Gun shop owners say lower license fees may lead to spike in gun - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Gun shop owners say lower license fees may lead to spike in gun sales

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

Gun shop owners got excited after Governor Greg Abbott signed Texas Senate Bill 16 into law which will lower first time handgun carry license fees by 100 dollars. 

Jimmy Carpenter, the store manager at Wichita Falls GunCo Arms LLC, said he is excited about the new law. 

"It's definitely going to help the gun industry," Carpenter said. "It's going to help the people out there."

Carpenter has been around guns since he was eight-years-old and he carries his gun strapped to his side. 

The new fees, that take effect September of this year, will help the gun industry continue to grow. 

"With the state of Texas is always helping the gun industry," Carpenter said. "We are going to see a spike in sales, a spike in people wanting to buy a license to carry."

With more gun owners, some question if crime will rise.

But Wichita Falls Police Department Sergeant Harold McClure said he does not see a connection between this legislation and a rise in crime.

Sgt. McClure said this is because officers assume everyone they encounter is carrying. 

But he hopes one thing will never be changed when it comes to gun laws. 

"The most important thing, in my opinion, is that you are properly trained in that weapon," Sgt. McClure said. "Training, just do not eliminate training."

GunCo Arms has a training course and a simulation program to teach new gun owners the laws and how to fire their weapons. 

"They're learning where, and where you cannot carry. You're going to learn several holster types of carrying," Carpenter said. 

They are also building an indoor shooting range which is expected to be completed by mid-September.

Copyright 2017 KAUZ News All Rights Reserved

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Saudi women take the wheel as longstanding driving ban ends

    Saudi women take the wheel as longstanding driving ban ends

    Sunday, June 24 2018 4:24 AM EDT2018-06-24 08:24:57 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 10:37 AM EDT2018-06-24 14:37:26 GMT
    (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty). Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their countr...(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty). Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their countr...

    Saudi women steered their way through busy streets for the first time just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.

    Saudi women steered their way through busy streets for the first time just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.

  • 'Game of Thrones' co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed

    'Game of Thrones' co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed

    Saturday, June 23 2018 10:05 AM EDT2018-06-23 14:05:01 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 10:35 AM EDT2018-06-24 14:35:40 GMT
    Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland. (Source: AP Photos)Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland. (Source: AP Photos)

    Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland.

    Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland.

  • Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog, wins World's Ugliest Dog title

    Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog, wins World's Ugliest Dog title

    Sunday, June 24 2018 12:36 AM EDT2018-06-24 04:36:02 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 10:29 AM EDT2018-06-24 14:29:27 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog owned by Megan Brainard, stands onstage after being announced the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog owned by Megan Brainard, stands onstage after being announced the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018.

    A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Powered by Frankly