Texas Gun Laws

Updated January 2016 to Reflect Open Carry 

*Additional restrictions may apply under Texas Penal Code §46.035(b)(5) for amusement parks over 75 acres in a county with a population of 1 million or more.

*Additional requirements for Huntsville are found under Texas Penal Code §46.03(a)(6).

 

Open carry – no license

Concealed carry – no license

Concealed carry – licensed

Open carry – licensed (holstered)

Long guns (not in violation of disorderly statute)

GENERALLY

No

No

Yes, if no specific prohibition

Yes, if no specific prohibition

Yes, if no specific prohibition

Person’s own premises

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

In car or watercraft

No

Yes

Yes

Yes, if holstered

Yes

Any  private premises open to public

No

No

Yes, unless 30.06 sign

Yes, unless 30.07 sign

Yes, unless no firearms sign

Educational institution (Not college)

No

No

No, unless written authorization

No unless written authorization

No, unless written authorization

Grounds where educational activity is being conducted (Not College)

No

No

No, unless written authorization

No, unless written authorization

No, unless written authorization

Educational institution vehicle

No

No

No, unless written authorization

No, unless written authorization

No, unless written authorization

High school, collegiate, or professional sporting event (Except shooting events)

No

No

No

No

Yes, unless no firearms sign

Public college campus

No

No

No, until 8-1-16 (4 year schools) or 8-1-17 (Jr. colleges).   Then yes unless 30.06 sign.

No

No

Private college campus

No

No

No, until 8-1-16.  Then yes unless prohibited on campus.

No

No

Polling place-day of election or early voting

No

No

No

No

No

Building with court or court offices

No

No

No, unless court authorized

No, unless court authorized

No, unless court authorized

Government meeting

No

No

Yes, unless 30.06 sign

Yes, unless 30.07 sign

Yes, unless no firearms sign

Government facilities generally

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Secure areas of police facilities

No

No

Yes, unless notice and compliance with Gov. Code §411.207

Yes, unless notice and compliance with Gov. Code §411.207

Yes, unless no firearms sign

Correctional facility

No

No

No

No

No

Secured area of airport

No

No

No, but no offense if they leave when asked

No

No

Racetrack

No

No

No

No

No

While intoxicated

No

No

No

No

No

Premises of TABC licensed business with 51% sign.

No

No

No

No

Yes, unless no firearms sign

Hospital or nursing home

No

No

Yes, unless 30.06 sign

Yes, unless 30.07 sign

Yes, unless no firearms sign

Place of worship

No

No

Yes, unless 30.06 sign

Yes, unless 30.07 sign

Yes, unless no firearms sign

Place of employment

No

No

Yes, unless prohibited by employer (yes in own vehicle) or other prohibition

Yes, unless prohibited by employer (yes in own vehicle) or other prohibition

Yes, unless prohibited by employer (yes in own vehicle) or other prohibition

Any place with “no firearms” posted including public or private facilities

No

No

Yes, unless 30.06 sign and not otherwise prohibited

Yes, unless 30.07 sign and not otherwise prohibited

No