More than 52,000 people in Texas have submitted an application for a first-time concealed handgun license or renewal since the beginning of the year, reports the Austin American-Statesman. That is an almost 5 percent increase over the first six months of 2007.
There’s a good chance they’ll have a bit of a wait. The crunch, which some say is spurred by concerns about rising crime, the state’s new “castle law” and uncertainty about future gun laws, has created a ballooning backlog of applications for the department. The average wait for new applicants is between 80 and 90 days for their licenses; renewals are taking about 70 to 80 days to process. Gun proponents say the delays are unacceptable, especially for those seeking renewals.