Atta Boy: Texas Improves Access to Second Amendment Rights

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, Scott Smith, a supporter of open carry gun laws, wears a pistol as he prepares for a rally in support of open carry gun laws at the Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Texas the second-most populous state, is joining 44 other states in allowing at least some firearm owners to carry handguns openly in public places. Under the Texas law, guns can be carried by those with licenses and only in holsters. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

While the left is trying to distract you with a new outrage, it’s important that we celebrate today that Texas just passed a law to make it easier for ordinary Texans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

NRA’s Chris Cox has it right: “No one should be priced out of their right to carry a firearm for self-protection,” he said of Senate Bill 16, which drastically reduces the government fees collected from people who want a license to carry.

An initial application used to cost $140. That’s been dropped to $40. Renewals were also dropped, from $70 to $40. Active peace officers pay nothing. This is great news for Texas, and hopefully other states will follow that lead.

Governor Greg Abbott’s ceremony wasn’t shy about this, either: