Prediction: Texas will see a big increase in the number of concealed handgun permits

At the end of last year Texas had 584,850 permit holders.  Reducing the number of training hours to obtain or renew a permit from 10 hours to 4 to 6 hours will dramatically increase the number of permit holders (a copy of the bill is here).  The exact increase in permits depends on how the final regulations on training are drafted, but it could increase the number of permits to over 750,000.  Reducing the number of hours will reduce the cost of permits, and that will increase both the number of permit holders but also the share of permits held by poorer individuals.  The $140 fee for permits will still make Texas' permits among the most expensive in the country. Texas is still relatively unique in requiring retraining for renewal -- eliminating that would have a dramatic effect on the number of permits.



Blogger Levi Russell said...

However, Texas honors nonresident permits from other states, such as Florida, Arizona, and Virginia. This makes it easy to get past the ridiculous Texas regs and still legally carry a firearm. In terms of laws, Texas does not deserve its reputation as one of the most gun-friendly states. that honor belongs mostly to western states (save California).

5/14/2013 4:07 PM  
Blogger Dean Weingarten said...

Texas law explicitly does not honor nonresident permits for Texas residents.

It recognizes non-resident permits for residents of other states, but those who cannot get permit from their own state, and who visit Texas are a tiny number compared to Texas residents.

5/15/2013 10:26 PM  

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