Texas Gun Laws

Texas is classed as a "shall Issue" state with the law regulating ownership of firearms to any person at least 18 years old. Texas gun laws do not regulate the possession of firearms so any person, no matter what age, can possess a firearm as long as they are not a felon. To purchase a handgun a person must be at least 21 years old if buying from a federally licensed dealer. Licences to carry are issued to both residents and non-residents with a 4-6 hour training course required. Open carry is legal provided the handgun is in a shoulder or belt holster.

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Texas CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced SEE DETAILS
Open Carry Permitted SEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO
Shall Issue
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Texas Handgun License LTC


  • Is a legal resident of this state for the six-month period preceding the date of application under this subchapter or is otherwise eligible for a license under Section 411.173(a);
  • Is at least 21 years of age; or at least 18 if you are a member or veteran of the US Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard or was discharged under honorable conditions.
  • Has not been convicted of a felony;
  • Is not charged with the commission of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense, or of an offense under Section 42.01, Penal Code, or equivalent offense, or of a felony under an information or indictment;
  • Is not a fugitive from justice for a felony or a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense;
  • Is not a chemically dependent person;
  • Is not incapable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun;
  • Has not, in the five years preceding the date of application, been convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense or of an offense under Section 42.01, Penal Code, or equivalent offense;
  • is fully qualified under applicable federal and state law to purchase a handgun;
  • Has not been finally determined to be delinquent in making a child support payment administered or collected by the attorney general;
  • Has not been finally determined to be delinquent in the payment of a tax or other money collected by the comptroller, the tax collector of a political subdivision of the state, or any agency or subdivision of the state;
  • Is not currently restricted under a court protective order or subject to a restraining order affecting the spousal relationship, other than a restraining order solely affecting property interests;
  • Has not, in the 10 years preceding the date of application, been adjudicated as having engaged in delinquent conduct violating a penal law of the grade of felony; and
  • Has not made any material misrepresentation, or failed to disclose any material fact, in an application submitted pursuant to Section 411.174.
  • Federal Law Requirements

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Texas State Reciprocity List

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington.

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How Reciprocity Works In Texas

All non-resident permits from states that Texas honors will be accepted in Texas as long as the holder of the permit is at least 21 years old.

Texas has signed reciprocity agreements with 31 other states which can be viewed at the Texas Department of Public Safety's website.

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Rhode Island - Only permits issued by the Rhode Island Attorney General will be honored by Texas
Ohio - Permits must have been issued or renewed after 3/23/15 to be honored in Texas.

Pointers: Texas Handgun Laws

Texas: Places Off-Limits for CCW

Places Off Limits in Texas

  • On the premises of a business that derives 51% or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption
  • On the premises where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting or interscholastic event is taking place
  • On the premises of a correctional facility
  • On the premises of a hospital or nursing home
  • In a permanent amusement park
  • On the premises of a church, synagogue, or other place of worship
  • At any meeting of a governmental entity
  • It is an offense to carry a handgun if the person is intoxicated
  • It is an offense to carry a handgun un-holstered and in plain view
  • Members of criminal street gangs are prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun
  • It is an offense to carry a concealed handgun if a person is involved in criminal activity
  • Polling places on day of election
  • Premises of a Racetrack
  • Secured area of airport
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in Texas

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Texas Handgun Laws To Know

YES - Without a permit
Any person who can legally possess a handgun can carry it within a vehicle. However, if you do not have a LTC license then the firearm must be concealed in the glove box, console or other area but not on your person. If you do have a LTC license then you can open carry if the firearm is in a shoulder or belt holster. And you can conceal carry in any mode you desire. The Law 46.02
NO - Must Inform Officer

There seems to be a bit of confusion here with some websites claiming you need to inform a law enforcement officer you have a weapon. The fact is the law does not mention this and you are not legally required to inform law enforcement you have a weapon. However, the law does require you to hand over your firearm licence and ID if requested to do so by law enforcement. Please watch the video on traffic stops for more clarification.

The Law
Sec. 411.205 Requirement to Display License


Texas gun laws give "No Weapons" signs the force of law if they meet certain criteria. There are currently three signs that are legally enforced in Texas to prohibit carrying of weapons, an image of each of the signs is displayed below. Note that any other no weapons signs such as the traditional circle with a line through it are not enforceable or legally binding, the sign must be exactly as those pictured below to be legally enforceable.

Any establishment that derives more than 50% of their income from alcoholic beverages is required to post the 51% sign. Even with a CCW license you are not permitted to carry in these establishments.

Sign 30.06 bans concealed carry

Sign 30.07 bans the open carry of handguns

51% Sign bans carry in liquor establishments

YES/NO - with or Without a permit
Open is permitted if you have a license to carry. The firearm must also be in a shoulder holster or a belt holster. These are the only ways Texas law allows open carry. The police also have authority to ask for your license to carry when you open carry.

