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Concealed carry do’s, don’ts

Concealed carry do’s, don’ts
February 26
05:56 2013
This illustration demonstrates all the places on a person’s body where he or she can carry a concealed weapon according to        Texas law. Photo Illustration by Matt Hellman

This illustration demonstrates all the places on a person’s body where he or she can carry a concealed weapon according to Texas law.
Photo Illustration by Matt Hellman

Locations you may carry:

  • On the person’s own premises
  • Inside a person’s motor vehicle or watercraft
  • Any other place that is not specifically stated against in the Texas Concealed Handgun Law pamphlet.

Locations you may NOT carry:

  • On the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building  on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution.
  • On the premises of a polling place on the day of an election or while early voting is in progress.
  • On the premises of any government court or offices utilized by the court, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the court.
  • On the premises of a racetrack.
  • In or into a secured area of an airport.
  • Within 1,000 feet of premises of a death sentence area.
  • In a correctional facility.
  • In a hospital unless they have written authorization of the hospital.
  • In an amusement park.
  • In a church, synagogue, or other established place of religious worship.
  • Any business/residence that has proper signage that concealed carry is not allowed.

Requirements to get license:

  • An original (first-time) CHL applicant must complete a minimum 10-hour class, taught by a DPS certified CHL instructor.  The class includes classroom and a proficiency demonstration (shooting).
  • Legal resident of state for 6 months prior to date of application.
  • Is at least 21 years of age, unless a member or veteran of the United States armed forces or National Guard.
  • Has not been convicted of a felony.
  • Is not charged with any Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense.
  • Is not a fugitive from justice.
  • Is not a chemically dependent person.
  • Is capable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun.
  • Is fully qualified under applicable federal and state law to purchase a handgun.
  • Is not currently restricted under a court protective order or subject to a restraining order.
  • Cannot be a member of a criminal street gang and/or engaged in any other criminal activity.

 

Examination for license:

  • A total of 50 rounds are fired during the course of the qualification test. A score of 70%, or 175 points of a possible 250, is required to pass.  The target used is a B-27, which is a human-shaped silhouette target measuring 45 by 24 inches.
  • A written examination with multiple choice and true/false questions.

All information provided by www.txdps.state.tx.us

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