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Texas Gun Laws: What You Need to Know

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As a responsibly armed American, you already know how challenging it can be to stay up to date on Texas gun laws.

Texas gun owners, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked Texas firearms questions. Read on for answers to some of the top questions regarding Texas gun laws. (Not from Texas? Don’t worry, your state is coming soon…)

Is It Legal to Open Carry a Firearm in Texas Without a Permit?

No. Open carry is only legal with a Texas License to Carry (LTC) or a concealed carry license/permit from a state with reciprocity, provided the handgun is in a shoulder or belt holster.

Does Texas Have Constitutional Carry?

No. You may only carry concealed with a Texas  License to Carry (LTC) or a concealed carry license/permit that Texas honors.

Is Online Concealed Carry Training Legal in Texas?

Yes. A handgun proficiency course must include 4-6 hours of classroom or online instruction. The proficiency examination must also include a written (or online portal) test as well as the physical demonstration of proficiency in the use of one or more handguns and in handgun safety procedures.

Is Texas a Stand Your Ground State?

Yes. Per Texas Penal Code § 9.31, a person who has a right to be present at the location where the force is used, who has not provoked the person against whom the force is used and who is not engaged in criminal activity at the time the force is used is not required to retreat before using force.

How Much Is the Concealed Handgun License in Texas?

The cost of the initial Texas LTC and renewal is $40, plus the cost of fingerprinting and training. Initial licenses and renewals for honorably discharged military vets is $25.

Can I Have a Gun in My Car in a School Parking Lot in Texas?

Yes, in most cases. Although concealed carry is not allowed on the premises of a school or educational institution, school transportation or where a high school, collegiate or professional sporting or interscholastic event is taking place, handguns can be kept in the private vehicles of concealed carry license holders in parking lots, provided that any firearms and ammunition are not in plain view. There are several statutes that cover the parking areas of schools, including Tex. Gov. Code § 411.2032 and Texas Education Code § 37.0815. Note that there are gray areas, such as when a school activity is taking place in a parking lot (e.g., band practice).

Per Attorney General Opinion KP-0050, Subsection 46.03(a)(l) of the Penal Code prohibits handguns from places on which a school-sponsored activity is occurring, which can include grounds otherwise excluded from the definition of “premises,” such as public or private driveways, streets, sidewalks or walkways, parking lots, parking garages or other parking areas.

Are Teachers in Texas Allowed to Carry Guns?

The Protection of Texas Children Act of 2013 allows school districts to arm school employees and created an additional category of a certified peace officer, known as a “school marshal,” who can conceal carry a handgun. Under what’s known as the Guardian Plan, Texas school administrators are allowed to carry handguns on their persons or keep them locked in a safe. Schools receive stipends under the plan to cover ammunition for practice and annual tactical training. The plan is just one of three ways Texas public schools can arm staff. Others include forming police forces and establishing school marshals. Districts may also contract with security firms and law enforcement to patrol campuses.

Ready to Learn More About Texas Concealed Carry Gun Laws?

It is your responsibility as a gun owner to know and understand the laws regarding your concealed carry rights. The USCCA’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity & Gun Laws Map has been designed to help inform and educate armed citizens like you. To learn more about Texas’ concealed carry permit application process, concealed carry restrictions and training requirements, visit the Texas gun laws page now…

Additionally, continued firearms training is crucial to protecting your family. Find a gun range in Texas through our “Find a Shooting Range” resource — made possible by our partnership with the NSSF and WhereToShoot.org.


The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. Members and the concealed carry community and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case, and laws are constantly changing. As such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.

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