Requirements Under the Texas License to Carry Statute

Texas is one of the few states where a citizen can be legally licensed to openly carry a handgun in public. Because of this Texas license to carry law, many people living in the state of Texas (as well as other states where it is also legal to openly carry a firearm) are interested in learning how to properly carry a handgun for the purpose of protecting themselves against criminals. There are many courses available that instruct people in this area.

Before a citizen becomes licensed, however, it is important that they understand the legal requirements to obtain the license. The law specifically allows a licensed citizen to openly carry a handgun in a holster located on the hip or shoulder. The law also has many other requirements including but not limited to the following:

  • that the applicant be a legal resident of Texas for at least six months prior to receiving a Texas license to carry.
  • that the applicant be 21 years or older unless in the military
  • that the applicant has not been charged with a felony and has never had a felony conviction or Class A or Class B misdemeanor
  • that the applicant is not now a fugitive of the legal system
  • that the applicant does not have a drug, alcohol or substance abuse problem
  • that the applicant has the ability to employ sound judgment regarding the proper storage and use of a firearm
  • that the applicant is in complete compliance with federal and state laws regarding the purchase of a firearm
  • that the applicant is up to date on child support payments if applicable
  • that the applicant is up to date on all required tax assessments
  • that the applicant does not have an active┬ácourt protective order issued against him or her
  • that the applicant has not engaged in delinquent behavior within ten years prior to the application
  • that the applicant has not misrepresented himself or herself in the application process