“We do not believe that citizens in Texas should have to pay for the right to defend themselves,” Stickland said.
Via Fox 4:
There’s a move by lawmakers to go beyond just reducing the fees to carry a weapon. They feel like there should be no fees at all.
Current state law requires a five-hour class that costs between $75-100, a $140 license fee to the state and a $10 fingerprint free. And once people get a license, there is a $70 renewal fee every five years. Texas has what may be the most expensive fees in the nation.
But some lawmakers in the legislature don’t think citizens should have to pay for their constitutional right to carry…
…Bedford Republican State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, who also authored the open carry measure that is now law in Texas, is leading the charge for constitutional carry without having to pay license fees.
“This would make it optional. We do not believe that citizens in Texas should have to pay for the right to defend themselves,” Stickland said.
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