Bill to Lower Texas LTC Fees $100 Takes Another Step

A bill reducing fees for License to Carry permits has been passed by the full Texas Senate.

Senate Bill 16 is authored by state Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), and it would cut $100 off the initial cost for obtaining a handgun license to $40. Currently, initial permits cost $140.

Texas LTC

A new bill seeks to lower the price for a first-time LTC from $140 to $40.

Texas Law Shield Independent Program Attorney Gordon Cooper said, “State Senator Robert Nichols originally wanted to scrap the entire $140 fee for first-time licenses to carry concealed and holstered handguns, as well as the $70 charge to renew licenses after five years.”

Instead, Nichols (R-Jacksonville) introduced a modified version reducing the first-time and renewal fee to $40 each.

“The Senate State Affairs Committee then unanimously moved Nichols’ amended proposal to the full Senate chamber, where it passed easily by a vote of 26-5. It would reduce the initial handgun license fee from $140 to $10, and the renewal fee for a license from $70 to $40,” Cooper said.

“I can’t imagine any license holder or aspiring license holder who would not want this to pass,’ Cooper said, “because our state’s LTC fees are among the nation’s highest. There should not be a financial barrier to being able to protect yourself.”

“This would take Texas from one of the highest fees in the nation to one of the lowest fees in the nation,” Nichols said. He added that only two states currently have a higher fee: Illinois and Arkansas.

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9 Comments On This Article

  1. As a veteran and senior citizen my renewal fee this last renewal date was only $35.
    Are they jacking that up to $40 ?….I want constitutional carry for Texas under the rights backed by the 2nd amendment…

    • I Second the No Permission slip needed ,will set free more and more sates to do so.as well as The ATF to get rid of the TAX stamp Scam on Suppressors and defining a SBR AR !which puts the design into a NFA situation. The 1968 Gun control act is really Null and void after the WA/ DC.Vs Heller case. Why does Calif keep coming up with Anti Second amendment Gun and Ammo Laws why Good Calif are moving away from the Indebted State,that owes America big Tax $.

      • The thing that no one seems to want to talk about is that the dem fight against guns is really against the NRA because it is the big money behind their adversary – the republican party. Consider that our dem politicians take an oath to uphold the constitution and then turn around breaking that oath with trashing the 2nd amendment from every angle. “Shall not be infringed” has only one meaning and was chosen, so it could not be infringed, but our corrupt politicians infringe it with 100’s of bogus laws. Even the republicans with a massive comment on the Heller ruling is nonsense. All anyone with a brain has to do is decide if a ruling infringes the right to bear arms – simple!
        The constitution does not read – you can bear arms except here here and here! The are no limits, so limits infringe. Amend the constitution if you don’t like it, but stop infringing our rights!

    • Jaybo 1 if you had told them you were a vet in the first place your renewal would have only been $25. It is the only time being a veteran has paid off for me.

  2. In Arizona there is no fee to carry Concealed thus no renewal fee, but with out one you cannot go across state lines with out their’s, but though out the state we can carry concealed without a permit. If you go on the USCCA’s web site you can see which state’s well accepts your state permit

    • The constitution does not state that states have the right to infringe your right to bear arms, therefore all state laws that infringe with permits and other laws are unconstitutional. The NRA does not push that point because who would need them if there was no fight. The government is corrupt in every way!

      • “The constitution does not state that states have the right to infringe your right to bear arms…”

        However, the Texas Constitution does:

        “Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power by law to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.”
        – Constitution of Texas, 1876 (current one)

        Of course, it’s a remnant of the 1869 ‘Carpetbagger’ Constitution & the beginning of government gun control in Texas:
        “Every person shall have the right to keep and bear arms, in the lawful defence of himself or the State, under such regulations as the Legislature may prescribe.”

        Compare to the first Constitution of the State Texas – 1845:
        “Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defence of himself of the State.”

  3. When will this reduction in price will take effect? I got online with the DPS to submit my application and the fees are still unchanged. Thanks

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