Can I Carry a Firearm under new Texas law?
Now that Texas passed a new law related to the carrying of firearms, we are receiving many questions asking under what circumstances does the new law apply.
Generally, if you were eligible to carry a firearm under the old License to Carry law, then you are eligible to carry a firearm under the new law.
- First and foremost, you must be at least 21 years old to carry a firearm.
- Second, you must not have a felony conviction or conviction for domestic violence.
- Third, you cannot be under indictment or on a deferred adjudicated probation.
- Finally, it must be concealed or in a holster.
- There are other conditions and exceptions, but those are some bright line points for guidance on this issue.
There are still prohibited places where you cannot carry a handgun, so make sure you know the law related to that aspect.
Committing a Crime while Carrying a Weapon
If you are caught committing a crime greater than a Class C offense while carrying your firearm, then you will be charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon and your weapon will be confiscated by law enforcement.
Leave your pot at home – do not drive with it and especially do not drive with pot and your firearm. That is a sure-shot way to get charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.
Do not drink and drive with your firearm. Leave it at home. Take Uber.
To learn more about the new Texas gun laws, check out this link: