Man accused of issuing concealed handgun licenses without proper training

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 23 at 11:40 PM

HOUSTON -- A Shenandoah man is accused of handing out dozens of concealed handgun licenses to people who may not have been trained to carry a weapon. On his roster of 103 students, Ron Wong reportedly admitted he had only taken maybe 20 to the gun range.

Ron Wong now faces a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record.

According to DPS documents, he claimed “he could not afford to pay the gun range fees because he needed all the money to provide for his family.”

He also reportedly told investigators that “he only made exceptions with people that he knew were well versed in handling handguns.”

The investigation has dragged an unsuspecting gun range into the mix.

On one student certificate, Wong claimed he trained a student at Hot Wells gun range in Cypress. However, the general manager at Hot Wells says that is a lie.

He says he’s never heard of a Ron Wong.

“It looks like he just went on the Internet, found our information, found our address and put us down on the state’s information,” said Josh Vacek, general manager at Hot Wells. “It’s kind of sad to think this guy joe blow is taking advantage of the system, and it’s unfortunate for all the students who he’s taken.”

Josh Vacek said his instructors follow strict guidelines mandated by the state. That includes a 10-hour course and lots of training.

He believes the potential of dozens walking around without that training is a liability.

“If someone’s carrying a gun, and they’re not qualified to carry it, they haven’t taken the proper measures to meet the state’s requirements, we have no idea who’s carrying a gun,” added Vacek.

Wong’s wife did not want to comment at their listed address in Shenandoah.

Records indicate Wong is out on bail. He faces 2 to 10 years behind bars.

On Monday, DPS could not tell KHOU what, if anything, will happen to the people who were given licenses without proper training.

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