Changes to Texas law on firearms
Just rec'd an email on this, haven't verified online yet. As I recollect, Texas had a rather strange legal regime until recently. Possession and ownership were OK, but it was illegal to "habitually carry" a handgun. Exactly what was "habitual" was up to the courts, but it presumably did not mean carrying for a specific shooting trip, and did mean carrying all the time for self-defense. Anyway:
Categories: Concealed carry. Status: Filed 01/06/05. Signed 6/17/05,
effective September 1, 2005.
Relating to concealed handgun licenses for members and veterans of
the United States armed forces.
Extends eligibility for a CHL to members or veterans of the United
States armed forces age 18 or older, including a member or veteran of
the reserves or national guard. Provides an extension of the license
for one year to members or veterans serving outside the US. Cuts
license fees in half for service members or veterans.
HB 823, Categories: Concealed carry. Status: Filed 02/03/05. Signed
6/16/05, effective September 1, 2005.
Relating to an exception to the application of the offense of
unlawful carrying of weapons.
Legalizes carrying a handgun for self-defense without a CHL while
travelling in a privately owned motor vehicle. This is an expansion
of rights, but it may result in a drop in the number of concealed
handgun licensees as those who want to carry only in their car drop
out. As amended, the law requires the handgun be concealed.