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500,000 Texans Now Have Concealed Handgun Licenses

Monday, 11 Jul 2011 10:23 AM

By John Lott

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

The Texas legislature has passed a bill allowing employees to keep guns locked in their cars while at work . . . "Sometimes I have it with me," said Jason Goedert, a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holder . . . 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 a mistake in the piece: "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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