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Texas Gun Laws

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  • Yes, with restrictions
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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.

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Texas Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? No
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? Yes
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? No
No Weapon Sign Enforced? Yes
Must Notify Officer? No

Texas CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • 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

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington

Honors These States CCW Permits

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • 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
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

How Reciprocity Works In Texas

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.

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Reciprocity Agreements In Texas

Texas: Where Is CCW Allowed?

Places Allowed

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

Places Not Allowed

  • 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.

Texas: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry

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

Carry In Vehicle

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

Carry In State Parks

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

Carry In Restaurants

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

No Weapon 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.

Must Notify Officer

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

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