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AUSTIN - Call it a gun run
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AUSTIN - Call it a gun run.

In the first half of this year, the Concealed Handgun Licensing Bureau at the Texas Department of Public Safety handled an average of 12,700 applications a month compared to 8,700 during the same period in 2008, a 46 percent increase.

A good percentage of those applicants are from West Texas, particularly from Lubbock and Randall counties. Potter County, which has roughly the same population as Randall County, has a significantly lower number of residents with concealed-gun licenses.

"The bureau hired more than 50 temporary employees to assist in alleviating the backlog," said DPS spokeswoman Lisa Block. "Thanks to those individuals, the bureau is now back to the point of entering new applications into the system as they arrive."

Once the agency tallies all the concealed-gun licenses issued in the 2008-09 fiscal year, an Avalanche-Journal analysis projects the number of license holders in the state will be more than 400,000. As of March 17 it was 327,560.

And though with 3,695 and 2,151 license holders respectively, Lubbock and Randall counties do not have as high a number as some non-West Texas counties with an approximate number of residents, compared to the state as a whole the two West Texas counties have a significantly higher percentage of licensees.

"I am not surprised," said state Rep. David Swinford, who has a license to carry a concealed gun.

"People are applying for licenses because they see a need for it," said the Dumas Republican. "We have so much distrust of Congress and the president about the right to bear arms."

The number of applications is keeping pace with the surge of gun sales Texas and the rest of the country have seen since President Barack Obama was elected in November, Swinford and others said.

"This is also a reflection of what is happening where people live," said state Rep. Joe Heflin, D-Crosbyton, who is also a concealed-handgun license holder. "In Lubbock and other communities there have been home invasions, robberies and other violent crimes ... law-abiding citizens want to feel secure."

Texas behind other states

Despite the sharp increase in the number of applications in Texas this year, there are other states with more concealed-handgun licenses, said Mike Stollenwerk, director and co-founder of OpenCarry.org, a Web site in northern Virginia that favors laws that would permit gun owners to display their firearms in public the way uniformed law enforcement officials do.

OpenCarry.org does not keep track of concealed-handgun license holders because many states make it hard to obtain such information - in fact Texas and about a dozen other states have recently passed laws that keep the names of license holders confidential.

Records show Florida and Pennsylvania have a higher number of license holders than Texas.

As of July 31, Florida had 763,781 license holders, according to the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - about twice as many as Texas.

"Florida and Utah have a high number of license holders because they allow by-mail permits," said Stollenwerk, who once lived in Texas. "It is very disappointing but Texas doesn't."

The high numbers of licensees is hardly encouraging news for Marsha McCartney, president of the Dallas-based North Texas Chapter of the Brady Campaign, a nationwide organization that favors gun ownership restrictions.

Like other gun control advocates, McCartney said she's concerned gun sales are booming in Texas and applications for concealed-weapon licenses are keeping up with those sales.

"I am concerned that some of those people are so frightened and are getting a gun," McCartney said in reference to recent news reports the proliferation of firearms is based on a perceived fear that Obama and Congress want to take people's guns away. "It is sad that there is so much misinformation out there."

However, the sharp increase on applications for concealed-handgun licenses does not worry DPS Director Steve McCraw, who started his law enforcement career in the Panhandle.

The Legislature established very strict guidelines that make it difficult for criminals and unfit applicants to get a concealed-handgun license, McCraw said.

"These individuals are fully vetted to ensure that they don't have any links to crime, that they are who they say they are ... that is the key requirement," McCraw said of most applicants, "So, if a person has never been arrested, convicted, charged, the Legislature has made very clear, they are eligible for (the license).

"The other part, are they proficient? ... They are not issued anything until they go through that particular process," McCraw said of the required training. "So, we have those elements along those lines and I'm confident that at least we won't let criminals get their hands on it."

TEXAS/State deals with rush to get concealed-gun licenses, and Lubbock, Randall counties have a high percentage of applicants
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Not in Austin cuz them panty waisted Kalifornistan girly men transplanted liberals live there!
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i'm in texas and i'm gonna get my glock in a couple weeks :5:
don't know if i'll get a concealed carry though
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God bless Texas!

We here in TN have had a huge increase in carry permit applications too. I am one of more than 250,000 here in TN with a carry permit.
"God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, & always, well informed... If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty... Let them take arms... What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. " - Thomas Jefferson in 1787
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so is the ammo shortage is still going on?
We have finally come back to the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus, who said everything is flow, flux, process. There are no "things." Bruce Lee
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In Harris County (the Houston area) there is a backlog for close to a year to get a CHL. The backlog is (was) due to one person doing the background checks; the volume of requests; and CHL background check processing in Harris County being shut down due to Hurricane Rita from last year.
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My shooting buddy says it's starting to get easier to get a hold of ammo now, but I haven't been out recently to tell. Guess I'm too pessimistic about the potential for a ridiculous microstamp bill making its way through requiring everyone to turn in their current ammo.
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TX....where there is one (or several) behind every blade of grass.

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In Harris County (the Houston area) there is a backlog for close to a year to get a CHL. The backlog is (was) due to one person doing the background checks; the volume of requests; and CHL background check processing in Harris County being shut down due to Hurricane Rita]/b] from last year.
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I think you mean "Ike". ;)

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bump for the Lone Star state. =P
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I heard there was nearly a year waiting list for concealed weapons due to over run of requests. Just some blip on the news a month or so ago.- sorry no link

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asshole...not everyone in Austin is against guns- have a little faith ;)

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IT'S RACIS! RACIS!
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Don't Mess With Texas baby!!!!

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Just what we need more bullets flying.
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Just what we need more bullets flying.
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Crime always goes down when more people start carrying.
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Just what we need more bullets flying.

Crime always goes down when more people start carrying.
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Did I mention crime, or crime rates, or stats related to the number of gun owners vs crime?
No, simply said, "just what we need more bullets flying."
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Statistically, more concealed weapons permits equals fewer bullets flying.
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Statistically, more concealed weapons permits equals fewer bullets flying.
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Statistically, I'm just being an ass.
Sorry. hf
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"I'm goin to the gun show and I got mah tickets right chere."

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"I'm goin to the gun show and I got mah tickets right chere."

<img src=" [link to 4.bp.blogspot.com] width="320" height="320" border="0" alt="gun show" />
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Oops. Sorry. No HTMLy.
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bump

If one wants to protect their rights THEY NEED TO EXERCISE THEM


bump


More concealed carry and open carry, then we will not need the extra 400000 other code enforcement officers designated in the health plan

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police say most ennocent victims of home invasion robbery could NOT get to thier guns FAST enought to be able to launch a succesful defense ,so as to inflict deadly harm on the killers at once . .. mainly cause the residens front or rear doors to the home, just simply flew open too fast, some in as little as in under 10 seconds of time , and these deadly intered like rapidly like swat team. .. ..no victim is really prepared for a deadly show down in that amount of time...that is why ennocent victims loose the battle of Home invasion robbery ..car jack victims are approched at off ramps from both sides of thier cars with armed robbers ..beware at interestions and off ramps so as to speed off at once to avoid the ambish trap ... vibration sensors on every entry point of tour home ..it lets you know at instant that the entry point is being tampered with ..get you gun at once ...never check out strange noises unless your well armmed and absolutely do not go outside .you could be ambushed out there..call cops but stay armed . .. add extra strong inside locks to your entry points ...





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