Texas Gun Laws

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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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Mark Woodward

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 is classed as a "shall Issue" state with the law regulating ownership of firearms to any person at least 18 years old. However, 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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Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
State Park Carry YES
Gun Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry SEE DETAILS
Restaurant Carry YES
Constitutional Carry NO
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Texas reciprocity guide for LTC licenses

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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Resident Licences
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

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

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New York City, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

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

District
Washington D.C.

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.

411.174 - Non-resident licence


Overview of the Texas LTC license

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Texas state flag
  • Issue policy - Shall Issue
  • Issued to - Residents & Non-Residents
  • License Fee - $40
  • License Valid - 5 years

Pistol license Overview

The Texas License To Carry (LTC) is issue to qualified applicants who are at least 21 years old or 18 if in the military. The license is also required if a person wants to carry a handgun openly. Previously the handgun permit was called a Concealed Handgun License CHL however this was changed to License To Carry (LTC) in January 2016.

Applications for a license are handled by the Department of Public Safety who require first time applications to be made online. There is a fee of $40 with the license being valid for 5 years.

Non-Resident Licenses

Non-residents can apply online for a Texas LTC or mail in the forms. The application will need to contain the following;

  1. A color copy of your state drivers license or ID card. There must be a copy of the front and back.
  2. A handgun proficiency certificate that is not more than two years old.

Texas Non-Resident License is valid in:
AK, AL, AR, AZ, DE, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NV, NM, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY

Handgun Training

All applicants are required to complete a 4-6 hour instruction course set by the state and taught by a licensed instructor. The cost of the courses varies but on average are around $100-$125. Course topics usually include state gun laws, handgun safety, liability and conflict resolution. There is a written and practical part to the course with the practical qualification requiring 50 rounds of ammunition to be fired. Once the course has been passed the instructor will supply a Certificate of Training (CHL-100) which the student must submit to the DPS.


Requirements to qualify for a Texas LTC license

  • 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

texas LTC license to carry


How to apply for a Texas LTC license

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Download the application form or submit an online application.
  2. Schedule an appointment for fingerprinting. All fingerprints must be submitted through L-1 Enrollment Services
  3. Applicants must also complete 4 - 6 hours of classroom training and pass a written exam and then pass a proficiency demonstration (shooting). The classroom training can be done online.
  4. Once training is completed you must submit a Certificate of Training to the Dept. of Public Safety to complete the application.

If you are making the application by mail send your application to;
Texas Department of Public Safety
Concealed Handgun - MSC 0245
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX

NON-RESIDENTS
Out of state residents must supply a color copy, front and back, of your state drivers license or ID card. A proficiency certificate not greater than two years old from a course approved by the DPS. Non-Residents can make applications online or via mail. Application for a Handgun License


How to renew your Texas LTC license

  • Handgun license renewals can be submitted 6 months prior to the expiration date of the license.
  • Renewals can be made up to 12 months after the expiration date of license.
  • Renewal applications made after 12 months from the expiry date will be treated as a new application.
  • From the 1 September, 2013 renewal applicants no longer have to attend a training class.
  • Renewals can be made online
  • You will usually be notified about 6 months before your license expires to renew it.

Schedule of fee's for a Texas LTC license

Application ConditionsOriginalRenewal
Individual$40$40
Active Judicial or Probation Officer$25$25
Retired Judicial Officer$25$25
Active Military/Peace Officer/Correctional Officer/County Jailer$0$0
Retired Peace Officer/Federal Officer$25$25
Senior Citizen$40$35
Veteran (Honorably Discharged)$25$25
State Fee Schedule

Essential forms for a Texas LTC license


Off-limit places in Texas for carrying a firearm

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Places listed as off limits apply even if you have a Texas license to carry.

Off-limits

  • 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.

* The sections marked with an asterisk (*) do not apply if the person was not given effective notice under Section 30.06 or 30.07. (And must be posted with approved signage)

Allowed

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

Texas gun laws & statutes

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Texas state capitol building
All the most important Texas gun laws you should be aware of are listed below. Make yourself familiar with these laws before carry a firearm.

