Bill

HB 2137

86(R) - 2019
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
House Homeland Security & Public Safety

Contact the Author

DeWayne Burns

Phone:

512-463-0538

Capitol Office:

E1.322

Email:

Vote Recommendation

No
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral

Author(s)

DeWayne Burns
Abel Herrero

Bill Caption

Relating to an application made by certain retired state and federal officers to obtain a license to carry a handgun; waiving a fee.

Fiscal Notes

The fiscal implications of the bill cannot be determined at this time.

Bill Analysis

HB 2137 would exempt honorably retired peace officers from fees when obtaining a new or renewing a license to carry a handgun. It would also exempt them from the range instruction portion and the classroom instruction portion of the proficiency course.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action recommends opposing HB 2137 because it violates limited government principles. While it is sensible to exempt honorably retired peace officers from the listed components of the proficiency course, we generally oppose fee exemptions because they confer a benefit on a special class, to the exclusion of others. We recommend eliminating licensing fees for handguns altogether.

Organizations Supporting

Game Warden Peace Officers Association
Texas Municipal Police Association

Contact the Author

DeWayne Burns

Phone:

512-463-0538

Capitol Office:

E1.322

Email: