Driving safety is a top priority and is on the tongues of every lawmaker, lobbyist, and company owner nationwide, but driver safety is something that is talked about significantly less. Especially with the shortage of safe places to park, and with the increase of thefts and hijackings that take place around the holidays, drivers need to be able to keep themselves safe. Some companies prohibit their drivers from having weapons in the vehicle, but most drivers are allowed to carry handguns provided that they have the proper licensing for it.
Now a representative in Texas is trying to make it easier for certain drivers, including truckers, to combine their driver’s licenses with licenses for concealed handguns. Whenever a routine traffic stop occurs, drivers know that they will need to show their driver’s licenses for ID, but what some don’t know is that in Texas, they are also required show officers their concealed handgun license (CHL). The ability to combine these two licenses would make it so drivers who don’t know about the rules (which can change from state to state) won’t have to worry about accidently running afoul of the law.
A similar bill was proposed last year, but since it was being paired with a ban against texting while driving it was vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry who said that the bill was “a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.” He instead called for more education and announcements.
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