 7:09pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 7:01pm
Longview, Tx (KETK) — A number of bills concerning concealed handgun licenses have been in effect since September, and the new year willl ring in two more.
The first is HB 1349 which states that a social security number will no longer be requested when applying for a concealed hand gun license.
Giving a social security number on the state application has always been optional but with new technology for background checks, the social security number is now unnecessary.
One gun shop owner KETK spoke with said he believes that's unsafe and the social security numbers are an added safety measure.
Dawn cunningham owns a gun shop as well and she says the background checking tecnhology has advanced so much that the social security number is irrelevant, " they do a complete background investigation so they're not likely to misidentify anybody because they do a thorough background check."
The second law, HB 2407 deals with wards, in the state of Texas a ward is defined as someone who doesn't have the mental capacity to care for themselves and requires a guardian. Their right to purchase a firearm is taken away, but with HB 2407, if the court finds that a ward's capacity is restored and they are able to care for themselves their right to purchase a firearm will be restored, after careful consideration by a judge.
Gunshop owner Dawn Cunningham says the new bill makes her a little uneasy but, gunshop owners have the ultimate decision in who they sell a gun to.