"He came from Texas, which he described as having restrictive gun licensing laws."
A one page background form that takes five minutes to complete and a five minute wait (if that long) for telephone confirmation is restrictive?
With all of my rifles, I completed the form, had my background verified, paid for my firearms and walked out the store with said rifles in 15 minutes.
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.
Probably referring to CCW licensing and the illegality of open carry (for handguns) in Texas.
My Dad used to live in the Hill Country in TX, and if I remember right, it cost him upwards of $300 (not to mention the time involved) to get the GOVERNMENT-approved training and the permit.
THAT is ridiculous and uncalled for, and NOT what you would expect most anywhere in the red-state south and southwest.
Now try and carry openly here in Texas.
Or, pay up a couple hundred bucks, a 12 hour 1-day class, go through the hoops set up by the States "guilty until proven innocent" background checks, and then maybe they'll let you carry one but ony if you keep it concealed.
We need 50 State Alaska style C/CW to bring us inline with the Second Amendment.
Yep! A short form, a phone call, and a 'have fun shooting'!
Oh, and the painfull part of handing over the money! Im thinkin about buying a new gun within the next few weeks. Been looking into a bushmaster.