Texas Gun Laws

Texas Gun Laws

Texas State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                      

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO  YES
Open Carry NO   YES

DPS administers the Handgun Licensing Program under the authority of theTexas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H.

*Effective January 1, 2016, individuals with concealed carry licenses will be permitted to carry openly, per House Bill 910 of the 2015 legislative session. Non-residents from states whose permits are recognized by Texas will also be allowed to open carry under the new law.

State Self-Defense Law Review: Always Consult An Attorney

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places

NO

Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

       Aggravated kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated robbery

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Occupied habitation, vehicle, or place of business or employment

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Yes - (A) To prevent the others eminent commission of arson, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal mischief during the nighttime; or (B) To prevent the other who is fleeing imminently after committing burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, or theft during the nighttime from escaping with the property. It is strongly recommended against chasing fleeing felons!

Immunity from Civil liability

NO

Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

Texas is famous for its statues allowing use of deadly force to defend property under some circumstances; given the indictments or attempted indictments into recent high-profile cases involving deadly force and defensive probably it is highly recommended against use of deadly force to defend property

 

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Texas

 

The Texas Department of Public Safety administers the Texas Concealed Handgun Licensing (CHL) Program under the authority of the Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H. DPS licenses individuals to carry concealed handguns within Texas, evaluates the eligibility of applicants through criminal history background checks and monitors those currently licensed to ensure their continued eligibility. DPS also trains and certifies instructors who teach the required course to applicants. FOR LICENSING INFO, CLICK HERE

A training class is required; An individual can apply on-line with DPS after taking the class, or apply at the time you take your CHL class at any state approved instructional business.

The State requires only that the gun be legally-obtained, and that you carry only the category of handgun with which you qualified in class. If you use a revolver in class, then you may legally carry only a revolver. If you qualify with a semiautomatic pistol, then you may carry either a revolver or a semiautomatic pistol.

For Texas residents, the license will cost $140. Yet for senior citizens or indigent Texans, the cost is only $70. For active/honorably retired peace officers or active/retired judicial officers, the cost is $25. For elected felony prosecuting attorneys the fee is waived.

 TEXAS GUN LAWS Open carry – no license Concealed carry – no license Concealed carry – licensed Open carry – licensed (holstered) Long guns (not in violation of disorderly statute)
GENERALLY No No Yes, if no specific prohibition Yes, if no specific prohibition Yes, if no specific prohibition
Person’s own premises Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
In car or watercraft No Yes Yes Yes, if holstered Yes
Any  private premises open to public No No Yes, unless 30.06 sign Yes, unless 30.07 sign Yes, unless no firearms sign
Educational institution (Not college) No No No, unless written authorization No unless written authorization No, unless written authorization
Grounds where educational activity is being conducted (Not College) No No No, unless written authorization No, unless written authorization No, unless written authorization
Educational institution vehicle No No No, unless written authorization No, unless written authorization No, unless written authorization
High school, collegiate, or professional sporting event (Except shooting events) No No No No Yes, unless no firearms sign
Public college campus No No No, until 8-1-16 (4 year schools) or 8-1-17 (Jr. colleges).   Then yes unless 30.06 sign. No No
Private college campus No No No, until 8-1-16.  Then yes unless prohibited on campus. No No
Polling place-day of election or early voting No No No No No
Building with court or court offices No No No, unless court authorized No, unless court authorized No, unless court authorized
Government meeting No No Yes, unless 30.06 sign Yes, unless 30.07 sign Yes, unless no firearms sign
Government facilities generally No No Yes Yes Yes
Secure areas of police facilities No No Yes, unless notice and compliance with Gov. Code §411.207 Yes, unless notice and compliance with Gov. Code §411.207 Yes, unless no firearms sign
Correctional facility No No No No No
Secured area of airport No No No, but no offense if they leave when asked No No
Racetrack No No No No No
While intoxicated No No No No No
Premises of TABC licensed business with 51% sign. No No No No Yes, unless no firearms sign
Hospital or nursing home No No Yes, unless 30.06 sign Yes, unless 30.07 sign Yes, unless no firearms sign
Place of worship No No Yes, unless 30.06 sign Yes, unless 30.07 sign Yes, unless no firearms sign
Place of employment No No Yes, unless prohibited by employer (yes in own vehicle) or other prohibition Yes, unless prohibited by employer (yes in own vehicle) or other prohibition Yes, unless prohibited by employer (yes in own vehicle) or other prohibition
Any place with “no firearms” posted including public or private facilities No No Yes, unless 30.06 sign and not otherwise prohibited Yes, unless 30.07 sign and not otherwise prohibited No