In the midst of tragedies involving gun violence, many states have taken measures to restrict gun rights in an attempt to reduce this ongoing issue. One primary concern that has been addressed by legislators is the right to carry arms in a concealed manner. Some states may have restricted their residents’ weapons rights; however, Texas remains pro-concealed carry. Many gun owners see taking away this legal right as a direct violation of the Second Amendment and a means of disabling people from being able to defend themselves. Regardless of your stance on the matter, it is important to note that Texas residents who wish to carry a concealed weapon have strict laws by which they must abide -- and those who fail to do so can face serious legal consequences, including criminal charges.
The Application Process
Many individuals have the incorrect assumption that anyone can get a license to carry a weapon without realizing the various qualifications that must be met. Concealed carry is legal with a Texas License to Carry (LTC) or a concealed carry license/permit from a state that Texas honors. Texas is considered a “shall-issue” state with concealed weapons permits, which means that the Department of Public Safety cannot deny a permit to an applicant if they meet all of the legal requirements.
Every applicant must complete a four- to six-hour handgun training course in addition to passing both a written exam and a shooting proficiency test. In addition, applicants must be U.S. citizens or have lawful permanent residency. They are required to present a valid Texas photo ID. All applicants will also be fingerprinted after officially submitting the paperwork. Gun owners in Texas can renew their permits up to 12 months after the expiration date.
Where Does This Permit Apply?
Another false assumption about concealed carry licenses is that they allow permit owners to carry weapons wherever they so choose. While permit holders are given a different level of freedom than non-permit holders, they are still extremely restricted on where they can carry weapons within the state. Everyone who has a concealed carry permit may carry weapons on their own personal property. They can also transport them in their vehicles, carry them at roadside rest areas, have them in a state or national park in Texas, and can keep the weapon on them in restaurants that serve alcohol unless otherwise posted. Texas statutes do not specifically forbid concealed weapons in places of worship; however, places of worship can post signs prohibiting firearms, since they are considered private property.
Call a Wilson County Weapons Charges Attorney
Any criminal charges regarding weapons are taken very seriously by the state of Texas. With mass shootings happening so frequently throughout the United States, it is no wonder why these regulations exist. The BCP Criminal Defense Attorneys understand how confusing the various rules and regulations can be, causing individuals with concealed carry permits to accidentally violate one of the stipulations. We know the details behind the legislation to help defend your case and avoid time behind bars. If you are facing weapons charges, contact our accomplished Floresville criminal defense lawyers at 830-769-1010 for legal assistance.