- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has approved amending shooting tests for state residents seeking concealed handgun licenses, letting applicants use .22-caliber weapons rather than the .32-caliber ones currently required.

Lubbock Republican Sen. Charles Perry said Tuesday he drafted the proposal for the benefit of people “who can’t handle larger guns because of hand injuries.” He added that many Texans also prefer smaller guns and should be tested using them.

His plan passed 31-0.

To obtain a concealed handgun license, Texans must be at least 21 and complete a training course. For now, that requires passing a test firing 50 rounds from a handgun of .32 caliber or larger.

The Senate has already passed a bill that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns - but doing so still requires obtaining a license.

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