Some 18 years after the Legislature made it legal to carry a concealed handgun in public, Texas now has 585,860 active licenses statewide, according to a Star-Telegram review of Department of Public Safety data.
Harris County, the state's largest, is home to the most licenses, with nearly 90,000.
But Tarrant County, with the third-highest population, now has the second-most active licenses, at 42,114 -- or one for every 49 people.
"The number of people seeking concealed handgun licenses is going to keep growing," said Curtis Van Liew (shown here), who began teaching concealed handgun classes locally in 2010. "Most people say they feel the need to protect themselves now."
Anna covers politics for the Star-Telegram, but she also filed this gun-related report:
-- Bill Miller