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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.

License to Carry

Texas Laws, Rules, & Regulations

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Government Code and the Texas Administrative Code that govern licenses to carry handguns. If you find these difficult to understand, you may want to view the “plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

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).

Reciprocity With Other States

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

Who Can I Contact?

Below are organizations that may be able to answer questions about licenses to carry handguns.