AUSTIN (AP) – A bill reducing fees for gun licenses statewide is heading to the full Texas Senate.READ MORE: Rowlett Family Creates Horror Characters From Scratch For 'Nightmare' Halloween Display
Jacksonville Republican Sen. Robert Nichols originally wanted to scrap the entire $140 fee for first-time licenses to carry concealed and holstered handguns, as well as the $70 charge to renew licenses after five years.
But the nonpartisan Legislative Budget Board estimated that doing so would cost Texas $55-plus million during a two-year state budget cycle.READ MORE: Denton Police Investigate Road Rage Shooting
Instead, Nichols on Monday introduced a modified version reducing the first-time and renewal fee to $40 each. The fiscal impact of that hasn’t yet been calculated.
The Senate State Affairs Committee then unanimously approved Nichols’ amended proposal to the full chamber, where it should pass easily.
Gun advocates are applauding the bill, saying Texas’ fees are among the nation’s highest.MORE NEWS: Plenty Of Exceptional BBQ In North Texas According To Texas Monthly 'Top 50' List
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