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Gun Laws

This guide provides information on Texas and federal gun laws including: background checks, open carry, concealed carry, handgun licenses, restrictions for felons, and local regulation of firearms and shooting ranges.

Carry of Firearms

General Restrictions on the Carry of Firearms

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.

See below for information on: private property, religious properties, schools and college campuses, and government property.

Texas Laws:

Explained in "Plain English":

Open Carry

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).

Open Carry Law Passed in 2015:

Explained in "Plain English":

Private Property

General (Restaurants, Shops, Etc.):

Rental Property:

Places of Employment:


Religious Properties

2017 Attorney General Opinion:

2019 Legislation:

Signage Requirements:

Schools & College Campuses

Carry by General Public on School Property:

School Marshalls:

Campus Carry:

Government Property

Government Property, Generally:


Traveling With Firearms

Traveling to another state and wondering if you can take your gun? These resources explain Texas's handgun license reciprocity agreements with other states.