The impact of Concealed Handgun Permit fees and training requirements on the type of people who get permits

Jun 27, 2021 | Concealed Handgun Permits

Texas provides unique information on the race of permit holders as well having large changes in both the permit fees and training requirements. On September 1, 2013, Texas reduced the training requirement to obtain a permit from ten hours to four hours and eliminated the training requirement for renewing the permit. On September 1, 2017, the fee was reduced from $140 to $40. The question is: do higher costs of getting a permit differentially impact blacks and other minorities? The answer looks clearly yes. This has implications for laws such as Constitutional Carry, which could then help blacks and other minorities to protect themselves and their families.

The graphs show a common pattern: the percent of concealed handgun permits held by blacks and non-whites were falling before the training requirement was reduced in 2013. And reducing the costs of training and fees appears to have turned that around and increased blacks and minorities share of the permits. Blacks share of permits fell to 9.8% in 2013 and then rose to 10.4% in 2019. While permits have increased dramatically from 691,475 in 2013 to 1,416,698 in 2019, permits for blacks and non-whites were growing at a faster rate than for whites.

All the data here is from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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  1. Tom Campbell

    I recommend finding another photo.

    1. The hand is not gripping the holstered pistol well and completely. It should be as high on the grip as possible, with the web being up against the underside of the tang prior to the draw.

    2. The trigger finger looks suspiciously as if it’s already in the trigger guard, possibly on the trigger. Huge no-no.

    3. The arrangement lacks a holster, the gun being stuck inside the belt. The whole thing looks like the Mexican small of the back position, which is a dangerous place for a gun were the person to be knocked onto their back. The impact of the gun on the spine could take the person out of the fight immediately.

  2. Phil P.

    Perhaps you are assuming too much regarding the photo. Other than that, what did you think of the article?