Senate bill aims to cut fees for license to carry a handgun

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A measure to cut fees to get or renew a license to carry a handgun is headed to the full Texas Senate.

Senate Bill 16 was approved by the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday.

It would reduce the first-time fee for a License to Carry (LTC) from $140 to $40 and the annual renewal fee from $70 to $40.

"It's expensive. By the time you take the class, spend all day in class, and turn around and have to pay another $140 to the state for the five-year license, it's expensive for a lot of people," owner and instructor of Point Blank CHL, Chris Reitsma said.

It is a move that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made a priority for this legislative session and a measure Gov. Greg Abbott said he would sign into legislation.

"They have to have a clean background. They have to have responsibilities. So, I think that for those people that are wanting and willing to do that, a price cut would be a good thing," gun owner, Melinee Gulley said.

Gun advocates are in favor saying Texas' fees are higher than many other states across the U.S.

"We're at the top of the fee scale," Reitsma said.

If passed, Reitsma said this would bring Texas to one of the states with the lowest license fees. It is a bill both Reitsma and Gulley are in favor of.

Take a closer look at the proposed bill here.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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