ea40ss wrote:On second thought, Maybe I do like easier renewals. Just not less shooting to do it.
Not specifically addressed to Eric, just some general thougths on this
I moved here from NC about 3 1/2 years ago. I went through a CHL
renewal in NC and at that time I thought it took too much effort. Until I
got here, that is.
In NC all CHL apps are handled through the county sheriff's office. To
acquire a CHL one has to take a full day course and shoot a course of fire
similar to TX. Most gun ranges over the courses and charge anywhere
from $75-$100. The sheriff then adds another $70 to the cost for the
But for renewals you just show up at the sheriff's office, fill out a single
page form, pay $70, submit finger prints, and your renewed CHL arrives
in a month or two. No further testing of any kind is required.
The CHL in NC is tied directly to your drivers license and carries the same
number. Therefore, no picture is needed on the CHL, and you must
always have both with you when carrying. No big deal.
And NC now has reciprocity with TX so TX must consider this to be an OK
way to handle renewals, at least for NC residents. Why not do the same
for TX residents? Why are we getting all hung up on retesting and doing
the whole process over at renewal time? How many of the other states
that TX has signed reciprocity agreements with have a retesting
requirement for renewals?
Other than making us feel better about our fellow Texans who have
CHL's what is the real benefit to this retest? Some other states do not
see that need. Some don't test at all, SD for example. Of course that
blows reciprocity for them, with TX at least.
If I could reinvent the TX process I would make it just like Alaska. They
came to the conclusion a couple of years ago that everyone who wanted
to was carrying anyway so why make them criminals over it. And if
they want to carry in other states they can get an Alaska CHL, they just
don't need it in Alaska. Why not do that here? Don't we trust our fellow
I would prefer not to tweek the current system, just eliminate most of it.
Like I said, just some general thoughts on the issue.