New Texas Handgun Licensing Laws

In the past few years, many new handgun carry laws have passed through the Texas State Legislature. Many of these laws have replaced older, out of date laws. Previously called Concealed Carry Licensing, the Handgun Licensing Program in Texas has changed dramatically as much of the red tape surrounding handguns has been removed.

As the leading provider of handcrafted, quality gun holsters made right here in the Lone Star state, we here at Black Hills Leather thought we would fill our loyal customers in on these changes. Since the middle of 2015, eight new handgun licensing laws have gone into effect, with the most recent going into effect on January 1, 2016. One more handgun law is set to go into effect in August 2016.  Learn more about these laws and how they affect you below.

Open Carry and Campus Carry

The two most meaningful bills that have passed through the State Legislature are the open carry and campus carry laws.

As of January 1, 2016, Texas is an open carry state, meaning that with the proper license you can now carry your handgun openly, not concealed.  A separate license is not required if you already have your concealed carriers permit, however, you may not openly carry a handgun on certain premises, like on a higher education campus. The open carry law requires your handgun to be in a shoulder or belt holster.

While openly carrying a handgun on a college campus is still illegal, starting August 1, 2016, Texans will be able to carry a concealed weapon on these grounds. Once this law goes into effect, there will be nine states in the nation that allow concealed carry weapons on college campuses.

Other Law Changes

In addition to these changes, there have been a few other changes in handgun law in Texas. Six new laws went into effect on September 1, 2015. These laws have had various implications on handguns laws. Some of these changes were:

  • Amended the Penal Code to add a defense to the prosecution of a gun holder at airport security
  • Reduced license to carry fees for Juvenile Probation Officers
  • License to carry exemptions for Peace Officers and state military forces
  • Accepting concealed carry handgun licenses as valid proof of identification
  • Voluntary contribution to the fund for veteran’s assistance when applying for a concealed handgun permit
  • Allowing carrying concealed weapons on property owned or leased to a government entity

In addition to these six handgun law changes, retired judicial officers, like federal and state judges, were given a reduced fee when applying for a concealed carry license. This had previously been the case for retired state judges, but on June 16, 2015, the law went into effect for retired federal judges as well.

With these changes having gone into effect, you should consider upgrading your holster collection. Here at Black Hills Leather, all of our products are handmade with the highest quality leather. You can view our selection of holsters on our website by clicking here.

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