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Old Mar 31st 2014, 7:37 pm
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Ok. I'm confused! Concealed hand gun licence? Is this different to a normal licence?
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Ok. I'm confused! Concealed hand gun licence? Is this different to a normal licence?
From what I understand, as I don't live in Texas, you do not need a license to buy and own a gun. Texas is not unique, though in most states you do need some sort of license or permit to buy/ own a gun.

You do need a license to tote a loaded gun around with you, in Texas, and all other states that allow concealed carry, which in theory is now, I think, all 50 states and DC.

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What amenities are there in Houston to support a high salary?
Off the top of my head, luxury shopping, boutique spas and hotels, golf courses, theaters....
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Ok. I'm confused! Concealed hand gun licence? Is this different to a normal licence?
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/
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Old Mar 31st 2014, 7:45 pm
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Guys! I just want to know the law on gun control in Houston as petrified re the very thought of peops walking around with 'concealed weapons'
Any person in the law or police out there, let me know. Just wanting facts guys p
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Guys! I just want to know the law on gun control in Houston as petrified re the very thought of peops walking around with 'concealed weapons'
Any person in the law or police out there, let me know. Just wanting facts guys p
The link above is to the regulations.
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Guys! I just want to know the law on gun control in Houston as petrified re the very thought of peops walking around with 'concealed weapons'
Any person in the law or police out there, let me know. Just wanting facts guys p
It's not a police question. The ARE many people carrying a gun in their shoulder holster, pocket, or hand bag. By many, I mean hundreds of thousands in Texas alone.

It is probably fewer (proportionally) in NC where I live than in Texas, but still very common. In twelve years I have never seen a non-police officer draw a gun. I just know that people have them, including some of my colleagues. It is not a problem, but if you're a worrier it could gnaw away at your nerves.

ETA: As at Jan 2013 there were 584,000 concealed carry permits in Texas, or 2.2% of the population. The corresponding data in North Carolina is 228,000 ccp's, or 2.3% of the population, so actually a HIGHER proportion than Texas. It still isn't a problem that I spend much time thinking about though.

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Old Mar 31st 2014, 8:06 pm
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No need to ban anyone! Just asking re the law given worried, and an ex lawyer myself.... Downgraded now to trailing spouse!!!
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Originally Posted by hungryhorace View Post
Having visited Houston I can safely inform you that it is an *absolute* shit hole. You are going to be deeply depressed moving to such a deprived area given where you currently reside.

re gun culture, well you're moving to the state where guns can be open carried. I found Texas to be utterly boring when I have visited. Stay where you are is my advice.


I live in sugar land matey, the average cost of houses there are over half a million dollars minimum.
There are shit holes in every city in the UK.
Houston has the best medical center in the world bar none, reasonable cost of living, excellent restaurants multicultural excellent schools.
Lets be a little more objective when passing blanket comments.
Cheers!
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Originally Posted by DubaiCat View Post
Thanks for all the replies! Hubby's place of work will be Sugarland and I've been thinking of us living there re commute and bad rds plus congestion.. Also read that Sugarland has a low crime rate compared to other parts of Houston. Would Prefer to live in a gated community as I do at present (not that I need to here, but would feel safer if I did in the States)! All replies are appreciated!

I live in sugar land, great place absolutely love it.
House prices rising and probably the highest in Texas. fanstastic schools, multicultural excellent restaurants.
Voted second or third best place to live in teh US.
Can discuss further if you like. Private mesage me.
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Originally Posted by Leslie View Post
It's not my favorite city but a lot of people who post here (and live in Houston) have very happy lives. It's fair to say that it's not for everybody and since you live there you certainly can speak to that fact.

Certain other people should just stick to what they know which is actually nothing.
Hear Hear! Lot of haters out there!
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Hear Hear! Lot of haters out there!
Haterz gonna hate.
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I live in sugar land matey, the average cost of houses there are over half a million dollars minimum.
There are shit holes in every city in the UK.
Houston has the best medical center in the world bar none, reasonable cost of living, excellent restaurants multicultural excellent schools.
Lets be a little more objective when passing blanket comments.
Cheers!
Half a million dollars? Is that it? That's like 300k sterling.
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I live in sugar land matey, the average cost of houses there are over half a million dollars minimum.
There are shit holes in every city in the UK.
Houston has the best medical center in the world bar none, reasonable cost of living, excellent restaurants multicultural excellent schools.
Lets be a little more objective when passing blanket comments.
Cheers!
Disagree on the medical and the restaurants are very expensive and cannot compare to other places, especially the ones in Sugar Land. The OP has no children school age so thats irrelevant.
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Old Mar 31st 2014, 8:22 pm
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Mathai! Thanks for that! New to all of this and not quite sure how to private msg?!!!! Idiot I am!! Just wanted some reassurances etc before I waste company money on a wreckie visit from here in Dubai.. Ur post is really assuring!! It's a very frightening move after 8 yrs here.. And still concerned re the 'gun culture' as it's not for me or our family
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