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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Queen_of_Thunder, Sep 16, 2013.

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  1. Queen_of_Thunder

    Queen_of_Thunder member

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    Looks like us old Texans are packing heat.
    http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_24105025/older-texans-lead-state-gun-permit-applications


    Older Texans lead state in gun permit applications
    Associated Press
    Posted: 09/16/2013 10:31:44 AM MDT

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Respect your elders - because in Texas, they're the most likely to be armed.

    Residents in their 50s and 60s seek more concealed handgun licenses than any other age group in Texas, and at a pace that's nearly double that of the youngest age group who can legally carry a gun in public, according to an analysis of state records by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    No age group the past five years in Texas sought more concealed handgun licenses than those 50 or older, the newspaper reported Monday (http://bit.ly/167Sqmu
     
  2. medalguy

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    Like a lot of other Texans (well an ex-Texan) I'm too old to fight, so I carry. 'Nuff said.
     
  3. Speedo66

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    Pistols are expensive, that group probably has more discretionary income.
     
  4. heeler

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    Post two and three sums it up.
    I too was in my late 50's when I got my Texas CHL.
     
  5. TRX

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    You don't have to own a gun to have a CHL.
     
  6. wally

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    True but you will at least have to borrow one to shoot the 50 round qualification part of the course.
     
  7. we are not amused

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    I bought my first pistol at age 21. I couldn't get a concealed carry license till I was over 50, because my State didn't allow it.

    Still, I can't run as fast as I used to, certainly not for as long. I am certainly not as limber as I used to be, and while I like to think I can fight smarter than I used to, I have no desire to put theory to practice against some young punk half my age or less, especially if he has a lot of practical experience.

    So, yes I decided to fight smart and carry.

    I would be surprised if the pattern is different for any other State.
     
  8. Frosty Dave

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    The same trend in OK for the last several years, according to the state-published reports. I decided to get the license once I admitted I couldn't run away as fast as I used to, and screaming like a little girl hurt my throat.

    I've heard others say they bought a gun "after the kids were gone." I always assumed they meant because of child safety concerns, but discretionary income... yeah, that fits too.
     
  9. allaroundhunter

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    I just turned 21 and was pleasantly by how many of my friends who also got their CHLs. I think it is becoming more common for the younger age group as well.
     
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    Even though I am between the age of 55 and 60, I did not get a CHL until I retired from the U.S. Army. Busted shoulder,knees,back, neck, and missing some insides. I am no longer able defend myself physically as well as I once could.

    But I can sure as hell shoot. Nothing wrong with my eyes or either index finger.
     
  11. housecat

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    "Like a lot of other Texans (well an ex-Texan) I'm too old to fight, so I carry. 'Nuff said."


    That sounds like when I went to a bar with a buddy and his much younger brother. My buddy told him, "Don't mess with the older guys, they will cap your ***."
     
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    I don't believe this is unique to Texas but is the norm across the country. I was in my 50's when my state finally got CCW passed and I was able to legally carry. And it seems as if the older and more world-wise folks are the first to take advantage of the process.
     
  13. On An Island

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    We're past the "I'm invincible" stage of our lives. And like medalguy said "I'm too old to fight, so I carry".
     
  14. skoro

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    I'm in my 60s now and realize that my physical capabilities are diminished. Carrying evens the playing field if I'm ever confronted by goblins.
     
  15. double bogey

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    I have had my chl since 96, I think, it was the first year they were available here. I'm 57 now and have begun to lose that feeling of invincability. I carry unless I am going into a customers house, or their place of business.
     
  16. itsa pain

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    no old guy should be shooting a young guy over a fist fight
     
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    I would venture to guess that this is not exclusive to Texas....as we Boomers realize (admit?) that we are no longer invincible 20-somethings. I've owned firearms for five decades, yet have only had a CHL for seven years.

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  18. Potatohead

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    Thats funny.
    Sorry about your insides though..OUCH...

    I love your sig line.
     
  19. MaterDei

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    True, but what would be the point.

    Texas recently made the requirements for getting a CHL easier. The classroom instruction required went from 10 hours to 4 hours. Consequently, I've already seen emails from instructors/ranges dropping the price of their classes.

    Also, renewals can now be done online which is a huge benefit.
     
  20. 788Ham

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    I'm due in Oct. to get my CCW, class session has been set, just need to follow time line to get it. I'm 64, quit running a long time ago, back problems. This day and age, only one I trust is my wife, cause she's a better shot!
     
  21. JoeDorn

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    The Texas CHL is not cheap, especially for younger folks with the expense of a family. The course will cost around a hundred dollars and the CHL fee is $150 if I recall correctly, then there is the cost of the gun, passport photos, fingerprints (some times requiring a long drive to get to the electronic scanner)and a long day in class(now shortened). If you are over 65 the cost of the fee is halved. (my numbers might be a little off since it has been several years since I had to divvy up.)

    Also in Texas, you can have a gun in your vehicle without any permit or identification problems. Open carry is allowed on private land.

    Unless you see a real need to carry, other priorities will prevail.

    I, long before concealed carry was brought forth by Saint Susanna and car carry was not well defined, had a gun in the glove compartment since my job took me in to some of the less desirable parts of Houston (railroad yards and the navigation district) at all hours of the day and night. Better judged by 12 than carried by 6.

    The fees creates a problem for some of the low income people that are in the most need of personal protection but I have not come up with the formula to alleviate the problem.

    BTW, It is only recently that I felt the need for a CHL (year one of the current regime) since I live 'in the country' and a low crime area. I have always have had a legal gun(s) close at hand, just not on the body.

    I frequently wear a loose fitting shirt and a NRA cap in lieu of a concealed hand gun. The NRA cap has the NRA in big gold letters so that the better educated low life's can get the message.
     
  22. JoeDorn

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    The Texas CHL is not cheap, especially for younger folks with the expense of a family. The course will cost around a hundred dollars and the CHL fee is $150 if I recall correctly, then there is the cost of the gun, passport photos, fingerprints (some times requiring a long drive to get to the electronic scanner)and a long day in class(now shortened). If you are over 65 the cost of the fee is halved. (my numbers might be a little off since it has been several years since I had to divvy up.)

    Also in Texas, you can have a gun in your vehicle without any permit or identification problems. Open carry is allowed on private land.

    Unless you see a real need to carry, other priorities will prevail.

    I, long before concealed carry was brought forth by Saint Susanna and car carry was not well defined, had a gun in the glove compartment since my job took me in to some of the less desirable parts of Houston (railroad yards and the navigation district) at all hours of the day and night. Better judged by 12 than carried by 6.

    The fees creates a problem for some of the low income people that are in the most need of personal protection but I have not come up with the formula to alleviate the problem.

    BTW, It is only recently that I felt the need for a CHL (year one of the current regime) since I live 'in the country' and a low crime area. I have always have had a legal gun(s) close at hand, just not on the body.

    I frequently wear a loose fitting shirt and a NRA cap in lieu of a concealed hand gun. The NRA cap has the NRA in big gold letters so that the better educated low life's can get the message.
     
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