You must have a license to carry a handgun under Texas law. You also must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a handgun license. More specifically, you generally must:
· Be a resident of the state of Texas for six months prior to the date of the license application
· Be at least 21 years of age
· Have no felony convictions, no pending charges for a felony, Class A or B misdemeanor, or disorderly conduct
· Have no convictions for disorderly conduct as a Class A or B misdemeanor in the past five years
· Not be a fugitive from justice for a felony or Class A or B misdemeanor, or equivalent crimes
· Not chemically dependent and capable of exercising sound judgment to the usage and storage of a handgun
There are many other requirements that you must meet in order to be eligible for a handgun license, including not being delinquent in the payment of child support or state taxes. Additionally, you must meet all federal eligibility requirements to carry a handgun, including having no convictions for domestic violence crimes, whether they are felonies or misdemeanors. While there are some exceptions to these rules, you generally must meet these eligibility requirements in order to carry a handgun in the state of Texas.
When you apply for a handgun license, you will need to have a valid driver’s license or identification card, current demographic, address, and employment information, and the same information for the last five years, and information regarding any psychiatric, drug, alcohol, or criminal history. You also must submit a photograph and fingerprints to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TPS) in order to apply for a handgun license.
The criminal defense lawyers of Peek & Toland have handled the legal defense of countless individuals who are facing criminal charges, including gun law violations and similar charges. We are here to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf in order to get the best outcome possible in your case. Call our office today at (512) 474-4445 to set up an appointment with our criminal defense attorneys today.