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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.

Texas Laws

Understanding the Law

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

Understanding the Law