Note Please see our FAQs "Can I carry a weapon while wearing a mask?" and "Can I carry a handgun without a license during a disaster in Texas?" for information on those topics.
Generally, Texas requires individuals to obtain a License to Carry (LTC) in order to carry handguns either openly or concealed. See other pages of this guide for more information on licenses to carry firearms and restrictions on felons.
Since the 2015 "open carry" legislation went into effect, what was known as a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) is now known as a License to Carry a handgun (LTC).
Generally speaking, Texas law allows the transport of a firearm in a motor vehicle or watercraft. However, a person must have a license to carry a handgun (LTC) if they want to have their handgun in plain view (in a shoulder or belt holster) while in their vehicle.
Traveling to another state and wondering if you can take your gun? These resources explain Texas's handgun license reciprocity agreements with other states.