State of Texas — handgun licenses

State of Texas: Handgun Licenses in Texas


Joe Cutbirth

A version of this story ran in the July 2015 issue.

Texas began issuing concealed handgun permits almost 20 years ago, and the number has increased sharply in recent years. As the state prepares to implement an open-carry policy, here’s a look at the history of permit applications and who tends to apply for permits.

State of Texas — handguns


Source: Texas Department of Public Safety Regulatory Services Division

Illustration by Joanna Wojtkowiak