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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

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

Private Property

General (Restaurants, Shops, Etc.)

Rental Property

Places of Employment


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.

Religious Properties

2017 Texas Attorney General Opinion

2019 Legislation

Signage Requirements

Volunteer Security Teams

Schools & College Campuses

Carry by General Public on School Property

School Marshals

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.