Rick Perry has signed some new bills into law (June 2013)
Guns in cars: Allows people, including students, with concealed handgun licenses to store their firearms in their cars on a university campus or in parking lots. Neither public nor private universities can create a law prohibiting it. Was expanded in conference committee to go beyond just students. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.
Renewal fee: Reduces the CHL renewal fee for certain honorably discharged veterans, current members of the state military forces, and certain peace and correctional officers to $25. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.
Online renewals: Renewal applications can be submitted on the Internet. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.
Fingerprints: The Department of Public Safety must come up with a way for people who live in a county with a population of 46,000 or less and are not within a 25-mile radius of a facility that can process digital or electronic fingerprints to submit theirs. Fingerprints are required to apply for a CHL. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.
Seized and sold: A seized weapon not returned or claimed by the owner can be sold at a public sale. Only a licensed federal firearms dealer can purchase the weapon, and proceeds go to the law enforcement agency that seized it. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.
Social security: Applicants for a concealed handgun license don’t need to give their Social Security number to the Department of Public Safety, and the department does not need to request it. Effective Jan. 1, 2014.
Interchangeable guns: Allows people to carry a weapon that may be of a different category than they demonstrated handgun proficiency with prior to being issued a CHL. f you qualified with a revolver, you were limited to carrying a revolver. Earlier law stated that if someone qualified with a semiautomatic weapon, they could carry either a revolver or a semiautomatic. If only qualified with a revolver, then that’s the only gun that can be carried. This lifts that restriction. used in qualification. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.
Classroom time: Reduces the classroom time required to receive a CHL from 10 hours to 4-6 hours. Allows CHL holders seeking to renew their license to take the classroom instruction part and the written exam online. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.
School Safety Task Force: Creates a School Safety Task Force that will look into how to improve emergency operations planning and will develop will develop a school safety certification program. The task force will be comprised of the chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management or a designee; the training director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University-San Marcos or a designee; the chairperson of the School Safety Center or a designee; and the agency director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service or a designee. Effective immediately.
School Safety certification: Allows qualified handgun instructors to get a certification in school safety training such as the protection of students, interaction of license holders with first responders, tactics for denying an intruder entry to a classroom or school, how to increase accuracy with a handgun under duress. The certification course will require between 15-20 hours of instruction. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.
School marshals: The “Protection of Texas Children Act” creates a school marshal position in public k-12 schools and charters. Marshal’s will be allowed to carry a gun and their identity would only be known to the school’s head administrator and law enforcement. If working in a classroom or around children, the school marshal’s weapon will be locked away but within reach. Effective immediately.
Perry vetoed Houston Republican Sen. Dan Patrick’s bill that would provide crisis training for K-12 school employees authorized to carry concealed handguns on campus. The bill was a response to the Sandy Hook shootings and would offer limited state funding for a training program for public schools — including charters — that don’t have their own police or security, but Perry said it carried too high of a fiscal note ($10 million) and failed to tackle some issues like gun storage that are addressed in the school marshal bill by Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas.