In Texas state Senate, Only Democrats voted against lowering fees for permitted concealed handguns

31 Mar , 2017  

By a 26 to 5 margin, the Texas state Senate has voted to lower the fee for getting a concealed handgun permit from $140 to $40.  Renewal fees will also fall from $70 to $40.  Texas’ permit fee is the second highest for any right-to-carry state, behind only Illinois.  While all 26 Republicans voted to lower the fee, Democrats were divided with 6 voting to lower the fee and 5 voting “no.”  This is consistent with the actions in other state legislatures where Democrats have opposed lower concealed handgun permit fees.  The only difference here is that a slight majority of Democrats actually supported a lower fee.

This is consistent with the actions in other state legislatures where Democrats have opposed lower concealed handgun permit fees.  The only difference here is that a slight majority of Democrats actually supported a lower fee.  Dr. Lott’s research has shown that it is primarily poor blacks who live in high crime urban areas who benefit the most from having permitted concealed handguns.  High fees discourage these very poor people from having the opportunity to defend themselves.

The vote was as follows (Democrat Senators are in Bold):

Yeas: Bettencourt, Birdwell, Buckingham, Burton, Campbell, Creighton, Estes, Hall, Hancock, Hinojosa, Huffines, Huffman, Hughes, Kolkhorst, Lucio, Miles, Nelson, Nichols, Perry, Schwertner, Seliger, Taylor of Galveston, Taylor of Collin, Uresti, Whitmire, Zaffirini.

Nays: Garcia, Menendez, Rodrıguez, Watson, West.

The legislation now goes to the Texas state House.

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