Texas And New Mexico Reps Want To Ease Concealed Carry Laws
Some Texas and New Mexico representatives agree on what's known as "Constitutional Carry". The ability for their constituents to carry handguns without permits.
KRQE.com reports that New Mexico Rep Steve Neville wants "anyone legally entitled to own guns to carry them, concealed, without a permit. KEYETV.com reports that Texas Rep Jonathan Stickland wants the same for Texas, saying "Texans shouldn’t be forced to take a course and pay a fee to exercise their Second Amendment rights."
Currently, the requirements in Texas and in New Mexico call for applicants to be at least 21, go through background checks, attend classes and pass shooting proficiency tests. (Click the links for complete requirements.) New Mexico and Texas currently recognize each other's concealed-carry permits.
Texas lawmakers are also considering a bill, (SB 16), that could either lower or completely eliminate license to carry fees.