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Gun permits in Houston area connect to wealth and politics

Posted on October 5th, 2010 No Comments

According to research done by the Department of Public Safety and the Austin non-profit news organization The Texas Tribune, residents in low income neighborhoods are less likely to have a gun permit or own a gun.  The DPS does not specify a permit holder’s identification but publishes statistics on permits issued in Texas zip codes.

Using DPS data, Tribune found that the number of gun permits in an area correlates to the average income level in that area and how its residents vote.  For example, in Sugar Land last year, 12 out of every 1,000 residents were licensed to carry a concealed weapon.  Residents of Sugar Land were more likely to vote Republican and the median household income is $92,000.  In a downtown zip code of Houston, three of every 1,000 residents were licensed to carry  a weapon.  The zip code’s median household income was $25,000 and voters were more likely to vote Democrat.

If you or someone you know has been charged with violating a weapons law, contact the Houston weapons charge attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-222-0400 to learn more about your rights.