Why should you get a CHL?
If you have looked this far, you probably have
some interest in a concealed handgun license. Perhaps you think you
don't need one, and we're not suggesting everyone should have one, but here
are some reasons you should consider. Please note, these reasons consider
only Texas and its unique laws. Although some of these reasons may
apply to other states, please check with the
states for their particular
The required training includes instruction on safe gun handling and storage
in the home and while traveling, important subjects for anyone wishing to
protect friends and family.
The required training for a Texas CHL includes extensive discussions about
the intricacies of Texas laws concerning the justifiable use of deadly force
in self-defense. This is an important topic for anyone that owns a
firearm that might be used for that purpose.
The required proficiency test is a good confidence builder. You don't
have to be an expert shot, as it only measures your ability to hit a large
target at close range and demonstrates the hazards of attempting longer distance
A Texas CHL is sufficient documentation that you have passed a background
check, and exempts you from the NICS check when buying a gun from a retail
dealer. Your name will not be processed through the FBI when you purchase
A CHL identifies you as someone that has never been convicted of a serious
crime, or minor crimes in the past 5 years. In an encounter with a
law-enforcement officer, this should reduce any perception of a threat to
the officer's safety.
Even if you do not choose to carry a handgun after getting a CHL, you
will have the legal option to begin doing so if you perceive that the threat
level around you has risen (i.e. there is a string of driveway robberies
in your neighborhood).
The availability of a CHL increases the perception of probability that
a violent perpetrator will encounter an armed victim. This deterrence benefits
every law-abiding citizen.
A larger number of CHL holders translates into a perception of popular
support that will not go unnoticed by legislators that might vote to restrict
or repeal the CHL law or attempt to impose other anti-gun measures.
There is no need to proceed directly from your residence to and from a
sporting event in which you use your handgun, or to lock your handgun in
the trunk or some other secure container for transport.
Acquiring a CHL sets a good example for your children. Carrying a handgun
illegally does not show proper respect for the law.
If you have any serious reasons to add to this page, or comments about this
please email them to the