Can I Carry under new Texas law?

Texas Gun Laws

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.

Answer:

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.

Prohibited Places

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.

The Law

To learn more about the new Texas gun laws, check out this link:

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/docs/pe/htm/pe.46.htm

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