It appears that as of September 1st, 2013, the Texas CHL classroom requirement will be reduced to 4 hours. From my reading of the bill, the 4 hour requirement is for the classroom-only portion, and the range test will be extra, so the total time requirement will be about 5 hours, or roughly half of the current CHL class time requirement.
Assuming that Governor Perry signs it into law, which I regard as very likely.
I don’t have any objection to this. I have remarked to most of my classes that I have the problem of how to “cram” about 4 hours’ worth of information into 9 hours. However, like almost any change in the CHL program, it will be a disruption to the business of most of the instructors. I predict that a significant percentage of the new license applicants will choose to wait until September 1st to take the class, which in turn will mean that the CHL training business is going to be down significantly between now and then. I will be suspending my CHL classes until after September 1st.
Then, after September 1st, I expect a sharp increase in demand for the new course. My brother has already started working on a new outline, and I may be collaborating with him.
While I’m OK with the reduced classroom time, I still fear that there are many people getting CHLs without sufficient firearms knowledge. IMNSHO, the CHL range test is not anywhere near hard enough.
In other news, I’m happy to report that I may have been wrong about the prospects of the campus carry bill. At least, I hope I was. It appears that other versions of the bill that Texas State Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston) tried to stifle are still alive in both houses.