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Hurricane Harvey

Texans Who Lost Gun Licenses Due To Harvey Can Get New Ones For Free

Texans who have lost or damaged their license to carry a handgun as a result of Hurricane Harvey can receive a free replacement, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday.

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune
Gov. Abbott admires his practice target after signing Senate Bill 16, which reduces the first-time fee for a license to carry handguns, on May 26, 2017.

Texans who have lost or damaged their license to carry a handgun as a result of Hurricane Harvey can temporarily receive a free replacement, Gov. Greg Abbottannounced Tuesday.

"By eliminating burdensome fees to replace these important licenses, Texans can focus on rebuilding their lives and communities,” Abbott said in a news release, directing the Texas Department of Public Safety to halt charging eligible residents $25 for a license to carry replacement card and $15 for a private security board one.

A DPS spokesman told The Texas Tribune on Tuesday that the agency did not have estimates on the number of Texans who had a lost or damaged license because of Harvey. Per Abbott’s release, residents in counties that were included in the gubernatorial disaster declaration and who are active license holders are eligible to receive a replacement at no cost.

Abbott’s announcement comes days after a new law significantly reducing the first-time and renewal fees for a license to carry a handgun went into effect. The measure, which the Texas Legislature passed during the regular session this spring, lowered the first-time fee from $140 to $40 and the renewal fee from $70 to $40.

The new law, which has made Texas one of the states with the lowest license-to-carry fees in the nation, is set to cost the state around $12.6 million in 2018.

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