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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
|Permit type||Fees when getting a new permit||Renewal||Current license amendment||Fingerprint scan fee||Fee for firearm classes||Additional 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|
|State parks||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|
|State and national forests||High school, collegiate, professional sporting or interscholastic event|
|Road side rest areas||Correctional facility|
|Vehicle||Hospital or nursing home|
|All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden||Permanent 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|
|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|
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