Here is a message from TSRA
TSRA Members And Fellow Texans:
Your urgent help is required. Please call the office of the Governor: 800-843-5789 or 512-463-2000 or fax 512-463-1849. http://www.governor.state.tx.us/
for Governor Rick Perry's website. Make your call NOW―
Governor Perry has until June 19th to act on legislation passed during session. Our legislation could be vetoed, signed or simply ignored and allowed to become law. We'd like for all the bills to be signed! Please review the list below. Be sure to thank our Governor for signing SB 734 and HB 685 and urge him to sign the others.
Bills Signed By Governor Perry:
SB 734―Relating to municipal regulation of the discharge of firearms and certain other weapons. This should slow down the negative effects of urban sprawl. SB 734 went into effect immediately.
HB 685―Would allow active and recently retired military with small arms proficiency to opt out of the range portion of the CHL exam. Effective date is Sept. 1, 2005
Legislation on the Governor's Desk:
HB 225―Extends the renewal period of a Texas Concealed Handgun License from 4 years to 5 (birthday to birthday) and includes an amendment, the language in HB 1066. HB 1066 amends CHL reciprocity law to make future reciprocity agreements possible. Furthermore, it allows residents of other states to obtain a Texas CHL under the non-resident section and keep that license regardless of their state's CHL status.
HB 823 ―An historic move toward clarifying "traveling" for Texans, visitors to Texas, for Law Enforcement and the Courts. This bill puts the burden of proof on the state instead of the traveler by correcting "gun control laws" that were forced on Texans at the end of the Civil War.
HB 1038―Lowers the renewal fee for Seniors (over 60) by 50% ($35) bringing the law into harmony with other provisions in this section for seniors.
HB 322―Lowers the CHL age requirements for active and retired military personnel from 21 to 18 and lowers CHL fees for active military.
HB 1483―Creates more convenient payment options for CHLs, such as a personal check.
HB 1831―Defines "conviction" for the purposes of eligibility to obtain a concealed handgun license.