Texas LTC - Some Important Things to Consider
Your freedom to hold arms and protect yourself is becoming ever more important. Since early times, it was not a necessity to own a license to carry a firearm. We have now entered into a modern society where it is your right to know the law, hold yourself responsible to be educated on the use of a firearm, act in a safe manner, and know how to negotiate a peaceful outcome without using force. We cannot depend solely on our police response time, as time may be of the essence. The criminal aspect is also bred in our own people caused by various reasons such as unemployment, lack of education, depression, and simple criminal background. These factors are leading reasons for those of us who are concerned with safety of ourselves, family, friends, and our property, to want to protect ourselves.
These changes in our lives have led us to the concealed handgun issue. It affects our home, our automobiles, our schools and colleges and is being discussed in our political arenas with our congress and senators at Federal, state, ad local levels. Simple put, we do not have the freedom to do as we please as in years gone by. We must change our thoughts as to how best to accomplish our safety and abide by the law.
In most of our larger cities the response time is rather slow as our police forces are overworked due to the criminal activity surrounding us on a daily basis. We the public, as well as our police force, cannot project what or when we might be faced with an occasion where we would need some type of self-defense. Therefore, we must remain vigilant and alert as to what we might be facing at any given time. We must be alert as to our surroundings such as where we park our cars, where we might travel on foot or on public transit or any place where we might be susceptible to robbery, personal injury, hate crimes or racial unrest which has become an issue in recent times. It seems as if we cannot relax and enjoy life as we could before our population grew to such a large number. We have reached the point when we cannot ignore our surroundings. Those who have guns please be aware of your surrounding should you choose to or have a need to use it. Those who do not should give considerable thought to some type of self-protection such as a hand gun.
In Texas if you have a clean background you have the privilege of obtaining a concealed handgun license through training and attending a concealed handgun license class and a proficiency test. The classes are designed to show and teach the safety relating to operating a gun. These classes are relatively inexpensive and are necessary tools to help you get your state issued concealed license.
Anyone who has thought about but not done so should consider getting a concealed license as there are so many occasions that could arise when you might need protection outside your home and automobile. Some of the public would like unlicensed, no background check open carry. This would not be a good idea as most of the public are not aware of the laws dealing with the use of a gun and some of our own citizens may have some unsavory background which would not be detected as part of the qualifications for obtaining a license. These classes are designed to pinpoint safety factors to help protect the gun owner and other citizens.
Some of our politicians and government would like us to believe that we live in a safe environment and do not need any self-protection. Our lives are constantly changing as we experience the changes around us that we have no control over. Therefore, we must in some way provide our own protection. One factor in accomplishing this is our right to own and bear arms. To have a legal and broad range of self-protection is to obtain our concealed gun license. The concealed handgun license does not teach a person how to use a gun but does teach the safety features and the legalities in using a gun. Most of the public think that they can simply buy a gun, put it in their pocket, and in this way they are protecting themselves and others but they are not aware of the laws surrounding using a gun and when and where they can do so.
I have had many prospective students tell me that they have or are preparing to take a class given by ex-police and law enforcement officers but the officers in most instances are fine officers but do they follow the proper procedures as the state and NRA recommend or do they use their reputation as a police officer to draw people to their classes? In most instances they do follow the State of Texas and NRA recommendations, however, it is up to you to find the best CHL training for your education and protection.
If a person has a gun in their possession without a license outside their home or car and are written a citation for same they will not in most instances be allowed to obtain a concealed license after that occurrence. The background check will show past misconduct which will not allow a person to get a concealed license.
Please, if you are thinking about buying a gun; get your license before you begin carrying it for your protection and others.