POSTED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 5:36pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 22, 2013 - 12:13pm
Tyler, Tx — Ever since the recent gun debate the number of people wanting to get a concealed handgun license has gone up drastically. This increased number of participants has caused many people to be placed on a waiting list for their turn to take one of these training courses.
An average training course in Texas lasts up to ten hours, and it's usually done in one very long day, mainly usually held on the weekend.Texas lawmakers are currently in the process of passing a bill that would only require the training course to last four to six hours rather than the typical ten. They hope that this bill would allow more people to get their license at a quicker pace.
Senator Donna Campbell of New Braunfels tells KETK in a statement that this bill could help more people get guns, saying, "Current law makes it very difficult for Texans who work full-time and have families to obtain a concealed carry license. This bill streamlines the classroom time from 10 hours to 4 to 6 hours while preserving the required range time, instructional materials, written exam, and proficiency requirements. By making the course more efficient, more Texans will have access to obtain a license and exercise their God-given right to defend themselves."
Although this bill is gaining momentum, not everyone is agreeing with this possible change. Local gun expert Mack Woods of Shootist Gun and Knife Shop says four hours simply is not enough, saying, "If you realize that it's already only ten hours and four hours, I mean the information that a good instructor tries to give people in these courses just can't be given in that period of time."
The bill is still currently waiting to be passed.