AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Senate has approved and sent to Gov. Rick Perry a bill drastically reducing the hours of training needed to get a state concealed handgun license.

The bill by freshman Sen. Donna Campbell, a Republican from New Braunfels, cuts the training requirement from at least 10 hours to four to six hours.

Training would still cover gun safety, gun storage and dispute resolution. Applicants would still be required to pass a firing range test.

The bill passed the Senate on Thursday with no debate. Texas has more than 500,000 concealed handgun license holders.

One of them is Perry, who can sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature.


The handgun training bill is SB864: