The current Texas firearm law generally prohibits the carrying of a handgun outside of a person’s place of residence unless the person has obtained a CHL (Concealed Handgun License). Even with this permit there are places where you cannot carry a concealed handgun under any circumstances pursuant to Texas Penal Code Sections 46.03 and 46.035. If you have a CHL, you must produce the permit and another form of valid identification if demanded by a police officer. You may carry a rifle or a shotgun, which is either concealed or in the open, as long as it is not in a threatening or alarming manner.
As a private property owner, you may prohibit anyone from carrying a concealed handgun onto your property if they have a permit by verbal communication or by written notice of trespassing as stated in Texas Penal Code Section 30.06. The written statutory warning must be in English and Spanish on a sign which is written in block letters measuring one inch and posted in a conspicuous place.
If you have questions about the current Texas firearm law, call our office.