In Texas, adults can purchase a gun without a license. However, you must obtain a concealed handgun license to carry a concealed gun in your car or on (or near) your body, and you are prohibited from openly carrying a firearm in Texas unless you are on your own property. (Texas Penal Code § 46.02.) For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Texas.
To obtain a concealed handgun license, you must apply at the city or town clerk’s office in the city or town where you live or have a place of business. Your local licensing authorities have the discretion to determine whether or not to issue the permit. To qualify, you must:
(Texas Pen. Code § 411.172.)
Yes. Texas recognizes concealed handgun carry permits issued by other states. However, not all states recognize concealed carry permits issued by Texas.
The Texas Department of Public Safety website provides a list of states with reciprocity agreements with Texas.
It is a class A misdemeanor to carry a weapon (openly or concealed) in Texas without a concealed carry license. Penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, up to one year in jail, or both.
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Texas, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.