I'm all for removing automatic prohibitions against concealed carry (schools, racetracks, bars, courts, etc). And I'm also in favor of lightening the load on the renewal requirements. But I think that the process for obtaining the initial license is fine just the way it is. As a matter of fact, if you keep the initial issuance process as-is; it provides ammuntion in the argument to remove prohibited places. It would essentially be the same reasoning that's printed on the TSRA 30.06 response cards: As a CHL holder I've passed a DPS & FBI background check, have no felonies, am not delinquent on taxes or child support, do not have a domestic violence history, etc. But once I've already gone through all of that & have not done anything to jeopardize a renewal, getting that renewal should be a little easier I think.
Next on my list would be a stronger parking lot law. The one that we have currently is pretty good. But my employer still maintains that having a firearm anywhere on the property is grounds for being fired. Since there's no express penalty contained in the law, there's the perception that since Texas is right to work, they can do whatevery they want to. Having a stated significant penalty would go a long way in solving that issue.
Eventually, I'd like to see open carry adopted - not because I would personally, but because I don't think that the outsider sees any difference between concealed & open. To them, a firearm is a firearm, and it doesn't matter if it's concealed or not. But that's a longer-range goal. If we'd get the automatic prohibitions removed, strengthen the parking lot law & possibly lower the renewal requirements this term; I think that'd be a big win for our side.
Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice.
NRA TSRA TFC CHL: 9/22/12, PSC Member: 10/2012