Texas lawmakers send bill slashing carry license fees to governor
By Chris Eger
A bill to reduce handgun license fee in Texas is now in the hands of Gov. Greg Abbott (Photo: Texas Governor’s office)
The legislature put the finishing touches on a popular measure greatly reducing the license to carry fee in the Lone Star State.
The Senate on May 11 gave its final approval to SB 16 in a 26-5 vote, which would drop permit fees from $140 to $40 on first-time applications and renewals from $70 to $40.
The measure was backed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as a legislative priority this session, and he welcomed news of its final passage, arguing it was a win for both the Second Amendment and taxpayers.
“No Texan should be deprived of their right to self-protection because of onerous licensing fees imposed by the state,” Patrick said in a video message. “Senate Bill 16 will make lawful carry more affordable for law-abiding citizens across the state — taking Texas from being one of the highest fee states in the country to now one of the lowest.”
While active duty military and prosecuting attorneys in the state can obtain a free permit, and retired law enforcement, military veterans, judges and senior citizens pay discounted rates, the typical initial fee for