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Texas Concealed Carry Laws

Texas Gun Laws

  Open Carry: Legal with License to Carry.
  Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Required by law to notify the officer upon official contact or when ID requested
  State Parks: Concealed Carry is legal in accordance with state laws that regulate the right to carry
  Restaurants Serving Alcohol: You may not carry into a premise that has a liquor license and derives 51 percent or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
  Firearms at Colleges: Concealed guns allowed by law, but schools limit locations/who carries
  Firearms at K-12 Schools: Permittees allowed to have handgun in vehicle.
  Magazine Capacity Limitations: No restrictions
  Suppressor Ownership: No restrictions
  Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit: Loaded handguns allowed if concealed
  Firearm Law Uniformity: Firearm laws are uniform throughout state.
  Permit Training Requirements: You must take a training course proving competency with a handgun that is taught by a state certified instructor.
  Permit Issuing Authority: Texas Department of Public Safety
  May/Shall Issue: Shall issue
  State Contact Info: Texas Dept. of Public Safety
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773
  Length of Permit Validity: You must renew your permit every 4 years.
  Permit Application Process: Submit an application online to the Texas Department of Public Safety. More detailed info here: link
  Non-Resident Permits: Non-Residents may apply for a permit.
  Places Off Limits: 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 (unless licensee has written authorization). In an amusement park. At any meeting of a governmental entity. link and link also specifically prohibit handguns or weapons under other circumstances and from other locations other than those listed above. For example: It is against Texas law to carry a concealed handgun if the person has the handgun in plain view; or if the person is engaged in a criminal activity (other than a Class C traffic offense); or if prohibited from possessing a firearm, or is a member of a criminal street gang. Some other areas where weapons are prohibited include the premises of polling places on the day of an election or during early voting, the premises of any government court, the premises of a racetrack, in a secured area of an airport or within 1,000 feet of premises designated as a place of execution on the day a sentence of death is set to be imposed.
  Constitutional Carry: No
  Resident Permit Reciprocity:
  Duty to Retreat: No Duty to Retreat
  Hotels: No legal restriction - Reference article on page 67
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