View Full Version : For you WTers in Texas: Driving in your state with a handgun?

02-13-2018, 11:47 PM
I'm not sure if this is the proper place for this but......the missus and I will be in Texas soon visiting some of her family. I will be driving a fair bit every day for two weeks. The last time we were in Texas in 2016, I had a CCW from the state where I live(California). From what I learned, Texas recognizes CCW/CHL from other states, so I had my 19 on me the whole time I was there. This trip I will not have the benefit of a CCW.

My question is, can I still bring my handgun with me this trip, and have it out of sight in the vehicle as I'm traveling/driving throughout the state? I understand I won't be able to carry it on my person concealed w/o that CHL.

02-14-2018, 12:01 AM
Short answer: yes.

You can keep your gun concealed in your vehicle with no issues. I'll let the cops and more legally well-versed Texans describe the details.

Jon Payne
02-14-2018, 03:45 AM
You have to be in legal possession, not committing a crime greater than a traffic or boating violation, not a member of a criminal street gang, and it has to be concealed.


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Vlad the Impaler
02-14-2018, 04:33 AM
I would think that you would be stopped and ticketed if you didn’t have a gun in your car in Texas.

02-14-2018, 05:59 AM
Pretty close. Yep, barring moving dope, belonging to Raza Unida , or beating your misses, you are presumed to be "travellling" and can keep your heater in the car. It MUST be concealed from general view but CAN remain in any loaded condition you wish (pistols, as rifles and shotguns fall under some wildlife regs to preclude road hunting). Stuck between the seats and a towel over it would fit the bill, it doesnt have to be locked away. When stopping for gas, or to eat at a roadside joint, big boy rules as always.

02-14-2018, 08:19 AM
There is CHL open carry in Texas but it doesn't apply while traveling? What's with that?

Jon Payne
02-14-2018, 08:21 AM
There is CHL open carry in Texas but it doesn't apply while traveling? What's with that?

It does as long as you have a LTC.

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Greg Nichols
02-14-2018, 08:35 AM
At this point in my life I've made the conscious decision that I don't care. I carry when and where I want and I'd rather beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.

02-16-2018, 01:12 PM
Gentlemen, thanks for the info.

Jon Payne
02-16-2018, 02:08 PM
Gentlemen, thanks for the info.

You’re welcome. If you have any additional questions feel free to send me a PM or email.

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