(TX) CHL holders not a threat to community (local papers are still sane...)


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Drizzt
January 3, 2003, 11:58 PM
CHL holders not a threat to community

By Michael Clements
Texas City Sun

Published January 02, 2003

A recent study revealed that Galveston County, and in particular League City, have per capita more citizens with concealed handgun licenses than any most other communities in Texas.

Statewide the average is one in every 100 adults is licensed to carry a concealed weapon. In Galveston, Montgomery and Brazoria counties that number jumps to three in 100.

One law enforcement official quoted in an Associated Press story expressed some concern at the relatively high number of citizens who may be armed. Others pointed out the fact that the majority of license holders are white and live in rural or suburban areas. What seemed to be missing, or at best glossed over, was the crime rate among licensed gun owners.

According to the study, since 1995 the Texas Department of Public Safety has issued more than 220,000 permits. In that time, more than seven years ago, little more than 2,000 have been revoked.

That’s barely one percent since the state began its licensing program.

To get a concealed handgun license in Texas, a person must receive 10-hours of classroom training, demonstrate basic skills in the use of a weapon and undergo a background check. Citizens who don’t care about the law don’t submit to this type of program.

In addition, each applicant is given a copy of Texas’ concealed carry law which outlines when and where licensed gun owners can carry weapons. Contrary to what some may believe, having a concealed handgun license doesn’t give the holder the right to carry a weapon at all times.

Many of those revocations had nothing to do with a firearm except that the license holder had a gun in his or her possession when they committed some crime. For example, if a license holder is convicted of public intoxication, and has a gun at the time of the violation, the license is revoked.

The simple fact is that the police, unlicensed residents and the community as a whole has less to fear from licensed gun owners than from their unlicensed counterparts.

Texas’ law is a lesson in how responsible gun owners can be trusted. Not an example of an out-of -control gun culture.

—Michael Clements, Sun managing editor

http://texascitysun.com/report.lasso?WCD=1593

It's good when the managing editor will make a statement like that. It gives you the feeling that they will at least try to be fair and honest in the reporting...

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