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Older Texans lead in gun permit applications

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Concerned with their safety and not able to run away from threats, more older Texans want their concealed handgun license for personal protection. State data shows people in their late 50's and early 60's are applying for CHL's more than any other age group.

At age 62, Davis Buass is seeking his concealed handgun license.

"For me at my age, it's about the only way I can protect myself. I can't so to speak duke it out anymore. And it's the only choice I have," Buass said.

Jay Joseph shares his classmate's feelings.

"I think it's an awareness and I also think when you get a little bit older you realize you're simply not bullet proof and that aspect drives a lot of us for self-protection," Joseph said.

Both Buass and Joseph are taking Michael Cargill's CHL class.

"We see an increasing demand for our seniors, people in their late 50s, 60s, and 70s coming in to get their CHL's," Cargill said.

Cargill owns Central Texas Gun Works. He believes older Texans are more aware.

"They're concerned about their personal protection and about being a victim," Cargill said.

Shootings around the country also drive up the demand.

"When there's anything in the headlines about shootings or mass shootings, our gun sales and CHL increase," Cargill said.

In 2012, DPS issued 146,367 CHLs statewide. Last year around 3,400 57 year-olds sought CHL's. That's more than any other age group. The last five years how the top age groups ranged from 55 to 64. It's a trend Cargill says will likely stay.

"They worked hard for their items and the things they've purchased and owned," Cargill said. "I like to remind people they are not enforcement. You're not a one man security guard so with this license comes great responsibility."

Buass passed the course and should get his license sometime in December. While he has the right, he hopes he does not ever need to use his CHL.

"I think on very few occasions I'll actually carry a gun in my possession," Buass said.

Last year, DPS issued 4500 CHL's to Travis County residents and 3,000 in Williamson County.

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