Permitless handgun carry begins Sep. 1 in Texas

Permitless handgun carry begins Sep. 1 in Texas

Constitutional Carry will bring changes to Texas gun laws come Sept. 1 San Antonio – Carrying a handgun in public in Texas will no longer require a license, starting Sep. 1. Known as “Constitutional Carry” by its supporters, a new law passed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year allows anyone 21 years or older, who isn’t prohibited from having a firearm, to carry a handgun without first obtaining a license. The state currently requires gun owners to obtain a License to Carry (LTC) if they want to carry a handgun in public – either openly or concealed. The process for getting a license includes a background check, classroom training, and a range qualification. The new law won’t get rid of the LTC, but will instead, largely make it optional. “There’s still advantages to having that License to Carry,” said LoneStar Handgun owner Josh Felker, “but it got rid of the necessity for the most part.” Reciprocity agreements allow Texas LTC holders to also carry their handguns in other states, Felker said, and being an LTC holder allows gun buyers to bypass the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which can get overwhelmed and delay firearm purchases. The new law also draws some divisions between licensed and unlicensed carriers. The ability to carry on a college campus, for example, still requires an LTC. Still, Felker has already seen the effect of Constitutional Carry on the training side of his business. “On a normal month, we teach between […]

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