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Texas Senate approves use of either revolver or Semi-Auto to qualify, and adds air gun ownership allowances as an ammendment
By Mike Ward American-Statesman Staff
In a continuing push to sign-off on almost anything gun, the Texas Senate approved a bill Tuesday night to allow applicants to qualify for a concealed-handgun license to use either a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol. Under current law, Texans who qualified to carry a revolver could carry only a revolver.
This bill says you can qualify with either, and then carry either, said state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, the Senate sponsor of House bill 3142. The marksmanship skills for a revolver and a semi-auto are the same. The measure passed with little debate in a late-night session was earlier approved by the House, where it now returns for approval of a single Senate change: The Senate added wording to prohibit local governments from outlawing the possession of air guns BB guns and Airsoft guns, among other brands in their jurisdictions.
Estes said those local governments could still outlaw the firing of those guns.
There was a problem where some city outlawed the possession of a BB gun, Estes said. A kid ought to be able to own a Red Ryder BB gun.
Even with its current enthusiasm for gun bills three were approved on Tuesday in the Senate opponents are blocking the final passage of three others: one that would allow concealed-weapon licensees to carry their weapons in university buildings and dorms, and two others that would prohibit Texas local and state law enforcement officers from enforcing new federal firearms laws.