AUSTIN (May 9, 2013)--The Texas Senate Thursday approved and sent to Gov. Rick Perry a bill that would drastically reduce the hours of training required to get a state concealed handgun license.
The bill by freshman Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, would cut the training requirement from at least 10 hours to four to six hours.
Training would still cover gun safety, gun storage and dispute resolution and applicants would still be required to pass a firing range test.
The bill passed the Senate on Thursday with no debate.
Texas has more than 500,000 concealed handgun license holders including Perry, who can sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature.