September 1 is Here! How Texas Gun Laws Change

September 1 changes

The TSRA outlines the new laws taking effect September 1.

Read this release from TSRA to learn about ALL of the changes in Texas gun law on September 1. See below:

LTC Fee Reduction Legislation

(SB16 by Senator Robert Nichols/Representative Phil King)


In 1995 the Texas Legislature passed the concealed handgun license. At that time the fee to the state for the CHL was put into statute at $140 for the initial license and $70 to renew. The only discounts in 1995 were for seniors over 60 at a 50% discount and to indigents for the same 50% discount.

Over the years the Legislature created discounts for various groups such as judges, district attorneys, military, law enforcement and others but nothing for the average hardworking Texan. In addition, the process of issuing the license became streamlined.

With SB 16:

Those who would have paid $140 will now pay $40, and their renewal will also be $40. The cost will be $40 for seniors for their first license instead of $70, and a senior renewal will remain $35.

$40 is the most any Texan will pay the state for the License to Carry.

While TSRA strongly supports unlicensed possession of a handgun, the Texas license has become acceptable even to those who opposed the issue for decades.

Special thanks to Senator Robert Nichols the author of SB 16, to Representative Phil King for HB300, Representative Dustin Burrows for HB339 and to Representative Kyle Kacal for HB1024; all filed to create support for SB 16.

SB 16 was Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s #1 priority for Texas gun owners.

Governor signed (5/26/2017)  Effective Date 9/1/2017

Caliber Requirement for LTC Qualification

(SB263 by Senator Perry/Representative Drew Springer)

Since 1995 there has been a minimum caliber requirement in the statute for the range proficiency portion of the Texas License to Carry class. Range Proficiency requires the applicant shoot a 50-round course of fire.

Currently, those seeking a license must test with a .32 caliber or higher handgun although there is no caliber requirement regarding the firearm carried by the licensee on a day to day basis.

This minimum caliber requirement negatively impacts those with hand injuries and the elderly who wish to obtain a license.

SB 263 by Senator Perry removes the caliber requirement for the range proficiency exam to obtain a Texas License to Carry.  The bill takes effect September 1.

Governor signed (6/9/2017)  Effective Date 9/1/2017

Volunteer First Responders

(HB435 by Representative Ken King/Senator Perry.)  Relating to handgun laws as they apply to licensees who are volunteer first responders.

Governor signed (June 15, 2017) Effective Date 9/1/2017

TSRA Suppressor Bill plus a Friendly Amendment

On Friday, May 19th, at 8:55 p.m. the Texas House passed HB 1819, authored by Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) with Senate sponsor, Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) plus an amendment by Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls).

HB1819 sets up Texas law in preparation for the Hearing Protection Act (HR 367) to pass in Congress. The Hearing Protection Act would remove suppressors, also known as silencers, from the provisions of the National Firearms Act (NFA). This means the purchaser of a suppressor would no longer be required to pay the suppressor dealer a deposit, fill out the form 4, transmit digital fingerprints, send BATFE $200, followed by waiting as long as a year for their application to be processed, the “tax stamp” issued and the purchase finalized.  Again, we’re only talking about suppressors. A device which simply muffles sound.

The US Congress, under our current administration, is expected to act and when the change occurs Texas law will be ready to accommodate the change. This means law-abiding Texans wanting a suppressor for their firearm will show their LTC or submit to NICS as though they were purchasing a firearm.  No forms and no $200 tax to BATFE when the Hearing Protection Act passes in Congress.

But wait, there’s more! Mossberg Shockwave!

It was brought to our attention by State Rep. Poncho Nevarez (D-Eagle Pass) and by TSRA members that the Mossberg 590 Shockwave could not be purchased in two states: Texas and Ohio. There is a Mossberg manufacturing facility in Eagle Pass.
You see BATFE does not require this 14″ barrel,  pistol grip “firearm” to be registered as an NFA device. The Shockwave is not a shoulder-mount shotgun.

The Mossberg amendment was added in the Senate by Senator Craig Estes. Thanks of course to Senator Charles Perry the Senate sponsor for HB 1819.

HB1819 has now been signed by Governor Abbott and takes effect September 1. We may have a wait to purchase a suppressor, but we will purchase the Mossberg 590 Shockwave and other similar firearms after September 1.

Governor Signed (5/26/2017)  Effective Date 9/1/2017 for Texas law but we wait on Congress!

Online LTC Course Option

(HB3784 by Representative Justin Holland (R-Rockwall and Senator Van Taylor (R-Plano))

Creates an optional online course for the Texas LTC. The shooting portion must be done with a DPS certified instructor.

Governor signed (6/15/2017)  Effective Date 9/1/2017

Church Volunteer Security

Relating to the exemption from the application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a place of religious worship.

