POSTED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 6:10pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 10:58am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — A new bill being discussed in our state's senate would no longer recognize concealed handgun licenses from other states.
This legislation is proposed by Democratic state senator Juan Hinojosa of McAllen Texas, District 20.
A very popular way to get your concealed handgun license is to get it online, through a Virginia based website called The Concealed Carry Institute. These online CHL courses require no hands on training.
Steven Dowerty , Online Instructor from The Concealed Carry Institute says, - “there is no prevision from them to actually handle a gun,” within the online course.
Or, for example if you move to Texas from Florida, the CHL laws and requirements are different. The
required training to get your CHL in Florida is 5 hours, in Texas, it’s 10.
Senator Hinojosa wants to put an end to all this with Senate Bill 481. It says, Texas would no longer recognize hand gun licenses from other states.
So, if you're a resident of Texas, you would have nto get your CHL in Texas.
Local gun shops who offer CHL courses are advocates of the new bill.
Robert Quates from Lock n' Load in Tyler, "I do support this bill, I don't think people that don't take proficiency tests or get licenses out of another state that don't require it should be allowed to carry in this state."
However there is some opposition. With the recent gun debate, some gun rights supporters say this would limit gun rights even more.
State officials say they have no idea how many people this bill could affect in Texas. But after the Senate Criminal Justice Committee met yesterday and discussed this bill.
They estimated it could be thousands. This bill is pending by the senate criminal justice committee.