The fact that two out of every 100 Texans has a concealed carry permit strikes me as a low percentage for a state supposedly known for its pistol-packing populace. According to dallasnews.com, the absolute number of TX concealed carry license holders is 402,914. Roughly 35 percent of those license holders (138,768) got their permits last year. Sensibly enough, dallasnews.com rejects the idea—generated by them—that President Obama’s election has anything to do with it . . .
Although the number of Texas handgun licenses issued last year spiked to nearly 139,000 from about 86,000 in 2008, [McKinney gun store owner Randy] Bateman said he didn’t attribute that to Obama’s election or national Democrats’ policies but to gut fears for personal safety.
“They’re not scared the government is going to take their guns away,” he said. “That’s part of the hype that goes around. They’re more scared of their houses being broken into, carjackings, things like that.”
Heads up guys: the Obama election stimulated sales of modern sporting home defense sporting rifles. Not pistols. Anyway, for whatever reason, blacks are under-represented in the permitting process. Although they make up 12 percent of Texas’ population, they accounted for six percent of last year’s successful concealed carry applicants.