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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.

Schools & Colleges


K-12 Schools

Although a new law in 2021 removed the requirement to have a license to carry a handgun (starting September 1st, 2021), there are still restrictions on the carry of firearms at schools.

Texas & Federal Law

Understanding the Law

College Campuses

Although a new law in 2021 removed the requirement to have a license to carry a handgun, there are still restrictions on who can carry a handgun on a college campus.

Texas Law

Understanding the Law

In 2015 a law was passed that allowed people with handgun licenses to carry concealed handguns on college campuses. This law is often called the "campus carry" law. As the Texas Municipal League explains, Texas law generally bans carrying a firearm at a school or educational institution. However:

A "campus concealed carry exception" applies to this provision and allows a license holder to carry a concealed handgun on the premises of an institution of higher education, including the premises of a junior college or private or independent institution of higher education, on any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by the institution is being conducted, or in a passenger transportation vehicle of the institution, subject to rules of the institution adopted only as authorized by state law.