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By Brooke Price

In 2021, it became legal to carry a handgun in a public place without an LTC (license to carry), as long as you meet certain qualifications. In order to lawfully possess and carry a firearm in Texas, according to Penal Code § 46.02 and 46.04, you must[1]:

  1. Be at least 21 years old.
  2. Have not been convicted of a disorderly conduct, assault, terroristic threat, or deadly conduct in the five (5) years preceding the current date.
  3. Have not been convicted of a felony.
  4. Not be subject to an unexpired protective order.
  5. Not be intoxicated.
  6. Carry the firearm in a holster.

Just because it is legal to open carry in Texas, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t restrictions on where and when you can bring your gun.

It is a crime carry a gun to certain protected locations, including schools, school busses, sporting events, hospitals, nursing homes, polling locations, racetracks, courthouses, airports, amusement parks, and bars (Texas Penal Code § 46.03).

Gun laws in Texas are continuing to evolve, and there are many caveats and nuances to consider when reviewing recent legislation.

More than ever, it is important that if you are charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, you have an experienced team on your side.


If you are facing gun charges in Williamson or Bell County, call Price & Twine, PLLC at (512) 354-1880 today so we can review your case and inform you of your rights.

[1] Texas State Law Library

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