posted on Sep, 27 2005 @ 08:45 AM
In Texas, you can apply for a concealed carry license.
They do criminal and background checks, then fingerprint & photo ID. It looks like a drivers' license, with a ton more info on it.
The last time I checked, it cost about 200 for the license, and 200-400 for the 6-week training. It's basically what you'd get at a police
They cover types of weapons, cleaning & reassembly, and then accuracy and dealing with tense situations, as well as gun law.
Texas has had this set-up for 10 years now. In all that time, with probably 100,000 licenses issued, there have been 5 shootings that resulted in
criminal charges filed. And one of them was clearly premeditated. Not bad in a state of 20 million people.
Most cops are in favor of the program, and their spouses or adult children hold licenses. Generally, the license holders are the least likely civic
element to be involved in crime. Most organized crime types are afraid to apply, b/c of the intensity of the background check.
When the law was enacted, the gun control crowd freaked out, because in TX, if you have a CC license, there's no waiting period for you. You are on
record with extensive info about your work and family history, more than is done in a "5 day waiting period background check."
MOST people who buy at a gun show have a CCL, since they can buy anything on the spot. Others have to wait and pick it up next week, which really
The last few gunshows I've gone to, you had to show ID at the door.