But you weren't applying for a permit to carry your rifles concealed, were you?
And normally, when someone refers to firearms "licensing," they're talking about carry permits, not purchasing, which of course does not require any form of "licensing."
Texas is in fact among the more restrictive of the "shall-issue" states, and just a few years ago , was not a "shall-issue" state at all.
Prior to the George Bush governorship, it was practically impossible to get a concealed carry permit here.
Now it is merely difficult and expensive.
Also, it steams me that every person must be fingerprinted--not only the first time they get their license--but each and every time they renew--at a cost of $10. each time. What's with that--TX gun owners are known to sit around and file their fingerprints? This is ridiculous beyond words!
Also, at 10 bucks a pop times the hundreds of thousands of licensed gun owners in this state, we are talking some serious money here. Wonder where that goes.
My plan is to organize gun owners in this state when the legislature is in session again, and ask this question, and also to ask for some of the money involved in licensing to be used to build and maintain state of the art shooting ranges around the state.
What do you think of that? Would you like to help out?