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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would amend the Government Code to remove certain requirements for active peace
officers who apply for a concealed handgun license, including the submission of fingerprints. The
bill would require the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules regarding the information
required of an applicant who is a member of the Texas military forces.
In general we do not support bills that create special classes of people or allow exemptions to a favored group that are not broadly allowed for everyone. In this case the provisions of the bill are benign since peace officers already have to submit to fingerprinting as a condition of employment in the first place. The practical impact of this bill then is to remove what is essentially a duplicate requirement for a person whom the state already allows to carry firearms in their official capacity anyway. Considering these factors, this bill has no substantive bearing on our liberty principles. We are neutral on HB 2064
Senator Hinojosa is the Senate sponsor of this legislation. The second chamber committee was Senate State Affairs.