Apr 8, 2013 7:48 PM by Jessica Holley - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - With the Senate returning from a two-week recess, the Obama Administration is gearing up for an all-out push this week to get lawmakers to take action on gun control. Meanwhile back here in Texas, a state lawmaker is looking to shorten the time it takes to get a concealed handgun license.
For anyone who's gotten their concealed-handgun license, which is about one out of every 44 Texans, they've had to spend at least 10 hours in the classroom learning the ends and outs of firearms and safety. Republican State Senator Donna Campbell has authored a bill that looks to cut the amount of classroom time.. from 10 hours to 4 to 6 hours.
"Current law makes it very difficult for Texans who work full-time and have families to obtain a concealed carry license, not because of safety or proficiency concerns, but because of the burdensome time requirements," says Senator Campbell.
At The Sharp Shooter gun store the owner says his shooting range instructors agree.
"They felt that they could cover the same curriculum in a 6 to 8 period that included the shooting time," says store owner Andy Benning
Yet former Washington DC police officer, now a teacher Bob Snyder, believes all of those hours are needed in the classroom.
"Each person learns at a different rate each person comes to the class with different experiences. So the instructor has to gear to the middle of the class," says Snyder.
Texas lawmakers haven't made any changes to CHL class requirements since it's creation in 1995. And according to one of the original bill authors the 10-hour number was "pulled out of the air" before officials even looked at training materials. If passed, Benning expects to see the number of active concealed-handgun licenses grow
The State Senate is expected to vote on the bill sometime this week.