Your NRA-ILA*previously reported that Governor Greg Abbott signed two important pro-Second Amendment measures*passed by the Texas Legislature during the recent 140-day session into law:*Senate Bill 16, priority legislation of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick*that slashes the cost of an original License To Carry from $140 to $40 and reduces the price of a renewal LTC from $70 to $40 to bring fees down to among the lowest in the nation; and*House Bill 1819*which revises Texas statutes to track federal law regarding ownership and possession of firearm sound suppressors.* [The Texas Penal Code currently requires these devices to be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.* If the Hearing Protection Act that eliminates this federal requirement were to pass Congress before the Texas Legislature meets again in 2019, suppressor owners would have no way of complying with state law and could be guilty of a felony offense without this important change.]* An amendment was added to HB 1819 in the Senate to clarify that non-NFA, short-barreled firearms with a pistol grip -- such as the Mossberg 590 Shockwave -- are not unlawful to sell or own in Texas.* The Lone Star State is one of just two states where this particular gun cannot currently be*sold lawfully.* Both*laws take effect on September 1, 2017.

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