Texans in their 50s and 60s are leading the pack in getting concealed handgun licenses.
“Older folks are more concerned with their safety, recognize the dangers around them more, have more to lose and are less capable of dealing with threats by running and avoidance,” said Alan Korwin, author of 14 gun law books, including Your First Gun — Should you buy one and join 60 million safely armed American homes?
As the number of concealed handgun licenses continues to increase in Texas, the top age group seeking concealed handgun licenses in the past five years has been over 50.
Statewide, there are more than 580,000 active licenses, with nearly 150,000 of them being issued last year, and Tarrant County has the second most active licenses, according to data from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
And nationwide, Texas leads the number of inquiries the FBI has received from people running criminal background checks on potential gun buyers than from any other state this year.
“Texans identify with liberty and freedom … and the ability to live your life as they want,” said Charles Johnson, a Houston attorney and former offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos and New York Giants who sits on the board of directors for the Houston Police Foundation. “It’s a cultural thing.
“There’s the attitude that you live your life the way you want to peacefully, but if someone wants to threaten that peace … you should have the right to defend your family, life, liberty and property.”