The reasoning is that CHL holders have already been through training and a background check that is nearly as deep as the one run on police officers; and statistically, a CHL holder is way less likely to cause a problem. In fact, they represent more guns on the side of the good guys. From GunFacts:
Myth: People with concealed weapons permits will commit crimes
Fact: The results for the first 30 states that passed “shall-issue” laws for concealed carry permits are similar.
Fact: The general public is: 5.7 times more likely to be arrested for violent offenses than CCW permit holders and 13.5 times more likely to be arrested for non-violent offenses than the than CCW permit holders.
The police know this, and so far, every time I’ve had an encounter with a police officer, they were pleased when they found out I was licensed.
This change at the Texas State Capitol really thrills me because it is an exercise in common sense which is sadly lacking elsewhere.
There are a couple of shopping malls in Texas that I occasionally find myself visiting that have posted the legal sign that forbids even CHL holders to carry within. I avoid these places because they are shooting galleries for crooks who will not let the sign stop them from going armed.
No “gun free zone” that is simply created with a sign is a safe place. Because that sign, while it may keep out CHL holders like myself, will NOT keep the bad guys out. It is as simple as that. Virginia Tech was such a gun free zone. The time a spree shooter has to do his evil is always the time it takes for another gun to arrive on scene. If the gun is already there in the pocket of a CHL holder, lives get saved. Although, strangely, those stories don’t usually make it into the news…