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New laws for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) program

Summary of new laws passed in the 84th Regular Legislative Session that impact Concealed Handgun Licensing.

Open Carry

House Bill 910 Effective: January 1, 2016

Caption: Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun; creating criminal offense.

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Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 Effective: August 1, 2016

Caption: Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education; providing a criminal penalty.

Various Other Changes

House Bill 554 Effective: September 1, 2015

Caption: Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of possessing or carrying a weapon in or into the secured area of an airport.

House Bill 1376 Effective; September 1, 2015

Caption: Relating to the application of certain concealed handgun license laws to community supervision and corrections department officers and juvenile probation officers; reducing a fee.

House Bill 2604 Effective: September 1, 2015

Caption: Relating to a concealed handgun license application that is submitted by a peace officer or a member of the state military forces.

House Bill 2739 Effective: September 1, 2015

Caption: Relating to the use of a concealed handgun license as valid proof of personal identification.

House Bill 3710 Effective: September 1, 2015

Caption: Relating to a voluntary contribution to the fund for veterans' assistance when applying for a concealed handgun license.

House Bill 3747 Effective: June 16, 2015

Caption: Relating to the issuance of a concealed handgun license to certain retired judicial officers.

Senate Bill 273 Effective September 1, 2015

Caption: Relating to certain offenses relating to carrying concealed handguns on property owned or leased by a governmental entity; providing a civil penalty.