Spider-Man was once told, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Ok, maybe Spider-Man didn’t shoot a gun, but he certainly knew the power of having a firing weapon, and so should you.
Owning a gun is a serious responsibility. Gun ownership is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. No one can argue that. Of course “you have the right to bear arms,” but do you know when, where, and how that right can be exercised? Each state has a different set of laws when it comes to owning and using firearms. However, since Tactical Fitness Austin operated in the state of Texas, this post will focus on the laws and regulations associated with the Lone Star State.
Purchasing a Gun
Although Texas has a reputation of being a rough-and-tumble state where people can wield guns in the street, it’s not. In fact, Texas is governed by sensible gun laws where felons and the mentally unstable are banned from purchasing firearms, and anyone who is allowed to purchase one is required to undergo a federal background check.
Obtaining a License to Carry
Before you can keep your gun on your person in public, you must complete and pass a License to Carry (LTC) course that will be taken through a DPS certified instructor. Before you can receive your LTC though, you must submit your course documentation through the Texas Department of Public Safety. Submitting an application requires, fingerprinting, a one time $140.00 processing fee, and can take up to 60 days to be approved.
Using a Gun
If you are ever put in an extreme self-defense situation for yourself or another, you may be required to use your firearm in a public place, most of the time you will be using it at a range. Practicing at a gun range is great to keep you in practice, but it is also good way to learn new techniques and skills should you even need to fire your weapon in a real life situation.
What is the best way to become proficient and confident with using your firearm? Tactical firearms training.
Tactical training is training that is designed for people who need to coherently and effectively react to real life situations involving serious risk. When you focus on training yourself tactically, you will be able to better deal with dangerous situations that involve an overwhelming amount of stimuli or severe emotional response.
Learning how to appropriately react in a situation involving your gun could literally save your life. Here at Tactical Fitness Austin, we are dedicated to continually helping you hone and improve your firearm skills so that you are prepared in the event of an attack. We teach defensive tactics and maneuvers aimed at helping you resolve a self-defense situation. It is critical that, if you own a firearm, you continue your training. Nothing can prevent an encounter with someone who wants to do you harm, but you can ensure that you are trained and prepared to react with a set of skills that could mean the difference between life and death.
For complete info on firearms and licensing visit the DPS website: https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/index.htm
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