Joel Eisenbaum, investigative reporter HOUSTON - Thousands of Texans are skipping certified Texas license courses to carry in favor of cheaper, less strict but legal instruction that doesn't require live shooting. Texas gun license courses require applicants to demonstrate proficiency in gun handling and shooting. Students are not supposed to graduate from these courses without firing 50 rounds live, demonstrating the ability to hit the mark. Florida doesn't have that shooting requirement.
Florida also allows Texans and other residents of the United States to apply for a Florida LTC, and neither Florida nor Texas impose restrictions on where the course can be taught. Through a reciprocity agreement, enacted in 2000 and renewed annually, the State of Texas honors Florida's license. (See attached) The net effect is that Texas residents can legally qualify for a transportation license at a lower cost than they would otherwise have. Russel Medley Sr.
Medley now teaches the same course inside a small building outside Dayton, Texas. The class we attended consisted of only 10 students. A Dayton police captain was present to administer the FBI background check fingerprints, which took place without applicants ever showing identification The shooting part of the class consisted of firing a loaded pistol blank into a small wooden box. During the four-hour course, we handled a gun for less than 20 seconds.
Whitmire then told us that he would discuss the issue with his legislative colleagues. Three years later, with the same loophole in force, we asked about it. Whitmire said he couldn't then, and he can't now, gather support to close the loophole. Beginning August 28, 2000, Texas Governor George W.
Russi, Director of the Florida Licensing Division, proclaimed that people with a valid license to carry a firearm can carry guns in Texas and Florida. This proclamation is one-sided; Texas gun license holders will not be allowed to carry guns in Connecticut. Depending on your circumstances, you may be allowed to carry a gun in those states as a Texas resident. This proclamation is one-sided; Texas firearm license holders will not be allowed to carry weapons in Massachusetts.
Tennessee Unannotated Code, Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13, §51, provides recognition for a person with a valid Texas license to carry a handgun to carry in Tennessee. Beginning December 29, 2004, Texas Governor Rick Perry proclaimed that people with a valid Colorado license to carry a handgun can carry guns in Texas. Note that some states (Maine, New Hampshire, and Washington) fully or partially adopt constitutional carryover and are also states that do not respect Texas' concealed carry reciprocity. Stewart, of the South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement, proclaimed that people with a valid license to carry a gun can carry guns in Texas and South Carolina.
The net effect is that Texas residents can legally qualify for a transportation license at a lower cost than they would otherwise. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police, proclaimed that people with a valid license to carry a gun can carry in Texas and Virginia. In other words, you've probably wondered if your LTC transfers across state lines (or vice versa) every time you plan to travel within the United States. While there are a few more requirements, if you meet the above parameters, you may be able to successfully apply for a Texas LTC.
Even so, when it comes specifically to Texas LTC requirements, there are some strong laws worth reviewing. Beginning April 19, 2004, Texas Governor Rick Perry and North Carolina Special Deputy Attorney General John J.