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.