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Gun shop owner: Senate Bill 16 won't 'have any impact on the gun business'

Local residents react to Senate Bill 16.

Senate Bill 16 passed Texas legislation on Monday and is now on Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

The bill lowers the cost for first time license to carry holders from $140 to $40 and lowers renewal rates from $70 to $40.

Robert Glick, owner of Glick Twins in Pharr, doesn't think the new law will increase his business.

"I think everybody likes having $100, but I don't believe it will have any impact on the gun business," Glick said.

Trevor Risica, a client at Glick's shop, said the reduced price will benefit gun owners more than gun shops.

"It's going to be better for everyone because it's going to be cheaper to renew and more people are going to start to carry, hopefully, and it's cheaper for the ones who are already carrying," Risica said.

House Resolution 367, or the Hearing Protection Act, would eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers and treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act.

"They make the guns quiet, they make them not kick and it should be a much easier process, and a much less costly process, so people can protect their hearing and enjoy their sports more,” said Glick.

House Resolution 367 is expected to pass during the legislation, according to the National Rifle Association.

Unless vetoed, Senate Bill 16 will become law on Sept. 1.

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