TX: Nearly 260,000 have license to carry weapon

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  1. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member


    Jan. 27, 2007, 12:14AM
    Nearly 260,000 have license to carry weapon

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    <!-- rbox ends here -->Nearly 260,000 Texans have a license to carry a concealed handgun, according to revised figures released this week by the Department of Public Safety.
    At the end of last year, 258,162 people had permits, up about 4 percent from the year before and more than double the number in 1996, when Texas law first allowed people to carry concealed weapons.
    DPS had earlier told the Houston Chronicle that 72,345 Texans had concealed handgun permits last year. That incorrect figure appeared in a story published on Dec. 24, 2006.
    But DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said that because of a computer programming error, the agency had counted only the number of new and renewed permits instead of the total number of license holders for 2006.
    Senior citizens and middle-agers are among the most likely to take advantage of the concealed handgun law.
    Although those 55 and older represent just 28 percent of the state's population over the age of 21, they carry 46 percent of the permits. And one-third of the permit holders are 60 and older.
    "I just turned 60, and I'm one of those guys," said Jerry Patterson, the former legislator who authored the concealed weapons law before he became Texas land commissioner.
    When the law first passed in 1995, Patterson said he estimated that 2 percent to 3 percent of adult Texans would get permits to carry weapons.
    According to last year's revised figures, 1.7 percent of Texans 21 and older had a concealed handgun permit.
    Patterson said he believes older Texans are more likely to have the permits because they have more time and resources to get them.
    And it's not just new retirees getting the permits.
    Last year, 114 people who were 90 and older had licenses to carry weapons. The oldest was 101.
    To apply for a permit, Texans must be at least 21, although 18-year-olds who are either active members of the U.S. armed forces or honorably discharged veterans also qualify.
    Many people can't get a permit. Under the law, those convicted of felonies or certain misdemeanors are excluded. So are people who are chemically dependent, or are delinquent in paying taxes or child support.
    After passing a criminal background check, applicants must take a 10-hour course to learn about handgun safety and demonstrate proficiency shooting at a target.
  2. BigO01

    BigO01 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Hmm I would bet that the older folks are getting them due to the huge increase in illegal immigrants and Katrina refugees and with them a huge rise in crime , that will focus on them because they are seen as potential victim more so than the younger people to this slime .
  3. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    That could be a big part of it, another thing I expect that is there seems to be fewer and fewer younger shooters. Video games are the norm, where kids used to be raised in the woods hunting and fishing. The younger shooters these days are more likely to be gangbangers.
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    260+/- is about what fraction of the total population?[flag]
  5. andrew414

    andrew414 Howdy.

  6. Halffast

    Halffast Wannabe Hack Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

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