Texas Handgun Association
Happy New Year to all our Texas Handgun Association members. With the new year comes new beginnings. As most of you know, our long time Executive Director, Mollie Clakley, retired at the end of 2022. First, I want to thank Mollie for her many years of service and dedication to the Association. Second, I am pleased to announce the Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Steve Craig as our new Executive Director. We look forward to working with Steve to continue to grow and improve. We have many exciting changes coming in the near future. Stay tuned…
At our November 2022 Board meeting, the board approved a major revamping of our website. This includes revamping our “Weekly Shot” newsletter as well. This has caused some growing pains, so I want to ask all of our members to be patient with the “new and improved” version of the Association.
As Dr. Craig was an elected Board Member, he was required to vacate that position when he agreed to become our new Executive Director. The Board of Directors appointed Mr. Ted Tarver to fill the vacant Director position. Thank you again Mr. Tarver for your willingness to help when asked.
We experienced a major hiccup with the phone company in trying to get our phones changed over with this transition to our new Executive Director. I apologize for the inconvenience. We had a 2-3 day period where we were not able to receive any phone calls to the association. Fortunately, that has been fixed.
SAVE THE DATE: This will be our TWENTY-FIFTH year of hosting an Annual Conference. That is a significant milestone for any organization and I hope you can join us to help celebrate and maybe learn a thing or two. May 19-20-21, 2023 at the YO Ranch Hotel in Kerrville, TX. We are also planning to hold a pre-conference Golf Scramble on May 18th. We have the agenda completed and will announce when registrations are open.
Full membership in the Texas Handgun Association is open to anyone who is not prohibited from purchasing a handgun in the U.S.
Annual, three-year, and life memberships (full and senior) are available. For more information on membership go to TXHGA Membership.
About Texas LTC
DPS administers the License to Carry (LTC) Program under the authority of the Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H. DPS licenses individuals to carry handguns within Texas, evaluates the eligibility of applicants through criminal history background checks and monitors those currently licensed to ensure their continued eligibility. DPS also trains and certifies instructors who teach the required course to applicants.
The Texas Handgun Association began as the Texas Concealed Handgun Instructor Association in 1997, one year after the Texas concealed handgun law, now the license to carry (LTC) law, went into effect. The association’s membership initially consisted of instructors trained by the Texas Department of Public Safety and licensed to teach Texas residents to legally carry handguns under the law.
In 2003, the association expanded its membership to include license holders and anyone interested in carrying a handgun for self defense and changed its name to the Texas Concealed Handgun Association. Then in 2019, the members voted to remove “Concealed” from the name, since Texas recognizes both concealed and open carry, and became the Texas Handgun Association. Currently TxHGA has more than 1,500 membership. The specific objectives and purposes of TxHGA are:
- To promote the continuation and improvement of the Texas License to Carry (LTC) Law.
- To represent the standards and concerns of members to the general public, news media, Texas Department of Public Safety and legislators.
- To promote responsible firearms safety, ownership and use in our communities.
- To provide current information to members about the laws, lesson plans and topics related to the License to Carry program.
- To promote high standards of instruction and training.
- To support the right of responsible, law-abiding citizens to own, keep and lawfully carry firearms for personal protection.
The “Three Gun Raffle” did take place as announced on May 15, 2022 in Kerrville, Texas. Congratulations to the following winners!!!
- SCCY CPX-1 went to Dean M. of Georgetown, TX.
- Charter Arms, Model 53820 went to Kari G. of Spring Branch, TX.
- Bond Arms, Texas Defender went to Tom T. of Schertz, TX.
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The Texas Handgun Association (TxHGA) is a Civilian Marksmanship Progam (CMP)-affiliated club. If you are a “current” TxHGA member, then you can participate in many of the CMP programs and/or make purchases through their stores.
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