POSTED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 6:09pm
Tyler, TX — Concealed Handgun License applicants won't have to wait too long to carry a firearm. Senate Bill 864 passed on Thursday reducing the number of hours to get your CHL.
Governor Rick Perry has 30 days to sign Senate Bill 864. KETK spoke with Texas State Senator, Donna Campbell of District 25 who filed the bill.
A bill reducing the required training hours for a concealed handgun license from 10 to 15 hours down to 4 to 6 hours.
"Trying to set aside 10 to 15 hours was almost time prohibited, and I believe that was cutting access for people who really wanted to get their CHL," says Senator Campbell
An expert in the firearm industry, Steven Prater of 'Lock and Load' says he's in favor of the bill.
"4 to 6 hours in the classroom is more than enough to cover the legal aspects of where you can and cannot carry a gun," says Prater.
Prater says, the issue isn't the knowledge of the law but their ability to handle a gun. He says, more hours should be spent at the range, and that's what Senator Campbell clarifies about this bill.
"The bill still requires range proficiency and a test... that has not changed," says Senator Campbell.
Which means the time spent in the range stays the same.
Senator Campbell's spokesperson Jon Oliver says, "The part of the course we are reducing is just the classroom time, it's the theory portion of the test."
Senator Campbell says, with the compressed course you can still get the same firearm training.
Now Governor Perry will decide.
"He's pretty strong on guns and 2nd Amendment Rights, so I don't expect any opposition from our Governor," says Senator Campbell.