Long gun and black powder weapon (including handgun) open carry is not forbidden by law, unless in a manner "calculated to cause alarm." Effective January 1, 2016, individuals with a handgun carry license will be permitted to carry openly, per House Bill 910 of the 2015 legislative session.Non-residents from states whose permits are recognized by Texas will also be allowed to open carry under the new law.
Licensed carry of a handgun requires a "shall-issue" license, and is subject to specific laws governing trespass while armed.
People who are barred from licensing include those under age 21, felons, fugitives, people who are "chemically dependent" or "incapable of exercising sound judgment", and those in arrears for taxes or child support.
There is no duty to retreat from any place where the shooter has a legal right to be.
A notice stating that the Turman Halfway House in Austin, Texas prohibits concealed handguns.
Texas has full reciprocity agreements with 30 states, not including Vermont (which is an "unrestricted" state and neither issues nor requires permits), most of these having some residency restrictions (the holder must either be a resident of Texas or a non-resident of the reciprocal state for the Texas license to be valid in that state).
Texas recognizes an additional 11 states' concealed-carry permits unilaterally; those states do not recognize Texas' own permit as valid within their jurisdiction, usually due to some lesser requirement of the Texas permit compared to their own.
The handgun licensing law sets out the eligibility criteria that must be met.
For example, an applicant must be eligible to purchase a handgun under the State and Federal laws (including an age restriction of 21), however an exception is granted to active members of the military who are age 18 and over.
Additionally, a number of factors may make a person ineligible (temporarily or permanently) to obtain a license, including: This last category, though having little to do with a person's ability to own a firearm, is in keeping with Texas policy for any licensing; those who are delinquent or in default on State-regulated debts or court judgments are generally barred from obtaining or renewing any State-issued license (including driver licenses), as an incentive to settle those debts.
"Information regarding any psychiatric, drug, alcohol, or criminal history" is required only from new users.
The Texas handgun carry permit was previously called a "Concealed Handgun License" or CHL. 2016 to LTC "License To Carry" and at the same time the laws changed to include "Open Carry".