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East Texans mull concealed handgun license bill

As gun control debate continues in Washington, here in Texas, a bill that passed the senate will shorten the time required to qualify for a concealed handgun license. Senate bill 864 would reduce the amount of time a concealed handgun license applicant would have to train to be certified.

"I agree with it. The training for a CHL is too long right now. I believe its a 10 hour course. Unfortunately the world works on an 8 hour day," says gun rights advocate and former owner of the 'Gun Doctor' store in Longview, Gob Godell.

It only remains for governor Perry to sign the bill, and gun rights supporters are all in favor.

"The constitution is very straight forward in what it says. It says we have the right to keep and bear arms," says gun owner James Hogue.

The normal 10-to-15 hours , would be reduced to 4 to 6 hours training. Those that know the bill, says it's not a free pass for anyone to carry.

"Unfortunately I have witnessed some classes where some of the people were not proficient , they were scared to death of their gun," Godell says.

The bill shorten the length of time it would take to get a CHL. But applicants still are required to show proficiency.

"The bill still calls for the proficiency part of it. This is not a course to teach you how to use a handgun, a CHL holder is already supposed to be proficient," says Godell.

All agree, it should only be those who are responsible and experienced gun owners.

"If you're not responsible , you lose the right. Its a tool , you need to know how to use it and use it safely," Godell says.

Governor Perry has 30 days to sign the bill.

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