Proposal Advances to Shorten Gun Class Time

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AUSTIN, Texas - The time it takes to earn a concealed gun license would be cut by more than half under a measure advancing in the state Capitol.

In a unanimous vote by members gathered around his desk on Thursday, Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire sent the proposal to the full Senate.

Current law requires at least 10 hours of classroom instruction in safety and responsibility. The bill would reduce that time to four hours.

Applicants would still have to pass a shooting test at a gun range.

New Braunfels Republican Sen. Donna Campbell cast her bill as a defense of the Second Amendment. Whitmire, a Democrat from Houston, said the classes were long, redundant and boring.

The bill was placed on an expedited calendar for proposals with no opposition.