Advantages of a Texas license
- Texas does not release license status to the public
- Federal Gun Free School Zones Law
- Training on Texas Laws
- Exemption to NICS background checks
- Some states do not recognize non-resident licenses for reciprocity
- You increase the numbers, and improve the statistics, that DPS releases regarding license holders
- Texas Renewals are sometimes cheaper than other states
- Texas Renewals do not require a class, some other states do
Reasons you should consider an out of state license in addition to a Texas license
- Reciprocity with states that do not recognize a Texas license
- Coverage to continue Carrying if Texas license is lost or stolen
Recommended out of state non-resident licenses
Should Texas Residents get a Texas License?
The basic answer is yes, if at all possible. The advantages are numerous, it helps build up the statistics, and there is the added benefit that Texas Law Enforcement Officers do not have to determine if it is covered under reciprocity. Additionally it helps protect reciprocity from efforts to limit or eliminate non-resident license coverage.
GUN RIGHTS IN TEXAS NEWS:
In Defense of Self and Others
Story: Officers in El Paso Texas discharged their weapons resulting in the death of a man who had made threats against them prior to making an overt gesture. The gesture resulted in making the two officers fear for their safety and discharge their weapons. As with all officer involved shootings in Texas this one will be investigated by the Texas Rangers.
Story: A University of North Texas Student who was fatally shot by police for approaching them with an ax had a BAC of .21% and had marijuana in his system. An attorney for the student’s family said “no Tasers, no chemicals and no tolerance were used in this student’s killing,” showing his lack of understanding for self defense.
Story: An employee at a south Dallas Metro PCS store shot and killed a would be armed robber who had ordered everyone to the floor. The employee who stopped the criminal heard the commotion from the back, retrieved a firearm, and stopped the criminal. The suspect was transported to the hospital where he died from his wounds. No victims or employees were reported as injured in the article.
Story: An Armed suspect was taken to the hospital after being shot by a Houston Officer. The suspect had been observed shoving a beaten woman in the street prior to running at the officer. The female victim was also hospitalized.
Story: Police are searching for three men who tried to rob a gun store in Garland Texas. The men did successfully rob another man who was delivering water to another nearby business.
Story: The Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will permit McLennan County to continue their ban on firearms in their courthouse with their plan to move a number of offices out of the courthouse and into another building. While not an ideal solution this agreement does meet the letter of the law.
Story: Texas Counties are planning to push back against a new law that provides penalties for illegal gun bans by political agencies and political subdivisions of the State. The refusal of these counties to obey the law shows the need to remove off limits locations for license holders and improve the fines for signs law.
Story: We have an article where we hear about the evils and dangers of fake firearms. Essentially this is more of an education issue, this country has had fake firearms that looked real in it as long as it has had real ones, so why is it suddenly a problem?
Story: The Texas Medical Association wants to make it illegal to carry firearms in a hospital, which it already is because of Texas Penal Code Section 46.035(b)(4) provided the license holder was given notice per Texas Penal Code 30.06 and 30.07.
Crime on Campus
Story: The recent murder of a student on the University of Texas Campus has spiked interest in self defense classes for students across the nation. In September Campus carry goes into effect for many colleges across the state which will allow some students to better protect themselves if attacked.
Story: Austin Texas officers who admitted a dog did not pose a threat before they shot it now face a lawsuit after a federal judge has ruled to allow proceedings to continue. The judge did however dismiss claims that Austin PD was negligent for failing to develop proper policies regarding the use of force against dogs.
Story: In Lubbock two teens were examining a pistol when the younger of the two discharged the firearm wounding the older of the two in the neck.