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The great state of Texas is a “Shall Issue” state where an applicant must be 18 to obtain a firearm, but you must be 18 to purchase a handgun. Texas doesn’t regulate the possession of firearms, no matter your age. You can possess a firearm as long you’re not a felon.
Both non-residents and residents are able to obtain a coneal carry permit with just 4-6 hours of training, provided through a certified course. Open carry is legal if the handgun is in a belt or shoulder holster.
|Open Carry Permitted?||No|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||Yes|
|Must Notify Officer?||No|
Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another reciprocal U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in Texas. During their time in Texas, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.
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
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
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
“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
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.
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