Railroad Commission Chairman Smitherman Announces First Concealed Handgun License Course for RRC Employees A Success


AUSTIN –– Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman today announced that the Railroad Commission’s first Concealed Handgun License Course was successfully completed this past Saturday at the agency.

Due to the tremendous interest in this course, Smitherman said he will continue work to make available future concealed handgun license courses for all interested Railroad Commission employees.

Chairman Smitherman said, “I commend our employees who participated in this course and who are now better educated on applicable firearm laws, safe handling of a firearm and situational awareness. The National Rifle Association provided the Commission with a top-notch instructor who did an excellent job training and educating us on the applicable laws of the State of Texas.”

Ed Sanchez, President of Double Eagle Firearms Training and NRA Certified Concealed Handgun Instructor, said, “In these changing times, there is a growing need for self-protection from criminals who present threats to life and safety.  Because of this, many men and women are choosing to enroll in a Concealed Handgun License class and secure such a license.  I applaud Chairman Smitherman and the Railroad Commission for offering the course to agency employees.”

In 2011, Smitherman led an effort to change Railroad Commission policy to allow Commission employees to legally carry a concealed handgun on Commission property. That policy follows the guidelines of Senator Glenn Hegar’s Senate Bill 321.

“I hope the CHL course we held serves as a model for other state agencies to follow.  The Second Amendment is a precious right that we must fight to protect.  That’s what we are doing at the Commission,” Smitherman said.



Chairman Barry Smitherman was appointed to the Railroad Commission of Texas in July 2011, and was elected Chairman in February 2012. In November 2012, Chairman Smitherman won a statewide election to the Commission with 74 percent of the vote, receiving more than 4.5 million votes. Chairman Smitherman currently serves as Texas’ representative on both the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the Southern States Energy Board, and as Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Gas Committee. He is on the Visiting Committee of the Bureau of Economic Geology with the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas School of Law Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law, and the Eanes Education Foundation Advisory Board.