Summary table

SubjectHandgunsLong GunsNotes
Carry permit requiredYesNoPolicy is Shall Issue.
Purchase permit requiredNoNo
Registration of firearmNoNo
Open carry allowedYesYes
Background checks on private gun sales requiredNoNo
Magazine size restrictionNoNo

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Texas gun laws you need to know

Vehicle carry

(With no pistol license)

YES
Any person who can legally possess a handgun can carry it within a vehicle.

However, if you do not have a Texas license to carry or a firearms license from another state that Texas honors 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 in a vehicle if the firearm is in a shoulder or belt holster. And you can conceal carry in any mode you desire.

Penal code 46.02

Open carry

(With no pistol license)

NO

In order to open carry a handgun in Texas you will need a LTC license.

If you do have a LTC or other state license Texas honors then you can only open carry if the firearm is in a shoulder or belt holster. These are the only ways Texas law allows a person to open carry. The police also have authority to ask for your license to carry when you open carry.

Penal code 46.035

Must inform officer

(On contact by law)

NO

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

State park carry

YES

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

No gun signs enforced

YES

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 LTC 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

Restaurant carry

YES

"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.


Penal code 46.03

Constitutional carry

NO

Texas does not have constitutional carry.

"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)

Off-limit statutes


Other CCW statutes


Miscellaneous laws


History of Texas gun laws

1871

First Texas law against concealed and open carry enacted.
 

1995

The first concealed carry law is signed by Governor George W. Bush
 

1997

Law modified to clarify carrying on premises where alcohol was served. Also established 30.06 signs as the only sign that could be used by property owners to ban carry. And removed nursing homes, hospitals, amusement parks and places of worship and government meeting where carry is automatically banned.
 

2001

Restriction added that prohibits the carrying of a firearm within 1000ft of a place of execution on the day a execution is scheduled to take place.
 

2003

The rules on licensee's from other states and reciprocity are relaxed.
 

2005

Licences can now be renewed every 5 years instead of 4. Military personnel can now obtain a license at 18 years old and license fee's are reduced for military and seniors.
 

2007

The license fee for veterans is reduced by 50% and a private auto is classified as "premises under control". The retreat requirement from the Castle Doctrine bill is removed seizing of firearms during any disaster is prohibited.
 

2009

Suspension penalty for failing to display your license to law enforcement is removed.
 

2011

Carry of handguns in boats is legalized and employers can no longer prohibit their employees from storing a handgun in their car on company parking lots.
 

2013

Training classes are reduced to 4-6 hours and campus carry on colleges is blocked.
 

Texas licensing offices

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Quickly locate the office where you can apply for a License To Carry (LTC).

Texas Department of Public Safety

Contact


Address 5805 North Lamar Blvd.

CityAustin, TX 78752-4431

Phone (512) 424-7293

Hours


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Frequently asked questions on Texas gun laws


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Disclaimer

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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Robert

I recently purchased my first hand gun and am in the process of getting my LTC. My question is what are the laws in Texas about someone else being in possession of my hand gun? Scenario being- My handgun is in the glove box of my truck and my wife driving my truck gets pulled over for a traffic violation. Will she get into trouble for being in possession of my firearm?

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Rod

As I’ve last known, she wouldnt be in trouble. As long as : 1 shes not a felon. 2 she stays within the vehicle in the event she has to use said gun. This is an extension of the castle doctrine. Now keep in mind, if she in any type of way isnt qualified to be around a firearm and has to use it even in the confines of the vehicle, or she exits the vehicle stepping one foot onto public property with that weapon, no matter if shes protecting herself or not, she will more than likely be in… Read more »

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STEVEN WHEELER

My step son is in active duty in the Marines age 19 I bought an ar 15 shoulder hand gun . What is the law for him to receive the hand gun ?

Jerry owens
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Jerry owens

Can an expired hand gun license be renewed with out taking a course again

Madrid
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Madrid

I have a differed adjudication 22 years ago, for Attempt To commit murder. I was a police cadet at the time. Since then I have taken and passed a Texas TCLEOSE test (expired), my training is basic, intermediate and advance police academy training. I am a registered voter and can and have bought guns and rifles. I have been a law bidding citizen ever since. Can I get a LTC?