The Law
In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

"Yes" or "No" states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with "NO GUN" signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a "Yes" then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

The Law

It is legal to carry in the following areas;

State Parks:    YES  
State/National Forests:    YES
State Game Management Units:    YES
Road Side Rest Areas:   YES

History Of Texas Gun Laws

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Learn The Gun History of Texas

Up until 1995 Texas was a "No Issue" state and then in that same year, 1995, the laws were changed to "Shall Issue". There has been a push towards Constitutional carry recently but nothing has been signed into law yet. Texas is following the national trend and gradually bringing in more liberal gun laws.

The current license to carry was previously called a CHL or concealed handgun license. The name was changed on Jan 1, 2016 to LTC when new laws were enacted that legalized open carry in Texas provided the handgun was in a shoulder or belt holster.

Texas Gun Sales & Preemption

Private Gun Sales

There are no background checks required if a firearm is sold privately or gifted to someone. The purchaser must be 18 or older and have no felony convictions. If you where to purchase from a federally licensed dealer then a background check would be required and the purchaser would need to be at least 21 years old.


There is full preemption in Texas with the state controlling all firearms laws regarding gun ownership, licensing, storage, ammunition and accessories. Local authorities are allowed to make ordinances regarding the discharge of firearms only.

Texas Gun Statutes

"Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime".
(art. I § 23)
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Gun Laws Relating To Concealed Carry

Off-Limits Statutes

Other CCW Statutes

Texas CCW FAQ's

Concealed carry handgun licenses are issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Texas CCW Contact

Texas Department of Public Safety


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 5805 North Lamar Blvd.

CityAustin, TX 78752-4431

Phone (512) 424-7293

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The information contained on this page is not legal advice but is merely a starting point for your own research. It is up to you to decide what the best course of action is for your circumstances. We are not lawyers, if you'd like individualized legal advice, we'd be happy to refer you to some law practices with known firearm specializations. It is crucial that you understand the law before you carry a firearm. Also, remember that just because a statute may clearly say one thing or another, that doesn't mean all members of law enforcement know it. That also goes for lawyers and even judges too.

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Alisha ainsworth
Alisha ainsworth

I have a alabama permit to carry my pistol. We are coming to visit my family that lives in texas very soon will the state of texas allow me to carry my pistol on my side in the holster without getting into trouble. Please let me know as soon as possible because i dont want to break any laws.


Yes, look above and the State of Texas does honor the State of Alabama so you are good.


To carry concealed in my vehicle, do I have to have a Texas License to Carry or is my Louisiana license good?


Your LA license is fine.

Glen Kenney
Glen Kenney

Maine and Vermont are “permitless carry” states, but I see that they are listed as not honoring the Texas CCL. Does that mean that I would not be allowed to carry my pistol in Maine or Vermont, even though they have “permitless carry”.


John Doe
John Doe

That’s a dumb question, since you can read and click on those States with your mouse button you clearly don’t need to own a gun


Conceal carry in Teaxas requries a LTC?

John Doe
John Doe

If you are asking then you most likely can’t read and shouldn’t own a gun

Aaron Davis
Aaron Davis

John, just because someone is ignorant of the current law doesn’t mean they shouldn’t own a gun. Everyone should own a gun for the simple reason of self defense barring mental illness or other disqualifying reason presented by the state.

Sam, yes you have to have an LTC to conceal carryon open carry on your person outside of your vehicle or your personal property.

Really dude
Really dude

John doe is the smartest man on the planet don’t ya see!?that’s why he answers like that.lol




I’m confused, above under the heading “Places Off Limits in Texas,” the website states “It is an offense to carry a concealed handgun in plain view.” I find the terms “concealed” and “in plain view” mutually exclusive. Under what circumstances could a handgun be concealed and in plain view? What am I missing here?


Carrying in a non-state hospital, church, and amusement park IS permitted if they are not posted with the 30.06 or 30.07 signs.

Really dude
Really dude

Texas has the sorriest reasons to not let a person get a gun permit.and it has nothing to do with guns just about collecting money.I don’t see how any one thinks this is right and constitutional and legal.


I have a question that seems to have no answer. Pre 1898. Not considered firearms by the federal or state view. Would this require someone to have a license to carry a 1873 colt peacemaker (cap and ball variety)? Meets all criteria for consideration of not a firearm, pre 1898, black powder only, and percussion. I know this question may lead to all types of divergence from the stated question, and personally I don’t look forward to the quarreling, I’m just trying to get a straight forward answer with supporting legal documentation. I have already submitted a request for the… Read more »


I have a ccp and am going to Colorado on vacation
Can I carry my pistol with my texas ccp


The top of this page says signs are not enforced. The detail section at the bottom says yes, they are enforced. If it is the official 30.06 (concealed) or 30.07 (open), it does carry the force of law. If it is a gunbuster (circle with a line through it) or any other unofficial sign it does not carry the weight of law. Can we get this updated? I would recommend the top say Yes/No (see detail) and provide the detail at the bottom. Thanks!