House Bill 1927, enacted as the Firearm Carry Act of 2021, also known to many as Constitutional Carry, allows individuals who are 21 years of age or older and who can legally possess a firearm to carry a handgun without first obtaining a license. Full language regarding this legislation can be located at 87(R) HB 1927 – Enrolled version (texas.gov).
The Firearm Carry Act went into effect September 1, 2021.
House Bill 1927 (Permitless Carry) does not repeal the License to Carry a Handgun Program, established by Government Code, Chapter 411, Subchapter H.
The department is still required to process applications, conduct background checks, and produce a laminated license for those who qualify.
Benefits of a Texas Handgun License
*Texas Handgun License holders can carry firearms in states where Texas has a reciprocity agreement or state law recognizes the Texas Handgun license.
*License can be used as an alternative to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check to simplify firearm purchases.
*License still required to carry on university campuses; “Campus Carry” is unchanged.
*License holders have protections related to the accidental carrying of a firearm in the secured area of an airport.