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Texas Senate Sends Bill Reducing CHL Training Requirement

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TEXAS (CBS 11) - Getting a concealed handgun license in Texas may soon get much easier. A bill on its way to Governor Perry would reduce the amount of training required for a license.

Current law requires applicants attend at least a ten hour course. The new bill, passed by the state legislature, would allow classes to be as short as four hours and require they be no longer than six.

State representative Dan Flynn of Van Zandt County proposed the change.

“I’ve had just about any number of phone calls thanking me for doing this, because it’s difficult to take a whole day to go get your license,” said Rep. Flynn.

A second bill introduced by Flynn, still pending before the Senate, would make renewing a CHL easier, too.

Gun owners would be allowed to renew online every five years and would no longer have to take a four hour refresher class.

“I think it’ll streamline the process,” said Rep. Flynn.

CBS11 sought out the opinion of CHL instructors in the Metroplex.

Out of dozen interviewed for this story, not a single one supported the idea of reducing class time.

“Doing a six hour course on what we’re trained to teach now would be very, very difficult,” said Tom Mannewitz, at Target Master in Garland.

Mannewitz teaches the state mandated certification course, focused on gun laws, safety and responsibility.

He already finds himself trying to squeeze in all the information.

“It’s kind of tough to get it all taught in 10 hours — and do it right,” he said.

Even in a refresher class, he said he finds students unprepared.

“Maybe 2 or 3 who have not fired their gun in 5 years,” he said.

Representative Flynn told CBS11, at public hearings, no CHL instructors spoke against the proposal.

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