I want to try a new adventure – BLOGGING! I will make an effort at posting new information on a monthly bases, at a minimum. Most of my topics will probably fall in line with subjects I plan on covering in my monthly The Well Armed Woman (“TWAW”) Houston Chapter meetings. That being said, my first TWAW meeting will be in February 2016.
Meanwhile, BIG THINGS are happening in Texas come January 1st 2016. This leads me to my first blog topic – Changes In the Law.
Open Carry (HB 910) has passed and will become effective January 1, 2016. Please do not confuse “Open Carry” with “Constitutional Carry.” They are NOT the same. In order to carry concealed OR openly, one must still go through the process of applying for a license and taking a class from a licensed instructor (me).
The steps to follow should be:
1. Go online to the Texas DPS site: http://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/chl/index.htm
2. Follow the links to start your application.
3. Follow the links to schedule your fingerprinting (FBI background check fees are included in this step).
4. Take a class to obtain your CHL-100 form. This can only be provided to you upon completion of a class. The fees you pay for the class are separate from the fees you pay online for your application and fingerprints.
Once you begin the online process, you will have one year to complete the remaining steps.
Please note that if you currently hold an active CHL, there is nothing additional you need to do to obtain your LTC (License to Carry). Your CHL automatically becomes your LTC.
MYTH: If you qualify with a revolver, then you are only allowed to conceal carry a revolver.
FACT: Regardless of what you qualify with (revolver or semi-automatic pistol), you can carry either one. There is no longer a designation for which one you need to carry.
Current Penal Code 30.06 language:
Effective January 1, 2016, Penal Code 30.07 language:
If a business wants to prohibit both conceal and open carry, BOTH signs must be placed conspicuously at each entrance.
If there are topics you wish for me to discuss, please drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.
Any ladies are welcome (and encouraged) to join a local chapter of The Well Armed Woman:
Shoot like a girl,