HB 3370

83(R) - 2013
2nd Amendment

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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Tom Craddick

Bill Caption

Relating to the authority of certain retired peace officers to carry certain firearms.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal impact is anticipated on the State or local governments.

Bill Analysis

Summary: Current law allows honorably retired police officers (those who retire after 15 years of service) who demonstrate weapons proficiency to carry a firearm where it is otherwise prohibited. HB 3370 would extend this allowance to other qualified retired police officers.

Analysis: This bill sets up a conflict between our liberty principles. On the one hand, this perpetuates a system in which some citizens (in this case retired police officers) are afforded greater protection of their constitutional rights than other citizens. This leads to unequal treatment under the law. On the other hand, this does allow a greater number of citizens to carry firearms where otherwise prohibited. So it is good for the individual liberty of the citizens who would benefit from the law. Due to this conflict, we remain neutral on this bill.