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New Gun Laws In Effect Statewide

As of Sunday, new gun laws went into effect in Texas, including the change that makes it easier to get a concealed handgun license in Texas.
As of Sunday, new gun laws went into effect in Texas, including the change that makes it easier to get a concealed handgun license in Texas.

Looking for a concealed handgun license?

As of this past Sunday, obtaining one just got easier.

Before September first, anyone taking a concealed handgun licensing course needed 10 to 15 hours of classroom instruction. Now, all you need is four to six hours.

"And it will make it easier and still be adequate to properly train them," Daryl Presley, salesman at the Outdoorsman Sporting Goods store on West Beauregard said Tuesday.

Presley says decreasing the number of hours makes his class less expensive and could attract more people -- people who want to protect themselves, their families and their homes. It will not begin to attract criminals.

"They are not going to go through a dealer and get guns that way so I can't imagine how this will have any increase at all on crime," Presley said.

Lieutenant Mike Hernandez says reducing the hours of classroom instruction will not open any doors for criminals to obtain weapons.

"I think if a criminal is going to get a hold of a weapon, they're going to get a hold of it," he said. "If they are going to want to harm someone, they are going to do it. It's not the weapons that kill people. It's people that kill people."

Hernandez says the reason for increased crime and murder in San Angelo over the past month does not have to do with any law, but a lot to do with the times, the economy and drugs.
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