Texas Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Texas

Texas is a very gun-friendly state and operates on a “Shall Issue” basis for concealed carry permits. Texas does not regulate possession of firearms. Regardless of age, as long as you are not a felon, you can possess a gun. You do however need to be 21 to purchase a firearm in Texas. Open carry is legal in Texas if you carry using a holster. Permits are issued to both residents and non-residents, but you have to take a 4-6 hour firearms training course first. Felons, after a five-year period following their release from prison or probation, can obtain a firearm in the county where they live. Anyone who owes the state money or is overdue with court-ordered debts cannot renew their gun permit. Some of Texas’ state universities allow guns on campus. According to Texas law TPC section 30.06, if anyone posts signs disallowing anyone on their property with firearms, you must comply. There are specific rules regarding the signage. There are currently 1,200,746 permits in Texas.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 1,200,746 Number of Active CCW Permits
  • 36 # of states that honor Texas license
  • 44 # of state licenses that Texas honors
  • 6 % of state’s population with a permit
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 40 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

Texas’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Texas CCW Reciprocity Map

Thirty-six states honor a Texas gun permit for residents and they are 

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, and Wyoming.

These states honor a Texas permit for non-residents 

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, and Wyoming.

Texas is very generous with reciprocity and honors the following forty-four state permits 

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, and Wyoming.

These fourteen states will not allow a Texas gun permit 

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

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Texas Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

Texas is a “Shall Issue” state and provides gun permits to anyone who qualifies. Felons cannot get gun permits in Texas. Since any person can possess a firearm in Texas, you can have one in your car, but if you do not have LTC, it must be in the glove box or trunk. If you do have an LTC, you can have it in a holster or concealed any way you like. Do you have to respect all “no weapons” signs especially on private property but you do not have to notify officers if you are carrying. Open carry is completely legal if you have a permit to carry. You can also freely carry in restaurants and state parks, along with national forests and roadside rest areas. You cannot, however, carry in bars, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, amusement parks, churches, government buildings, and other state-restricted areas.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To qualify for a license to carry in Texas, you must be 21 years old, 18 if you are in the military. You must have lived in Texas for at least six months. You cannot be a felon or have any Class A or Class B misdemeanors. You must prove you can handle a firearm through the required course. You cannot have any drug or alcohol addictions. You cannot be delinquent in state-mandated payments (such as child support) or have any protective orders against you. You cannot be mentally ill or have been hospitalized for mental issues.

Texas Gun Background Check

Texas is not a “point of contact” state, and the government does not require a background check to purchase a handgun. However, all licensed dealers must comply with federal regulations and contact the FBI to run a full background check through NCIS before selling to a buyer. Texans with an LTC are exempt from a background check when purchasing.

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  • Long Guns
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TX CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • 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

Gun CCW Permit Application

  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).
  4. The classroom training can be done online.
  5. Once training is completed you must submit a Certificate of Training to the Dept. of Public Safety to complete the application.
  6. 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 78773-0001 Phone: (512) 424-7293
  7. 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.

CCW Renewal

  • 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.

TX Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Individual | Concealed handgun license$40.00$40.00$100 - $125
Active Judicial or Probation Officer | Concealed handgun license$25.00$25.00$100 - $125
Retired Judicial Officer | Concealed handgun license$25.00$25.00$100 - $125
Active Military/Peace Officer/Correctional Officer/County Jailer | Concealed handgun license$0.00$0.00$100 - $125
Retired Peace Officer/Federal Officer | Concealed handgun license$25.00$25.00$100 - $125
Senior Citizen | Concealed handgun license$40.00$35.00$100 - $125
Veteran (Honorably Discharged) | Concealed handgun license$25.00$25.00$100 - $125

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Texas

State parksOn 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
State and national forestsHigh school, collegiate, professional sporting or interscholastic event
Road side rest areasCorrectional facility
VehicleHospital or nursing home
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenPermanent amusement park
Church, synagogue, or other place of worship
Any meeting of a governmental entity
If the person is intoxicated
Un-holstered and in plain view
Members of criminal street gangs are prohibited from carrying 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 CCW Contact

Texas Bureau of Firearms


Monday – Friday:7:00 am - 7:00 pm


Address:Department of Public Safety
Regulatory Services Division
Bld. I, 5806 Guadalupe St,
City:Austin, TX 78752
Phone:(512) 424-7293

CCW Licensing Offices in Texas

Texas Department of Public Safety

Office Address
Physical Address: 5805 North Lamar Blvd. CityAustin, TX 78752 Mailing Address: Mail Including Payment: Texas Department of Public Safety PO Box 15888 Austin, TX 78761-5888 Mail without payment to: Texas Department of Public Safety Handgun Licensing Program, MSC 0245 PO Box 4087 Austin, TX 78773-0245

(512) 424-7293

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