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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

Explained 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).

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.

Who Can I Contact?

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