The Handgun Licensing Act set out the eligibility criteria to be met. For example, an applicant should be eligible to purchase a handgun under state and federal laws (including an age limit of 21), but an exemption has been granted to serving members of the military aged 18 and older. A number of factors could cause a person to be ineligible (temporarily or permanently) for licensing, including: Correction: An earlier version of this story falsely attributed discussions about changing gun laws after the El Paso and Odessa shootings to the wrong Republican leader. This openness to changing gun laws was expressed by Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. The Texas Handgun Carry Permit was formerly known as the Concealed Handgun License or CHL. That changed on January 1. 2016 to LTC “License To Carry” and at the same time the laws changed around “Open Carry”. Permits will be issued on a non-discretionary basis (“debit issuance”) to all eligible applicants. Texas has full reciprocity agreements with 30 states, excluding Vermont (which is an “unrestricted” state and does not grant or require permits), most of which have residency restrictions (the holder must be a resident of Texas or a non-resident of the other state for the Texas license to be valid in that state).
Texas unilaterally recognizes 11 other secret port permits; These states do not recognize Texas` authorization as valid in their jurisdiction, typically due to a lower Texas authorization requirement compared to theirs. “You could say I signed gun rights laws today, but today I signed documents that bring freedom to the Lone Star State,” he said as he signed seven gun laws at a ceremony in San Antonio. But he will also enact three new laws drafted in response to successive mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa in 2019. This includes a gun control measure that makes lying during a background check in order to illegally purchase a gun a state crime. Proponents of unlicensed port said a shock in the House leadership and the growing number of states with similar laws meant this year was their best chance to pass a bill. The Senate and House of Representatives passed various versions of the House bill in 1927, but approved a negotiated bill in May. Parliament approved the final version by 82 votes to 62. Texas will join 19 other states with constitutional or unlicensed laws, and five other states that have declared themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries.” Governor Abbott celebrated many of these measures. There is no law explicitly prohibiting the carrying of firearms. However, if the firearm is displayed in a manner “designed to trigger an alarm”, this is “disorderly conduct”. Carrying a handgun openly in public has long been illegal in Texas unless the wearer was over or had legal control over their own property, hunted legally, or attended a public firearms-related event such as a gun show. The 2015 Texas legislature passed legislation allowing secret handgun license holders to openly carry handguns.
The law was signed on 13 June 2015 and entered into force on 1 January 2016. On September 1, 2021, a new law came into force that lifted restrictions on hidden firearms licences. Texas has no laws regarding gun ownership of any age; All existing restrictions in state law mirror federal law, with the exception of the ban on zippered pistols (improvised pistols). A person of any age can own a firearm, for example: on a shooting range. Texas law and federal law only govern the possession of all firearms up to the age of 18 or older and govern the transfer of handguns at age 21 or older by FFL dealers. However, a private citizen can sell, give, rent, etc. a handgun to anyone over the age of 18 who is not a criminal or criminal, who is 5 years away from probation or probation date and who is now a law-abiding citizen. Federal law provides exemptions from age limits for the temporary transfer and possession of handguns and handgun ammunition for certain activities, including employment, ranching, farming, targeting, and hunting. NFA guns that are not thugs are also subject only to federal restrictions; There are no government regulations for NFA weapons other than clubs.  Municipal and county ordinances on possession and carrying are generally rescinded (anticipated) due to the wording of the Texas Constitution, which gives the Texas legislature (and it alone) the power to “regulate the carrying of firearms to prevent crime.”  Section 1.08 of the Penal Code also prohibits local courts from enacting or enforcing laws that conflict with state laws. Local ordinances restricting the discharge of a firearm are generally permitted because state law contains few or no specifications, but these restrictions are without prejudice to state law to justify the use of force and lethal force. As of September 1, 2021, HB1927 has legalized in Texas for most people 21 years of age and older to carry a handgun in a holster both openly and/or hidden without a license.
When lawmakers pushed for the 2021 regular legislature in January — the first of back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Midland-Odessa — some lawmakers expected them to pass substantial gun restrictions. Most are relaxing or limiting restrictions on firearms, such as new laws that allow school trustees and hotel guests to carry firearms. One law prohibits government contracts with companies that “discriminate against the firearms or ammunition industry,” while another effectively designates firearms transactions as essential transactions that cannot be concluded during a disaster. While a Texas resident (or a non-resident with a recognized license) is generally allowed to carry in most public places, there are state and federal laws that still prohibit a licensee from carrying a firearm in certain situations. According to House Bill 1927, signed into law by Governor Abbott, Open Carry is perfectly legal for anyone over the age of 21 as of September 1, 2021. The 1927 House bill, known to its supporters as the “constitutional door,” allows Texans 21 and older to carry handguns — overt or hidden — without obtaining a state-issued license, unless another federal or state law prohibits them from owning a firearm.  Join us at the 2021 Texas Tribune Festival September 20-25. Tickets are available now for this multi-day celebration of big, bold ideas about politics, public policy, and the news of the day, hosted by award-winning Texas Tribune reporters.
Learn more. Texas is often seen as one of the most permissive gun laws in the United States.  As of September 1, 2021, a person 21 years of age and older does not need a permit to carry a handgun openly or secretly in most locations in Texas, as long as they do not have a criminal record.  Prior to this date, the Texas Department of Public Safety granted an authorized person a handgun license on a target basis. Texas has state preemptive rights for gun laws, so local governments cannot further restrict or regulate the possession or use of firearms. Texas does not restrict NFA weapons that are legally held under federal law. The state does not require background checks for private gun sales. “You could say that today I signed a law that protects gun rights,” Abbott said when signing the bill in June. “But today I signed documents that gave freedom to the Lone Star State.” “Politicians at the federal level at the local level have threatened to take guns away from law-abiding citizens — but we will not allow that in Texas,” Abbott said in a statement in June when he signed the unlicensed carrying bill and six other gun laws. After all, Abbott had proposed several policies to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn`t own them. Lt. Gen.
Dan Patrick said he was “willing to take an arrow from the National Rifle Association” to pursue stricter background check laws. Many Democratic leaders and gun safety advocates hoped the 2021 session would lead to more laws to prevent gun violence. It was the first time since the 2019 shootings in El Paso and Odessa. An eligible individual who wishes to obtain a LTC (formerly CHL) must take a government-mandated teaching course taught by a certified instructor for a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 6 hours, covering topics such as applicable laws, dispute resolution, criminal/civil liability, and handgun safety, and pass a practical qualification in a handgun range.  The caliber requirement was lifted on September 1, 2017.  The cost of these courses varies, but generally ranges from $100 to $125 for new applicants (generally excluding the cost of ammunition and other shooting equipment; practical qualification requires firing 50 rounds of ammunition). You can then submit a photo, fingerprints, other documents and a $40 application fee (starting September 1, 2017; previously $140 and $70 for renewals) – serving and released members are eligible for rebates – to the PDS, which will process the application, conduct a federal background check and grant approval if ordered.