Skip to comments.Florida Leads the U.S. in Concealed Firearm Permits, Texas Somehow Far Behind
Posted on 12/14/2012 6:44:03 AM PST by marktwain
Florida is slated to become the first state with one million concealed firearm permits, Bloomberg reported yesterday. State officials issued 993,200 active permits as of Nov. 30, and are expected to pass the one million mark next week.
Floridians have a great respect and appreciation for their Second Amendment rights, said Adam Putnam, Floridas commissioner of agriculture and consumer affairs.
This got me thinking about the Texas number. So I called the state department of public safety, and they sent me to their website (technology!). The numbers arent exactly apples-to-apples (the newest Texas numbers are for last year), but they still paint a picture where, despite all the Second Amendment bluster statewide, Texas actually trails Florida by a significant amount.
2011: 518,625 (total permits, statewide)
That 2003 to 2004 jump (only 77 new permits) seems suspect, but the others seem to jibe with the Florida growth trend of a near doubling of permits over four full years. Texas is actually fourth nationwide, behind Florida, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, according to the GAO.
I then checked this years applicants, by zip code, to see where they were from. The top 10:
77379 (Spring): 761 approved applicants
77573 (League City): 706
77429 (Cypress): 688
77584 (Pearland): 613
77346 (Humble): 551
75052 (Grand Prairie): 549
77546 (Friendswood): 532
77494 (Katy): 526
76028 (Burleson): 522
77095 (Houston): 520
Moral of the story? Stay out of the Houston suburbs.
How many of those 1 million Florida permits were issued to non residents?
Because we don’t need no stinking permits...
My understanding is that to get a Texas permit you have to be a resident of the state. Florida issues permits to residents of other states.
With all the restrictions on where you can carry a concealed waepon in TX you are not getting much from a CCL beyond what we already have with private property, the castle law extending to your car (don’t count on that one though), hunting, and normal use, like out on your ranch for snakes and such. Plus you are telling the gov’ment you have a gun.
The CHL training in Texas is down to 69.00 for the classes so there are going to be a lot more in the future.
Exactly, even with CHL you cannot carry in some places. I carry every where and I don’t go where I can’t.
I don’t want big brother having that info.
Duh. Everyone knows you either get a Utah or Florda non-resident CC permit in addition to your own state’s permit/license.
Utah is much cheaper than Florida now.
This might be hard for many here to understand, but I will try.
I am a 5th generation Texan.
Nearly every real Texan I know owns a small arsenal of long guns, but nearly no hand guns. It’s hard to explain, but for some reason handguns have a sigma here. I could walk into someones home and see .... a whole room full of rifles and not think twice about it.... but one pistol... and I get a little edgy... it’s wierd, I don’t know exactly why I think that way.
Being a fourth generation Texan I have no idea what you are talking about. Virtually all my friends and relatives have hand guns and most have multiple ones!!!
Walk into the gun shop pick out your favorite ARXX plop down the cash fill out the form and walk out with it. We have to see about doing away with the form someday. Grandma Mrs Clamper was cute yesterday wearing her Rugar LCP to the Albertsons grocery store.
Man, I must really like living by the coast to stay here.
It’s because there are FAR more CARPERBAGGING Massholes and New Yawkers in FL than in TX.
We are former Aptos / Santa Cruz residents. We fled Taxifornia 3 years ago. We love Arizona and would never move back. If we miss the ocean ... we catch a flight to Maui
I agree with that. My family has been in Texas since the mid 1800s and everyone I know has at least a couple of hand guns included in their "gun collection".
FL had a rash of car jackings about the same time the CCW law was passed.
I can vouch for that, it may be different today but pistols just weren't common for most of us, rifles of all sorts, including military surplus, shotguns, deer rifles, but often no pistols at all, or only one for the father of the house which was often from the war, or a hand me down, rarely did someone just go out and shop for pistols.
But I thought that Texas was originally part of the “wild West” where the handgun hung on everyone’s hip! You don’t mean to tell us that Texan’s are “squimish” about pistols?
That’s so strange. Every Texan I know has many handguns and long guns. I have over 30 handguns myself.
Texas trails Florida because of the safe motorist act. People don’t think they need to carry on their person (they do), and it’s perfectly legal to carry in your car concealed w/o a permit.
As I noted, things are probably different now because of the liberalization of the gun laws, but when I was growing up, people just didn’t get into pistols much.
Texas gun laws used to be very strict, and you could only carry one in the car if you were traveling, I think through two counties, so most people weren’t invested in shopping for, and investing in, or building a collection of pistols and holsters, like today.
My father kept a pistol, but it was always a game of avoiding the law seeing it during traffic stops.
My experience back then was that although there may be a dozen or more long guns and shotguns in the house, there might be a single pistol, people tended to budget for purpose driven guns, and pistols were low on the totem pole.