Permitless Carry Begins Sept. 1

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On Sept. 1, HB 1927 becomes law, removing the requirement that Texans have a permit to carry a handgun.

Beginning Sept. 1, Texans over the age of 21 with a clean criminal record can carry a handgun without a permit.

House Bill 1927, the Texas Firearm Act of 2021, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, eliminates the requirement that gun owners obtain a license to carry, including passing a safety course and background check.

While HB 1927 removes a required background check to carry a handgun, gun dealers must still conduct a background check unless the buyer has a license to carry. Purchasing a gun from a private seller does not require a background check.

The new law does not allow Texans to carry a gun if they are currently disqualified from possessing a firearm. However, HB 1927 expunges criminal records for Texans convicted of illegal handgun carrying in a non-prohibited place before Sept. 1.

The new law does not change the locations that previously banned guns, such as:

  • Airport
  • Amusement park
  • Bar
  • Correctional facility
  • Courthouse
  • High school, collegiate, or professional sporting event
  • Polling site during voting
  • Publicly open government meeting
  • Racetrack


Private businesses and churches can prohibit guns and open carry with written signage or verbal notice to gun owners.

If someone carries a handgun on-premises where guns are prohibited, they must vacate the area or face being charged with a Class A misdemeanor or third-degree felony.

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