The original bill didn’t pass but was successfully amended to SB2065 by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-N. Richland Hills)

Governor signed (6/15/2017)  Effective Date 9/1/2017

Primary and Secondary Teachers and School Parking Lot

The language of HB1692 by Representative Cole Hefner (R-Mount Pleasant) Relating to the transportation and storage of a handgun or other firearm and ammunition by a license holder in a motor vehicle in a parking area of a primary or secondary school.

This legislation protects the jobs of hard-working primary and secondary teachers with an LTC. This group was not previously covered by the employer parking lot bill from years ago.

Neither the House Bill nor the Senate bill passed, but the language was amended.

Representative Hefner successfully amended his language to SB1566 by Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham).

Governor signed  (6/15/2017)  Effective Date 9/1/2017

Legalize the Bowie Knife

HB1935 by Representative John Frullo/Senator John Whitmire eliminates daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, spears, and Bowie knives from Texas law, allowing them to be carried in Texas. Governor signed (6/15/2017)  Effective Date 9/1/2017

LTC Range Qualifications and Veterans

SB138 by Senator Van Taylor/Representative Morgan Meyer to exempt certain military veterans and active duty service members with military range qualifications from the state required range portion of the LTC course. SB138 passed as an amendment to HB3784 Effective Date 9/1/2017

Big News on Big Knives Coming September 1

13 Comments On This Article

  1. Why the shell are you thanking Rep. Phil King? He is the ass clown who refused to allow Constitutional Carry come up for a vote. He is forcing the views of his Liberal, Austin constituents on the entire State of Texas.

  2. It’s nice to see Texas getting their act together. IMHO Texas should be a shining example of the citizen’s right to bear arms given their consistent touting of their individuality and support of personal rights, but in the past and to an extent now they don’t live up to that. It’s nice to see them finally lowering the cost of a concealed permit from $140 to $40. Further, while it’s nice that they actually legalized open carry, they only did it for people who already have a concealed carry permit so that they wouldn’t be arrested if their CC gun accidentally showed when they were taking their jacket off at the restaurant or something. At the same time here in Virginia, the court fee for a permit cannot exceed $10, and the cost of a local LE background check is limited to $35 and the state police cannot charge more than $5 for “administrative costs.” In all, the total fee cannot exceed $50. As for open carry, anyone in the state of Virginia who can legally own a gun can carry it openly, and it’s very common to see people carrying in a wide range of locations and circumstances. No, I don’t open carry because I have a concealed permit, but if I didn’t have the fee to get a concealed permit it’s nice to know I could at least carry openly. I give Texas sincere compliments for the progress they are making, but continue to express disappointment that they are so far behind so many other states in gun rights when I would think Texas would be the shining example to the rest of the country. Sadly, not so.

    • I understand your point(s) perfectly and I agree with you regarding Texas having Constitutional open carry. We should and it’s ridiculous that we don’t. Also as ridiculous is we can never really get a straight answer as to why this is not more supported by the pro-gun elected officials. One thing Texas has always been good with was that Constitutional open carry of long arms has always been legal. We’ve never needed any sort of permit for long arms. Hopefully soon the laws will change for the better.

  3. Did you ever stop to think this restriction was on purpose?
    With the manner the law accommodates currently, only “prechecked” qualified persons can open carry.
    I live in Louisiana now and have seen open carry at its finest. I would rather have the confidence that the person carrying a weapon is at least “minimally” qualified.

  4. Be lucky you live in Texas. I grew up there. I now live in Illinois one of THE STATE’S WITH MOST RESTRICTIONS FOR A GUN OWNER OR SHOOTER. I am a police officer near Chicago. I can’t stand the righteousNess of the liberal gun hating liberals who all walk around Chicago with their dignitary fully armed security personnel by their sides. I am a Certified Federal Firearms Instructor and Police Range Master. I DON’T BELIEVE IN RESTRICTIVE GUN LAWS CRIMINALS SHOULD BE PROSECUTED NOT THE LAW ABIDING GUN OWNER OR INDIVIDUAL JUST TRYING TO PROTECT HIS / HER SELF. I can’t wait for the day when it becomes federal law that Sound Suppression Devices become legal nationwide. And as A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER I BELIEVE I CAN SAY THAT MOST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE THE SAME BELIEF

  5. I am a lifetime member is TSRA, but as usual they and some supposed pro gun people in the legislature sold us out again we as Texans should have the right of constitutional carry, but some past high placed individuals in the Texas State Rifle Assoc have said that as far as they were concerned there would never be constitutional carry in Texas, could it be that there are financial concerns involved? Also we have some pro gun politicians that are are flat out liars or are part of the financial concern like their own pockets.

  6. Is there any plan in the Texas political game to allow for and permit to non-resident CCW permits? Or will we always have to illegally carry for self defense of ourselves and others? Great news for resident Texas though. It does seem that the powers that be are getting it on some levels, at least.

    • People holding California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington LTCs may carry in Texas.