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Concealed Handgun - Texas - Vet Discount
Effective September 1, 2007, honorably discharged veterans will have to pay only 1/2 of the fees charged by Texas for a concealed Handgun License:

Under 60 years of age -
Initial Fee = $70 (1/2 of $140)
Renewal = $35 (1/2 of $70)

Over 60 years of age -
Initial Fee = $35 (1/2 of $70)
Renewal = $17.50 (1/2 of $35)

This means that veterans over 60 will pay less for renewal of their concealed handgun license than for their driver's license. Texans know what is most important.

September 1st is also when the castle doctrine goes into effect!
 

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Bhudda454 said:
September 1st is also when the castle doctrine goes into effect!
You dont already have that? We love that law down here! When you confront a burglar you can just sit there and dare them to cross the thresh hold of the door! LOL .....Last October we just got a law that says we can shoot everyone we want no matter the case!!! (JK It really means we no longer have to "retreat" if we feel our life is in danger. We can shoot first and ask questions later!):lol: At least that is what some put on the billboards as you come into the state. Its says something to the affect of: Tourist beware, FL is a no retreat gun state. They can shoot you now. .............Just antigunners trying to make an affect on the economy down here because they are throwing another temper tantrum. :lol: I kind of like the new billboards. To me it says, dont start no crap. Floridians will shoot yo arse!!!
 

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We are finally getting it. We will also be able to carry concealed in our vehicles while driving on that date without fear of certain DA's overstepping thier authority. cough cough,... Harris county Jackhole......
 

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We are finally getting it. We will also be able to carry concealed in our vehicles while driving on that date without fear of certain DA's overstepping thier authority. cough cough,... Harris county Jackhole......
OMG you cant do that there?? I thought Texas was a gun state! Jeez I guess we really have it good here.
 

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You can currently conceal carry while traveling, however the gist is so open to various interputations, that certain azz bag DA's have decided to make it yet another way to grab your guns and pop you with a record for continuing funding. This step will take away the "Grey Area" so you can obey the law without fear of overzealous prosecutors more worried about re-elections that Rights.
 

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Yeah, Haveing a CCW here really takes the guessing out of it. You can carry everywhere but gov. buildings and airports. Or if a business has a sign on it. I even carry in a bank, unless there is a sign on the door. Which is a stupid thing for a bank to put there anyways. Do they think that will stop a robber? I would want my good customers to have guns. Heck they might stop a robbery in progress. If I had a good clean shot to the back of a robber I would take it with a good hollow point so it doesnt go through him and into someone else.
 

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Getting the CHL, our version, has been on my mind for a while. It would solve the whole traveling issue. However a lawyer friend of mine had a valid point against it. Should you have to discharge, for whatever reason, you are held to a much higher standard due to the training. I have enough training as is to know when and when not to discharge from a previous life. I don't need Quanell X and his minions using me as the next Cover story of how to escalate racial tensions. With the Katricians doing thier all to help raise our crime and voilent crime rate however. This is becoming something I am more willing to deal with.
 

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I dont see why you would be held to a higher standard. A concealed carry permit only gives you the right to carry, not discharge or kill. It doesnt matter the training. Laws give you certain right to discharge and kill. I could however see that you would make for a good coverstory for an agenda driven media.
 

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His, my lawyer friend, theory was one he developed while working as an Asst DA. He must have been basing it off of some of the cases being made in the Harris County courts. I would hope anyway. He was also a Formerly Active Marine.... The gist he gave me was due to the requirements for both technical and academic knowledge attained in your quest to get a CHL, you would somehow be "smarter" in your decision on whether or not to use violent or deadly force to resolve a situation. This was his Opinion, but I had to take it at the time with a grain of salt.

Now that they are closing the door on a few of the loopholes, I am much more inclined to become a CHL.
 

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Up here in Alaska, you don't even need a concealed carry permit! Our last governor made it legal to carry a handgun as long as you are a US citizen over 21 and have no criminal record...certain cities can still require a permit, but Anchorage doesn't.

If you get pulled over by a cop, you are obliged to inform him that you are armed and can place the weapon on the dash in view of the officer...:gunz:

One more reason I love the Last Frontier!
 

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I like the way Texas treats it veterans, and I wish other states would take a lesson from it.
It is nice to be in Texas!
 

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delta, our conceal carry laws are similar to FL! It costs about a hundred bucks to get it. Not sure about renewals.
 

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Helinut we now have about the same law as you do. Before you could use deadly force if someone was in your house at any hour and you could use it to protect your property (car, outside of house, etc) after dark. Once catch was if say your car alarm went off, and you go out to investigate and find someone trying to steal it and went back in to get your gun and went back out and shot them you were breaking the law because you retreated to safety. They changed the law a few months ago (not sure when it goes on the books) that gives you the right to shoot anyone at any time to protect your property. This includes vehicles and businesses.
 

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Helinut we now have about the same law as you do. Before you could use deadly force if someone was in your house at any hour and you could use it to protect your property (car, outside of house, etc) after dark. Once catch was if say your car alarm went off, and you go out to investigate and find someone trying to steal it and went back in to get your gun and went back out and shot them you were breaking the law because you retreated to safety. They changed the law a few months ago (not sure when it goes on the books) that gives you the right to shoot anyone at any time to protect your property. This includes vehicles and businesses.

That is the Black Castle law that goes into effect on sept 1. Two friends and I were reading the Texas Penal Code about it on a road trip the other week.
You can now protect property, home and business. It also says that if you shoot someone to protect yourself or property the family of that person cant come back and sue you.
I would encourage anyone thinking about getting a CHL to read the new law.
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