Scott
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Scott

Im from Iowa and headed to Texas in early March. Can I legally carry my pistol in Texas? The laws a re bit unclear.

John Dickens
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John Dickens

Hi! I have a Remington 870 Tac-14. Can I legally add a pistol grip and shoulder stock? I’m thinking I cannot based on the laws regarding the design of the weapon. Thank you in advance. My email is hrdcore678@gmail.com if it would be easier to leave a reply

Dave
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Dave

No shoulder stock…one of the facts expressed in the ATF letter addressing that type weapon is that it has never had a shoulder stock. If you add one, you have made it an AOW. If the pistol grip you put on it instead of the factory grip reduces the length below that of the federal requirement…again, it becomes an AOW.

Maximilian Leyendecker
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Maximilian Leyendecker

I had a felony over 5 yrs ago but was a deferred sentence so will I be a convicted felon? Will i be able to purchase a weapon since it was deferred sentence which I finished my felony. I was told I could cause my convition would be dropped after completing a deferred adjudication?

Dave
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Dave

This link https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/resources/federal-ccw-law/federally-prohibited-persons/ does a good job of explaining your question. Texas’ law is more forgiving than federal laws…but dealers FFL’s are controlled by the federal law, not the state law…and you are subject to both. You might need to contact a gun rights attorney to examine the specifics of your case to be certain you’re legal to buy one…lest you incur another felony. Hope all works out well for you!

louis F russo
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louis F russo

I live out of state, CA, and have to do a shooting test for CA. Will TX accept that shooting test?

Darius
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Darius

No, you would have to shoot the Texas handgun qualification course of fire with a certified Texas instructor.

Robert
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Robert

I have a WI conceal carry license, I visit family in Texas from time to time. I know WI honors TX conceal carry. So why doesn’t TX honor WI conceal carry?

Darius
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Darius

It’s really based off of the agreements between the governors.

Paul Hartwell
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Paul Hartwell

I’ve done the background check and purchased my pistol, I applied for TLC and got fingerprinted. Seems like I’ve been waiting forever, the application status page only says wait longer 60-180 days I assume I cannot take the safety test online or classroom before I get that certificate f application?

Darius
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Darius

Did you upload your LTC 100 ?

Robert
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Robert

How about carry in a national park?

Dave
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Dave
Lamar
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Lamar

Can I carry a handgun inside a civic center or music theater

Dave
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Dave

If you have a LTC from Texas, or a recognized reciprocating state, and the civic center or music theater does not have any legally-required signage (30.06 or 30.07) forbidding it, and the event isn’t a sporting event or school-sponsored event…normally. Other forbidding circumstances are listed in PC 46.03 like court offices or polling places…be aware of them, also.

Brenda
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Brenda

My daughter and I will be traveling to Newport Beach, CA, in a couple of weeks. We will be traveling in a UHaul truck with the best route along the border of New Mexico and Arizona. California does not have reciprocal hand gun carry. I really don’t want to travel without my weapon. I know I need to research travel in California from another state with my weapon, but am wondering the best route to research this situation. Any input will be most welcome.

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Joseph bill

Being from California (just moved February 2019 after being there for 30+years) there is no way around carrying in California they don’t allow you to carry with out a permit you can however carry in a vehicle as long as the weapon is unloaded and in a locked box inside of a trunk with the magazine kept separate in a locked compartment If your in a vehicle with out a trunk it must be carried in a manner that the weapon is in a lock box and placed were you CANNOT gain easy access. And California doesn’t issue non-resident CCW… Read more »

matt
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matt

You can carry a handgun in a vehicle provided you are 18 or older, you reside in California and the firearm is unloaded and stored in a locked container other than the utility or glove compartment. When the handgun is being carried to or from the vehicle it must be in a locked container.

Charlie
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Charlie

I’m a Florida resident that is working in Texas for an extended time. Florida is a reciprocal state, however Florida does NOT have open carry. Can I open carry in Texas?

Dave
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Dave

Texas recognizes carry permits from FL. Texas law says we can open carry in Texas if we have a license(permit) and follow Texas laws regarding holsters and so forth. While in Texas, you’re subject to Texas’ laws, and so, yes, you can open carry here on a FL permit. Be aware of Texas’ carry laws, forbidden places, signage, etc, and have a great time here. Texas Ranger Museum in Waco is a MUST-SEE.

