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THE GREAT STATE of TEXAS allows handgun carry on your person, but doing so legally requires a license. The license is officially called a License to Carry a Handgun (LTC).  In 2017, open carry became legal.  The same license works for both open and concealed carry in Texas. Before open carry was legalized, the license was called the Concealed Handgun License (CHL). These are some different acronyms you will frequently see that refer to handgun carry:

  • LTC – License to Carry

  • CHL – Concealed Handgun License

  • CCW – Concealed Carry Weapon

Here in THE GREAT STATE of TEXAS, the only acronym to remember is LTC. This is the license you will apply for through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Regulatory Services Division (RSD). 

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This class provides the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) required classroom training and the firearm qualification demonstration students need in order to obtain a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC).


Basic proficiency with a handgun:
LTC classes are not intended to train students how to shoot a handgun. 

To train and qualify a student to submit application to the Texas Handgun Licensing Program.  Upon completion, students will have the following materials required to submit their application:

  • TX-100: Certification of successful classroom curriculum completion.

  • Certification of shooting proficiency and firearm handling safety.

order to demonstrate your ability to safely and properly handle and shoot a handgun.


4 to 6 hours of combined classroom instruction and handgun qualification testing.


  • The Use of Force

  • Gun Safety

  • Gun Storage

  • Dispute Resolution

  • Texas Laws Regarding Use of Force​

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Bring to Class

  • Texas driver’s license

  • Handgun of your choice. There is no minimum caliber to legally carry as long as it is a legal pistol. We require at the minimum a .22 caliber pistol to qualify

  • Minimum 50 rounds for the proficiency test.

  • Hat and closed-toed shoes recommended for safety

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Good to Know

  • There is no longer a classification of concealed handgun license. If you qualify with a revolver you can carry a semi-automatic.

  • For the safety of the shooter, instructors, and other students.  All handguns will be inspected. Unsafe handguns will not be allowed for the proficiency test.

  • Any student not following safe gun handling procedures will be asked to leave the classroom / range. NO REFUNDS for safety violations.

License to Carry: Text
License to Carry: Text
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