Seems like a lower stress level

I moved from the state of my birth to Texas the end of last year. I had carried with a CCW from my home state for more than a year and if I ever left the house without my EDC I felt like I had forgotten my pants or at least my shoes. The only time I would leave home without a weapon was if I had to go where one was not allowed. That normally was the Post Office and the Hospital.

I now have become a registered Texan so I can no longer use my CCW so I have applied for a LTC in Texas. So far the process is a lot faster and less expensive that my old state but of course the day my Texas Drivers license arrived I put my EDC in a lock box and bought a bigger safe. I get fingerprinted next Wednesday and then I have to take a class and qualify. But for some reason knowing most of my fellow citizens just might be packing, doesn’t matter if they are or not, makes the time it will take to get a LTC less stressful.

Oh I have had to pick my training class a bit farther away from home than my favorite range because they will be at some gun show by the time I get finger printed. But still a few extra days didn’t cause me to break out in a cold sweat. Some of you don’t know how lucky you are.

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I lived in TX a long time ago for about 4 years of my military career towards the end 1982 to like 1986 of my 18 year career. Here in IL you can get your fingers printed and your CCW card comes quicker than not having it done. I liked having my fingers printed because it seems to make things easier when we have our 720 Background checks each year, year in and year out.

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Each state must be different or at least it was here many years ago. Basically pay for the CC class which includes all the necessary paperwork. Take the class to pass tests and then sign off with the instructor. Take paperwork to state police office to be finger printed and I think picture taken then mailed off. Been many years ago. ACIC and NCIC back ground checks were done and then sent back to Chief of state police to sign off on and mail id card to you. Back then it was all new for the state and they were flooded with requested paperwork. I was told it would be 6 months wait but turned out to be around three months.

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