ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – Senate Bill 16 is on Governor Abbott’s desk, and if signed, it could mean an increase in gun sales.
The bill would lower the cost of a first-time license to carry from $140 to $40. It would also lower the annual renewal fees from $70 to $40.
The Abilene Convention Center hosted the Texas Gun and Knife show, where KTAB spoke with attendees and business owners to get some insight on the bill.
The general consensus is that any lower prices would be a good thing, not just for gun sales, but the industry as a whole. Lynn Smith, who manufactures ammunition, says that even though he doesn’t sell guns, the bill should increase his sales.
Smith says, “We’ll get an indirect kick from it because it’s going to allow more people to get concealed carry permits, and the more that we have available, the more they’re going to go out and shoot.”
However, Smith stresses that the bill won’t change the process to get a license, just the fees that are charged, saying, “You can’t just go get one of these permits like you go buy a bag of groceries. You’ve got to be able to pass some tests in order to have one of these.”
Private seller Jim Bennett, who travels to different gun shows across the state agrees that the change would help. He says, “We’re getting back on track. Everything we can do, it helps a lot.”