Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Gun Application Fees Reduced From $140 To $40

The cost to get a gun license in the state is about to be a whole lot cheaper for those interested in becoming gun owners.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill dropping the application fee from $140 to $40. In addition, the change decreased the renewal fee from $70 to $40 and waived fees for police officers and Texas military.

People looking to obtain a concealed hand gun license need to take a class.

Brian Guerra, owner of Lone Star Guns in Harlingen, has hosted a concealed handgun license class for the past 15 years.

Guerra said his business sees, on average, 15 to 20 people a month.

“We normally do see an increase anytime there’s any type of change with licenses and stuff… We should see a surge in the amount of applicants and the amount of attendees to the classes,” he said.

Guerra said the primary reason people don’t take the class in the first place is because of the cost.

“You’re looking at, in most cases, $100 class fee that the instructor will charge. Then you’re looking at what was $140 licensing fee. So, you’re looking at $240 just to get the person licensed,” he explained.

He said the lower fee will open the door for more people who are interested in learning about guns.


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