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Weather Emergencies

Legal resources related to disasters in Texas.


Can I carry a handgun without a license during a disaster?

Generally speaking, you must have a license to carry a handgun in Texas regardless of whether your handgun is carried openly or concealed. In 2019 the Texas Legislature passed a law that creates an exception to this rule for those who are in the process of evacuating from a declared state or local disaster area or those who are returning to that area after evacuating. The exception applies for 7 days after the initial disaster declaration is issued (unless the Governor specifically extends that time period). The law does not apply to those who are prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.

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