Texas Concealed Handgun Laws Part 1

Texas Penal Code Sec. 46.02.  UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS.  (a)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:

(1)  on the person’s own premises or premises under the person’s control (in other words, you don’t need a CHL to carry a gun at your own home in Texas); or

(2)  inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control (hey look at that, Texans can carry a gun in their car without a CHL).

(a-1)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun in a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control at any time in which:

(1)  the handgun is in plain view (if you are going to carry a gun in your car, the gun needs to be hidden); or

(2)  the person is:

(A)  engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic or boating;

(B)  prohibited by law from possessing a firearm; or

(C)  a member of a criminal street gang, as defined by Section 71.01. (all of that is to say that if you are a criminal, you can not carry a gun in your car)

(a-2)  For purposes of this section, “premises” includes real property and a recreational vehicle that is being used as living quarters, regardless of whether that use is temporary or permanent. In this subsection, “recreational vehicle” means a motor vehicle primarily designed as temporary living quarters or a vehicle that contains temporary living quarters and is designed to be towed by a motor vehicle. The term includes a travel trailer, camping trailer, truck camper, motor home, and horse trailer with living quarters (just in case you live in a Winnebago).

(a-3)  For purposes of this section, “watercraft” means any boat, motorboat, vessel, or personal watercraft, other than a seaplane on water, used or capable of being used for transportation on water.

(b)  Except as provided by Subsection (c), an offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

(c)  An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree if the offense is committed on any premises licensed or issued a permit by this state for the sale of alcoholic beverages.

This law actually dosn’t have anything to do with concealed handguns. This law actually explains when and where you can carry a gun in Texas without any kind of license (your home and your car).

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