Beginning September 1, 2021, several new laws take effect in Texas. One of these is House Bill 1927, known as the Permitless Carry. With the passage of HB 1927, Texas joins approximately 20 other states allowing permitless carry.
Providing they pass a background check, the new law allows Texas over the age of 21 without a criminal record to carry a handgun without a license or formal training. This law eliminates the requirement for Texas residents to take a concealed carry or other formal class prior to being able to carry a handgun. It also eliminates the requirement to be fingerprinted.
While the Texas Department of Public offer a free, online course in gun safety, no one will be compelled to take the course or be required to pass any certification exam.
Despite being able carry a handgun without a permit, Texas Penal Code Chapter 46 will still be in force. Texas Penal Code Chapter 46 prohibits anyone from carrying a handgun in certain places including public school campuses or certain other public buildings. Businesses, however, can still post appropriate signage prohibiting open or concealed carrying of handguns.
If you need assistance addressing any issues relating to carrying a handgun, the attorneys at Waldron & Schneider are here to assist.
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