Norma Escobedo
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Norma Escobedo

can i pull my gun out if I’m being threaten?

Dave
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Dave

Google Texas Penal Code and read Chapter 9…it tells you when force and deadly force is authorized in Texas. Your specific answer is found in 9.04.

Daniel Sauceda
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Daniel Sauceda

I’m from and live in Texas, I’m 19 and was gifted a pistol from my father, can i carry it legally in my truck, if so what are the regulations?

Dave
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Dave

Google The Motorist Protection Act (HB1815) and it’ll give you the text of the law. The handgun must be concealed to those outside the vehicle, and if you’re not violating any portion of that law, you’re good to go. The law doesn’t restrict your age at all.

Abraham Cruz
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Abraham Cruz

Yes you can carry your pistol as part of “safe travel” in your truck, but it is best to keep it not directly on your person, in the glove box or something similar is good.

Dee
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Dee

How long are the license good for

Dave
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Dave

Newly issued TX LTC is good till first birthday after fourth anniversary of the date of issuance.
Renewed LTC expires on birthday 5 years after date of expiration of original license.

Sterling Leopold
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Sterling Leopold

I believe 5 years

Karen Seale
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Karen Seale

I live in Texas. I have a Virginia Non Residence LTC. I want to switch back to a Texas LTC. What do I have to do? Start completely over?

Dave
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Dave

Yes…just take the class which will bring you up to date on many changes we’ve had lately, and they’ll issue you a TX LTC.

William E Divel
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William E Divel

Can I open carry my handgun in tx if I’m from NC

Stephen White
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Stephen White

Shouldn’t be a problem of you have a CCW..I’m In virginia and definitely do not open carry.

Deuce
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Deuce

You can open carry in TX if you have a LTC in NC & it’s reciprocal in TX.

Deuce
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Deuce

But to me the whole purpose of carrying is to conceal it…that way the bad guys don’t know you’re armed. I have my LTC and never open carry.

Heath
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Heath

To each his own I guess. It all depends on the person carrying whether they want to carry concealed or open. Everyone in my town knows I carry so sometimes I change up how I carry whether it’s open or concealed depending on my mood, weather conditions or what clothes I’m wearing that day. I don’t care how someone’s else carry’s their pistol, it’s their decision and it’s their right to carry however they see fit as long as they’re following the law and not giving CCW License holders/firearms owners a bad name. Other than that I don’t care one… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

I bought a hand gun threw a private sell, I’m also under 21. I feel more comfortable with it in my truck while I’m at work (I work out of town) is it illegal to carry my firearm in my vehicle?

Deuce
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Deuce

Too many unanswered circumstances/questions here. But the bottom line since you’re under 21 it’s not legal for you to have a handgun anywhere in the state of TX. Long gun (rifle or shotgun yes; pistol no).

Dave
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Dave

Deuce’s answer is not correct. A legally owned handgun may be carried in a vehicle in TX as long as it’s concealed, even without a permit. The law doesn’t say we can’t “have” a handgun anywhere in the state of TX if we’re under 21, it (and Federal law) says we can’t buy from a dealer.

Dave
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Dave

Join the diHere’s the law:

The Motorist Protection Act (HB1815) became effective 9/1/07. No mention of age

Heath
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Heath

You can not legally buy a pistol unless you’re 21, but it is perfectly legal to own one and carry in your vehicle.

Dave
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Dave

You legally can buy a pistol at 18 without parental approval, but not from a licensed dealer…it has to be from an individual…or a gift…or a loan. A lot of places on the net, you’ll read that you can’t buy or possess a in Texas until you’re 21, but nobody has posted the law saying that, and every law I can find does NOT say that. My middle son was in the Army and home from Iraq and I gave him a .45 when he was 19, and he had his carry permit . Veterans and active/reserve members can get… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

An 18-year-old in TX may legally buy a handgun from an individual or be given or loaned one. Where 21 comes into play is the age you must be to buy from an FFL dealer.

Dave
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Dave

You can legally buy a handgun in TX from an individual before you’re 21, but not from an FFL dealer.