Changes in the Law
Open Carry (HB 910) was passed and will become effective January 1, 2016. Please do not confuse “Open Carry” with “Constitutional Carry.” They are NOT the same. In order to carry concealed OR openly, one must still go through the process of applying for a license and taking a class from a licensed instructor (me).
The steps to follow should be:
1. Go online to the Texas DPS site: http://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/ltc/index.htm
2. Follow the links to start your application.
3. Follow the links to schedule your fingerprinting (FBI background check fees are included in this step).
4. Take a class to obtain your LTC-100 form. This can only be provided to you upon completion of a class. The fees you pay for the class are separate from the fees you pay online for your application and fingerprints.
Once you begin the online process, you will have one year to complete the remaining steps. You cannot carry outside your home or vehicle until you receive your pocket license.
Your instructor cannot tell you (the student) if you are eligible for a carry license. You must determine that on your own, or contact the DPS for additional questions. Eligibility can be found here:
MYTH: If you qualify with a revolver, then you are only allowed to conceal carry a revolver.
FACT: Regardless of what you qualify with (revolver or semi-automatic pistol), you can carry either one. There is no longer a designation for which one you need to carry.
As of September 1, 2017, Texas has removed the minimum caliber requirement for the qualification portion of the licensing process.
If a business wants to prohibit both conceal and open carry, BOTH signs must be placed conspicuously at each entrance.
Current Penal Code 30.06 language:
Effective January 1, 2016, Penal Code 30.07 language:
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As always, shoot straight.