7 Things He Wish He Knew Before He Concealed Carry

What piqued your interest in getting your permit to concealed carry?

Are you freaking out about riots springing up and want to have a fighting chance to defend yourself?

Or are you traveling for work and want to protect yourself no matter where you are?

For me, I like to camp and backpack. Some of the areas I camp are prone to bears and other big things that might try to eat me.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.pewpewtactical.com/7-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-i-concealed-carry/

Chuck Rangel On Concealed Firearms By His Constituents In Harlem

“I wouldn’t want them to have it. I know what you’re trying to say. Corruption is corruption, and it’s bad,” Rangel said.

“Law-abiding citizens just shouldn’t have to carry a gun. You’re not gonna push me in that direction,” he said, standing just five feet from a Capitol Police officer, who stood at his post by the House Speaker’s Lobby.

When referring to members of Congress such as himself, who are protected by armed police officers (note – emphasis mine):

“Well that’s a little different. I think we deserve–I think we need to be protected down here.” Rangel laughingly insisted.

Read the rest of the article: http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/22/rangel-no-guns-for-americans-but-i-need-police-protection-audio/

Texas DPS Struggling To Keep Up With CHL Applications

Angry and frustrated people say they are being forced to wait to get their license to carry a handgun. And the Texas Department of Public Safety admits they are seeing an “overwhelming volume” of applicants.

Andrea Ewen is learning to use a hand gun and she wants to get her license to carry. “Been meaning to do it for a long time and I should’ve done it sooner,” says Ewen.

And she’s not alone — DPS says the number of applicants has exploded recently. During the three-month period from December 2015 through February 2016, DPS saw a 139 percent increase in applicants from the previous year.

“People are upset, people are very upset right now,” says Raul Camacho. He teaches a license to carry course at Safety Measures Security and Firearm Training Academy.

He says the increase is leading to a backlog in licenses. Camacho says, “I got a reply back from one of my students who took a class, I think it was January 8th, and he had told me that he had just got his license a few days ago.”

According to the DPS website, getting a new license to carry is supposed to take 60 days.

Camacho says, “People are upset because people are calling me and they’re saying DPS isn’t answering the phone calls, why is there a voicemail or whatever, why can’t DPS respond to my emails.”

As for Ewen, she still plans on getting her license but now she knows what to expect. She says, “I will still follow through with it, absolutely, and I’ll just wait.”

DPS says they haven’t confirmed how bad the backlog is, but they have hired additional personnel and are working seven days a week processing applications.

Source: http://keyetv.com/news/local/dps-struggling-to-keep-up-with-chl-applications

Texas Demand For Carry Licenses Prompts DPS Staffing Increase

Requests for licenses to carry guns more than doubled in a recent three-month period, prompting the Texas Department of Public Safety to boost staffing, adjust resources and warn gun owners about how to avoid potential delays.

The department said Thursday that it had received 136,000 requests for licenses in December, January and February. That’s a nearly 140 percent increase over the 57,000 applications submitted in the same three-month period the year before.

The spike follows the trend in recent years of more and more Texans acquiring a license to carry a handgun. Ten years ago there were just under 260,000 Texans with such a license; by the end of last month, there were more than 966,000 active gun license holders in the state.

But the latest jump – which some attribute to national security fears, among other factors – surprised even some seasoned veterans of Texas’ gun debate.

“Nearly triple – that’s pretty significant,” said former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who as a state senator wrote the original concealed carry bill in 1995.

Read the rest of the article: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/03/dps-adds-staff-to-handle-big-spike-in-applications-for-gun-carry-licenses.html/

Guns Are Already In College Classrooms

If you work at a Texas college and are worried by the prospect of having guns in your classroom, relax. The new campus-carry law changes your risk of gun violence very little. I can almost guarantee that if you have a few semesters of teaching under your belt, at some point there have been students with guns in your classroom. If those illegally armed students were not moved to violence by the content of your course or the statements of their fellow students, it seems highly improbable that a new group of legally armed students will prove to be more volatile or violence-prone than their scofflaw peers.

If you really think that there are no guns on college campuses in Texas, or elsewhere, because there is a law that forbids having guns on campus, you are mistaken. On my own campus in Arkansas, despite a strict prohibition on guns, in the last decade there has been at least one accidental discharge of a gun in a dorm room, several students who have been found to have guns in their cars, and at least one faculty member who was caught with a gun in on-campus faculty housing. And those are just people in “casual” possession of guns with no intention of causing harm or mischief who ran afoul of the campus police because they were foolish or indiscreet with them.

So, if you have been teaching for a while, some of your students (and possibly your colleagues) have probably been illegally bringing guns onto campus and into classrooms. So far, despite the presence of firearms, no one has shot you or any of your students intentionally or unintentionally, no matter how controversial the content of your course. What will change when legal concealed-carry permit holders bring guns into your classroom? Not much. Because permit holders’ guns will be concealed, any guns in your classroom will remain invisible, just as they were before.

Are concealed-carry permit holders a violent lot? No. In Texas they commit crimes at about the same rate as cops and at a lower rate than the general public. Texas requires that concealed-carry permit holders be at least 21, so most undergrads will not be eligible for a permit, and those who are will be a little more mature than the average student. Texas requires concealed-carry permit holders to submit photos and fingerprints with their applications, and the Department of Public Safety has up to 60 days to conduct a background check on applicants.

Read the rest of Mr. Gilbert’s well written article: http://chronicle.com/article/Stop-Worrying-About-Guns-in/235744