Proposed Bill Reduces CHL Class Time Requirements

Proposed Bill Reduces CHL Class Time Requirements

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A state lawmaker wants to make it easier for Texans to get their Concealed Handgun License but not everyone thinks it's a good idea.

If Sen. Donna Campbell has her way, you could take a concealed handgun class in the time it takes to drive from Midland to Dallas.

Senate Bill 864 is proposing to cut the amount of classroom time required for a CHL in half.

State law requires at least 10 hours but the bill says only four to six hours of classroom time are needed.

"I think it's a bad idea because I think it's time well spent," Harold Kinser, said.

Kinser is the Chief Range Safety Officer for the Midland Shooter's Association.

"I think the instructors are gonna have to condense a lot of their teaching material and they're gonna have to run through it alot faster, and with some people, it's gonna kinda go over their head," Kinser said.

In a recent newsletter, Sen. Campbell said the "burdensome time requirements" in the current law make it hard for Texans with full-time jobs and families to get their CHL.

But Kinser disagrees.

"If you want it, you need to make time," he said.

CHL Instructor, Gaylene Stansbery, says she's on the fence with this bill.

"The Texas handgun law book is a lot of information and it's a lot of information to cover," Stansbery said.

People still have to take and pass a handgun proficiency course but the bill would allow people who already have their CHL to renew it online versus taking a class.

These gun advocates said that's a risky move.

"You always need a refresher course," Stansbery said.

"It's your responsibility to know the law," Kinser said. "If you don't take a class, how do you know they changed the law? It isn't wasted time in my opinion."

If Senate Bill 864 is passed, it goes into effect in September.