In 1995, Texas made it legal to carry a concealed handgun.
Since then, nearly 600-thousand people have taken the course and gotten the permit.
Texas just made some changes to simplify the process for getting a concealed handgun license.
The classes are shorter now, but the intriguing thing is who is in the class.
Some interesting statistics have been dug up by the Fort Worth Star Telegram about concealed carry permits.
We’ve had concealed carry in Texas since the mid-nineties, and related to that, I have a confession to make.
I am past the half-century mark. And in fact, the largest segment of folks getting their concealed carry permits are like me…over 50.
In fact, the most common age is 57.
Former Bullard Mayor Connie Vaughn teaches concealed carry courses and agrees with the findings.
“And I say older people very respectfully, because I’m in that group,” he says. “I have actually had students 95 years old.”
The reason may be that older folks feel a bit more vulnerable to violent crime.
“They really are,” Vaughn agrees. “They’ve had enough life experiences to indicate that they need to change their way of thinking. They’re not as agile as they were. Their reflexes are not as great.”
Vaughn says though, he is seeing a new crop of younger students.
“However, there’s a new bunch taking it, just turning 21 years old.”
And who makes the best student?
“Women,” he told us flatly. “Most of the women that I teach, they do not bring bad habits. And you’ve heard it all your life that practice makes perfect. That’s a misconception. Practice does not make perfect because you can practice wrong.”
But one thing is still paramount.
“What’s more important than training is conditioning,” Vaughn says. “You have to be conditioned to know how the handgun works. You don’t have time to figure it all out when it comes time to use it.”