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.
Texas CCW Quick Facts
LICENSE ISSUED TO
Texas Handgun License LTC
- Texas LTC License Requirements
- Applying for a Texas LTC License
- Texas LTC License Renewals
- Texas LTC License Fee's
- 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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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.
Ohio - Permits must have been issued or renewed after 3/23/15 to be honored in Texas.
Texas Concealed Handgun Forms
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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 concealed handgun 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
- All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits
Texas Handgun Laws To Know
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.
Sec. 411.205 Requirement to Display License
Texas gun laws give “No Weapons” signs the force of law. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.
YES – Without a permitAny 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.
YES/NO – with or Without a permitOpen 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.
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.
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
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
Texas Gun Statutes
(art. I § 23)
Gun Laws Relating To Concealed Carry
Other CCW Statutes
Texas CCW FAQ's
Texas CCW Contact
Texas Department of Public Safety
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Address 5805 North Lamar Blvd.
CityAustin, TX 78752-4431
Phone (512) 424-7293