“Eight National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed bills previously signed by Texas Governor Rick Perry will take effect September 1, 2005.
Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist, stated, “We would like to thank Governor Perry for signing these bills. The great state of Texas, once again, leads the way to protect and strengthen the rights of all law abiding citizens.”
Governor Perry, a longtime advocate for the Second Amendment, stated, “The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right of every law-abiding citizen in our country. This legislation will clarify existing firearms laws, enhance protections for law-abiding gun owners and reduce barriers for gun ownership.”
Gov. Perry signed:
•House Bill 225 (Driver) extends the renewal period for a concealed handgun license from four to five years without an increase renewal fee.
•House Bill 322 (Hupp) reduces all fees for a concealed handgun license for military members by 50% and lowers the age from 21 to 18 for members of the military to obtain a concealed handgun license.
•House Bill 685 (Rose) exempts military members and veterans from taking the range portion of the concealed handgun process if they had been weapons certified in the military within the past five years prior to application for the license.
•House Bill 1483 (Frost) expands methods by which applicants for a concealed handgun license may pay the fees to include check, cash, and credit card. Currently, only cashiers checks and money orders are accepted.
•House Bill 823 (Keel) takes important steps toward clarifying law-abiding Texans’ rights to carry concealed handguns for protection in their vehicles without a permit.
•House Bill 1038 (Isett) reduces the fee for renewal of a concealed handgun permit for senior citizens by 50 %.
•House Bill 1831 (Talton) changes the terms of eligibility for a concealed handgun license.
•House Bill 1066 (amended into HB 225) (Hegar) increases the number of states eligible for reciprocity with Texas.”
New Law on Carrying Firearm while “Traveling”
(House Bill 823, 79th Regular Legislative Session, amending Penal Code
Sections 2.05 and 46.15)
In Texas, it is generally unlawful to carry a handgun in public, including within a private
vehicle. However, Texas also recognizes several exceptions. One such exception is applicable
when the citizen is “traveling.”
“Traveling” has never been defined by the legislature. Texas courts have said that in
general, the determination of whether a citizen is traveling is to be determined on a case by case
basis, depending on the specific circumstances. Texas courts have generally considered the
distance, time, and mode of travel in determining whether the citizen is traveling and have found
“traveling” to generally encompass overnight travel, through multiple counties.
The change in the law, effective September 1, 2005, places the burden of proof on the
State rather than the citizen as to whether or not the citizen was traveling. In other words, the
State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the citizen was NOT traveling, rather than the
citizen having to prove that he or she WAS traveling. The new law also describes the
circumstances under which a citizen will be presumed by a jury to be traveling.
Some local law enforcement and prosecuting agencies have indicated that they will
continue to make arrests and file charges when they encounter citizens carrying handguns in
motor vehicles and will allow juries to determine whether citizens were traveling. DPS has no
authority to determine or to comment on how this law will be enforced by the various local law
enforcement and prosecuting agencies in the State of Texas.
sorry about the formating, copied from txdps pdf file
Think you meant HB 1831, which is now in effect. In short, it means someone who got deferred adjudication >10 years ago can apply - it makes the definition of "deferred adjudication" carry over to CHL applications as well.
HB 823 defines "travelling" (finally!) and goes on to outline how it is to be interpreted by the courts.
Everything you could ever want to know about bills, their status, their modifications, etc. can be found on the State House's site:
ETA: Both were signed into law, btw.
So we Texans can carry a pistol in the glovebox w/o a permit and that's just dandy as long as we're "travelling"? Cool.