Texas Gun Laws

(Updated: June 22, 2021)

Overview Of Texas Concealed Carry Laws

Issuing Status:Shall Issue
Inform Law Enforcement:Yes
Honors Other States Permits:Yes
Issues Non Resident Permits:Yes
Prohibited Locations:
  • Any place that is 30.06 posted
  • 30.07 sign means no open carry on premises but conceal carry is allowed
  • Establishments whose primary business is alcohol consumption on-site (>=51% of their gross receipts in alcohol)
  • Correctional facilities
  • Public/ private school
  • High school/ collegiate/ professional sporting events
  • Polling places during election
  • Racetrack
  • Secured airport areas
  • Government court and related buildings
  • Hospitals & nursing homes
  • Amusement parks
  • Public transportation w/o valid I.D.
*No Guns* Signs Force Of Law:Yes (30.06 & 30.07 designated)
Store In Vehicle:Yes (not in plain view)
Allowed In State Parks:Yes
Allowed In National Parks:Yes
Allowed In Game Management Units:
Allowed In Wildlife Management Areas:Yes
Allowed At Road Rest Areas:Yes
Allowed In Restaurants Where Alcohol Served:Yes
States Honoring Texas PermitAlaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
Open Carry Allowed:Yes (possible exception is State/Fed Parks. Check w Texas Parks & Wildlife before OC)

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Texas Pistol Permit News

( March 16, 2015) Texas Senate Approves Open Carry of Handguns: Senate Bill 17, which would allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry holstered handguns openly, passed the Senate 20-11. After the chamber takes a final vote it will head to the House. State law currently allows open carrying of rifles/shotguns. SB 17 is one of many gun bills up for consideration this session. So far SB17 and SB11 have made it out of the committee. Senate Bill 11 would allow handgun license holders to carry their firearms on college campuses