The Rules to get a Permit Really Matter: Texas
That falls in line with national surveys that indicate seniors are more likely than any other age group to be gun owners.
In Texas, 42 percent of those who have concealed handgun permits are 55 or older. Texans who are 60 or older have about 25 percent of the permits issued, statistics show.
Former legislator Jerry Patterson, who wrote the Texas concealed weapons law, said getting the permit is often a question of time and money, factors that favor seniors.
"There are a whole bunch of folks in the 30-to-40 range who say they'll do that someday," Patterson said.
Residents who want a permit must pass criminal background checks, take a 10-hour handgun safety course and show proficiency in shooting.
The state also makes permits cheaper for seniors, who get a half-price discount. The permit normally costs $140. . . . .