According to the Dallas Morning News, close to 1 million Texans now have a License to Carry (formally known as Concealed Handgun License). 136,000 Texans applied for a license from December to February. Last year over that same time period, only 57,000 Texans had applied for a license.

The spike follows the trend in recent years of more and more Texans acquiring a license to carry a handgun. Ten years ago there were just under 260,000 Texans with such a license; by the end of last month, there were more than 966,000 active gun license holders in the state.

But the latest jump – which some attribute to national security fears, among other factors – surprised even some seasoned veterans of Texas’ gun debate.

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