Texas Gun Laws change from time to time. Sometimes gun laws in Texas change for the better, other times they get stricter, which, from my point of view is not good. As we hear of the laws changing we’ll update this website. This website is by no means designed to replace a lawyer or law enforcement officer. We make no claims as to the accuracy of the information presented here, but are just honest citizens trying to help keep people informed. Here are the most basic Texas Gun Laws, that we feel every proud gun owning Texan should know.
The License to Carry (LTC) is given to those who are eligible by law to carry a concealed handgun. Texas is a SHALL ISSUE state. Meaning that you do not have to prove why you need a handgun for self-defense, nor do you have to jump through any unnecessary hoops like some other less fortunate states require their citizens to do. Each citizen who wishes to carry a gun must renew their License to Carry every four years in order to remain legal.
Open Carry in Texas:
In Texas you are allowed to carry an open handgun on your person so long as you have a LTC. All state and federal laws apply when carrying a handgun in any manner. Meaning, federal property is off limits with a gun.
Duty to Inform:
If you are stopped or otherwise approached by an officer of the law you are required to notify that officer that you are carrying a gun on your person. Do not yell “I got a gun!” But, say something along the lines of, sir/ma’am, I am licensed to carry a concealed handgun and I do have my gun on my right hip.
Restaurants and Alcohol:
It is unlawful to carry a gun on the grounds of a restaurant or bar that makes more than 51% of its revenue off its sales off liquor. You can tell this because if they fit that description they’ll have a 51% sign on the front door that you can’t miss.
Concealed guns are allowed on college campuses, however some colleges may have restrictions so it’s always a good idea to check before you visit. K-12 schools allow you to have a gun locked in your vehicle, but it cannot enter the school building.
Each qualified person must complete a training course that proves handgun proficiency that is taught by a state certified instructor.
Again, our Texas Gun Laws Page will be updated from time to time as things change, or we think of something else that is important and should be included.