"500,000 Texans now have [Concealed Handgun] licenses"

Just between three states (Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas) there are over 2.1 million permit holders. KHOU asks if Texas is safer with more people licensed to carry. This article is by Dave Fehling at KHOU Channel 11 News.

The Texas legislature has passed a bill allowing employees to keep guns locked in their cars while at work. Lawmakers also had considered allowing concealed handguns to be carried onto college campuses.
The legislation begs a question: does it do good or harm to have thousands of Texans legally carrying concealed handguns?
KHOU 11 News took aim at finding some answers.
There are now over 20,000 citizens in Harris County alone licensed to carry concealed handguns.
"Sometimes I have it with me," said Jason Goedert, a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holder who was recently at the shooting range in George Bush Park in west Harris County.
Goedert and other gun owners said they believe having more citizens carrying concealed guns will deter a criminal who may otherwise try to assault someone. . . .

There is one mistake in the piece where he writes: "the state data shows that of the 65,561 people convicted in Texas in 2009 of felonies of all kinds, 101 were also holders of concealed handgun licenses." What he meant to say was "felonies or misdemeanors of all kinds," with the large majority of these crimes being misdemeanors.

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OpenID djmooretx said...

Link to the KHOU report. Comments are almost all strongly favorable.

Lovely to see them quote someone from the pro RKBA side and not immediately dismiss it with a Brady shill.

7/10/2011 11:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Of course the Texas law is effective. Before it was passed, carjackings were on the nightly news. Now, they're quite rare. no question it was the right law at the right time, in the right place, and for the right reasons.

7/13/2011 2:55 PM  

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