What to Know About the New Texas Gun Law

Texans who meet specific requirements are no longer required to have an License To Carry to open carry or conceal carry a handgun in Texas.  To carry a firearm on or about your person, you must carry it either concealed (not wholly or partially visible) or open in a holster.  When open carrying, the firearm MUST remain in the holster unless being legally used.

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To carry without a license, you must:

Be 21 years old or older

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Must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm in a public place under Texas Law. a) Not a felon b) Not convicted of assault family violence c) Not under specific protective orders

Within the past five (5) years, must not have been convicted of: a) Assault causing bodily harm b) Deadly Conduct c) Making terroristic threats d) Disorderly conduct- Discharging a firearm e) Disorderly conduct- Displaying a firearm

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Must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammo under federal law which includes: a) Not a felon b) Not a fugitive from justice c) Not an addict- a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance d) Not considered mentally defective- been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution. e) Illegal alien or non-exempt nonimmigrant alien f) Not dishonorably discharged from the armed forces g) Not renounced citizenship h) Not under specific protective I) Not a domestic abuser

Where can you NOT carry a firearm (Without a Permit):

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The premises of: A school or educational institution

School or educational institution transportation

Grounds where a school sponsored activity is taking place

Sporting events

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Polling place, including early voting

Courts & offices used by the court

Racetrack where pari-mutuel wagering takes place: horse or dog racing

The secured area of airports (inside the metal detectors)

Within 1000 feet of an execution site on the day a sentence is to be imposed

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Bars (51% locations)

Professional Sporting Events

Correctional facilities

Civil commitment facilities

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Hospitals or nursing homes

Mental hospitals

Amusement parks

Room or rooms of an open meeting of a governmental entity

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ANY place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.

Where can you carry without a permit?

It’s difficult to spell out where carry without a permit will be allowed. 

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Rather, a person carrying under the Firearm Carry Act of 2021 without a permit can carry in locations OTHER THAN:

Federally banned locations

State banned locations

Locations legally posted as off-limits to all firearms

Locations legally posted as off-limits to unpermitted carry

Federally Banned Locations

Federal courthouses*

Federal buildings*

Federal prisons*

US Army Corps of Engineers property8

National cemeteries*

Post Offices*

Any building owned, leased or rented by the Federal government, including buildings in National Forests, National Parks and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands

Sterile areas of airports

Military bases

Rented Office (Federal)

*This includes parking lots adjacent to, or part of, the facility if the federal entity owns or has control of the parking lot and it us posted “No Firearms”.  The lot has to be posted under federal law if it does not wish to have firearms present.

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