Tribpedia: Concealed Handgun License

The Texas concealed carry law, signed into law by Gov. George W. Bush in 1995, permits licensed individuals to carry an unlimited number of concealed handguns.

To be eligible for a license Texans must:

  • be 21 years old or 18 for members or former members of the armed services;
  • have a clean criminal history;
  • not be under a protective order ...

After Day of Rules Warfare, Both Sides Claim Some Wins

House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel is handed another stack of bills during debate on S.B. 19 Tuesday evening May 26, 2015 in the Texas House.
House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel is handed another stack of bills during debate on S.B. 19 Tuesday evening May 26, 2015 in the Texas House.

A daylong parliamentary battle ensued Tuesday as the Texas House faced a crucial deadline to pass many major bills before they died. Democrats succeeded in killing an abortion bill, while Republicans managed to pass ethics reform legislation and a version of campus carry.

A soldier fires an M9 in a training exercise at Fort Hood Army base.
A soldier fires an M9 in a training exercise at Fort Hood Army base.

Fort Hood Shooting Sparks Debate on Concealed Guns

Two separate rampage shootings within five years at Killeen’s Fort Hood Army base have sparked renewed discussion over whether those on military bases in Texas should be able to carry concealed handguns.

Guns on Campus Could Cost Colleges

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Allowing students to bring guns to college could cost universities a pretty penny in insurance premiums — one of the hitches that is keeping the campus-carry bill stalled in the Texas Senate. 

Capitol visitors pass through metal detectors.
Capitol visitors pass through metal detectors.

Geren's Capitol Access Pass Bill Gets Hearing

For those who frequent the Texas Capitol but don’t feel like sacrificing the time it takes to get a concealed handgun license, there may soon be a special pass allowing them to bypass the building’s metal detectors at Capitol entrances.

Colin Goddard Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs at the Brady Campaign, was at the Capitol lobbying against allowing handguns on college campuses.
Colin Goddard Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs at the Brady Campaign, was at the Capitol lobbying against allowing handguns on college campuses.

Colin Goddard Bears Witness to Campus Massacre

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Colin Goddard survived the 2007 mass shooting on Virginia Tech's campus that left 32 dead and wounded 16 others. He thinks allowing concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses is a dangerous idea, and he came to Austin to explain why. 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/4/10

Ramsey on whether Bill White at the top of the ballot helps Houston-area candidates, Aaronson and Stiles present a treemap of Texas political ads, Stiles and Ramsey on the latest campaign finance filings, Aguilar on the Laredo mayor's race, Hamilton on anonymous tweeters who make mischief, Ramshaw interviews a disability rights activist with a thing for iPads and bibles, Hu on the accidental release of Rick Perry's "secret" schedule, M. Smith on the bitter back-and-forth over a voter registration effort in Harris County, Philpott's micro-debate on education between two House candidates, Grissom on this week's twist in the Cameron Todd Willingham investigation and, in our latest collaboration with a big-city Texas newspaper, Stiles, Grissom and John Tedesco of the San-Antonio Express News on what kind of Texans, exactly, are applying to carry concealed handguns: The best of our best from Oct. 4 to 9, 2010.

Wealthier, More-Conservative Texans Have Gun Permits

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When the state's concealed handgun statute was approved 15 years ago, lawmakers argued it would help citizens defend themselves — but residents of low-income, largely Democratic nieghborhoods aren't applying for gun permits as often as those in wealthier, more-conservative areas, according to a Texas Tribune/San Antonio Express-News analysis.

Did Worries About Obama Spark CHL Applications?

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In the two years since Barack Obama was elected president, many Texas gun owners — afraid of losing their Second Amendment rights — have stocked up on weapons and ammo. Texans have also sought a record number of concealed handgun licenses. Coincidence?

Video: Bexar County Concealed Gun Licenses

In a pattern that's playing out in San Antonio and other major metro areas in Texas, residents in low-income neighborhoods aren't taking advantage of the state's concealed-carry law as often as residents living in wealthier, more conservative areas.