Since every state has different gun laws, it can be hard to keep up on what you can or cannot do when traveling between states. Texas has a fairly straightforward approach to weapons, so you can understand what to do with guns when they’re in your possession and when they should not be in your possession at all.
There are three categories that rules fall under: nonlicensed civilians, licensed civilians and long gun. For a licensed civilian, most situations allow them to carry a weapon. However, it is a misdemeanor to carry the weapon on someone else’s property if it is concealed and you’ve been informed that no concealed carry is allowed.
On the other hand, for someone who isn’t licensed to carry a gun, the rules are stricter. It’s a misdemeanor to carry a gun, whether it’s open or concealed carry, on someone else’s property when you’ve been notified that no unlicensed carry is allowed.
What about a school or if a facility serves alcohol…can I ever carry my weapon there?
Alcohol makes gun laws trickier. The exact law is that you cannot carry a weapon if the business receives 51% or more of its income from serving alcohol. If you do, then you can be charged with a felony no matter what the circumstances are. The same is true if you carry a weapon on school grounds without permission, though there is an exception on public college campuses for those who have licensing and conceal carry.
With so many rules, you need to get familiar with the laws in Texas
Simply put, Texas makes it easy to understand the rules, but there are many rules to know. You can learn more about them from the Texas Handgun Association or talk to your attorney if you aren’t sure about where you can carry your weapon.
Get help if you’re facing gun charges in Texas
If you are now facing gun charges of some kind, it’s valuable to review this information and get more details about your legal options, so you can protect yourself against a conviction on a misdemeanor or felony charge.