AUSTIN – Today State Representative Tony Dale filed House Bill 2604 to ensure that law enforcement officers will obtain their Concealed Handgun License (CHL) in a more expedient manner.
Under current law, a law enforcement officer has greater restrictions placed on them to obtain a CHL than a non-licensed citizen. Presently, a licensed peace officer must submit with their application: a letter from the chief of their department giving a mental and physical description of the applicant, a list of the types of weapons the applicant has demonstrated proficiency with during the preceding year, and a recommendation from the agency head that a license be issued to the applicant. This information is required even though the applicant is a licensed peace officer who carries a handgun as a part of their normal duties.
House Bill 2604 removes the language from statute that requires a peace officer to obtain a letter from the head of their agency before applying for a CHL.
Representative Dale issued the following statement:
“Our law enforcement officers are trained to use handguns as part of their job. They put their lives on the line to protect the safety of the public everyday. It makes no sense that we would place greater restrictions to obtain a concealed handgun license on our peace officers than we do on the average citizen.”
TMPA president Mitch Slaymaker said that he looks forward to working with Representative Dale in passing this legislation. He continued, “Representing over 22,000 peace officers, TMPA would like to thanks Representative Dale for recognizing the training law enforcement officers receive and the overbearing restrictions that are currently in place for officers to obtain a concealed handgun license.”
A full text of the bill can be found here:
State Representative Tony Dale is a member of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, the House Energy Resources Committee and the Local and Consent Committee. He represents southwestern Williamson County, Cedar Park, Leander, Brushy Creek, and parts of Austin and Round Rock.
Contact: Amy Rister