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Texas LTC Eligibility

It is not the responsibility of Geronimo LTC or it's Instructors to determine eligibility of students or persons seeking to obtain a Concealed Handgun License. Review eligibility requirements closely before registering as class fees are NOT refundable.

Please direct any questions about eligibility to the DPS Website: www.txdps.state.tx.us

Texas does not prohibit carrying a concealed handgun on one’s person, or a partially or wholly visible handgun in a shoulder or belt holster on one’s person, if the person is also carrying a valid handgun license.

Texas is a “shall-issue” state, meaning that the Department of Public Safety must issue a handgun license if the applicant meets certain qualifications.

Texas law provides that a person is eligible for a license to carry a concealed handgun if the person:

  • is a legal resident of this state for the six month period preceding the date of application,

  • is at least 21 years of age (military 18 - 21 years of age now eligible - 2005 Texas CHL Law change),

  • has not been convicted of a felony,

  • is not currently charged with the commission of a felony, Class A or Class B misdemeanor, or equivalent offense, or an offense under Sec. 42.01 of the penal Code (Disorderly Conduct) or equivalent offense,

  • is not a fugitive from justice for a felony, Class A or Class B misdemeanor, or equivalent offense,

  • is not a chemically dependant person (a person with two convictions within the ten year period preceding the date of application for offenses (Class B or greater) involving the use of alcohol or a controlled substance is ineligible as a chemically dependant person. Other evidence of chemical dependency may also make an individual ineligible for a CHL),

  • is not incapable of exercizing sound judgement with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun,

  • has not, in the five years preceding the application, been convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor, or equivalent offense, or an offense under Section 42.01 of the Penal Code (Disorderly Conduct) or equivalent offense,

  • is fully qualified under applicable federal and state law to purchase a handgun,

  • has not been finally determined to be delinquent in making child support administered or collected by the attorney general,

  • has not been finally determined to be delinquent in the payment of a tax or other money collected by the comptroller, state treasurer, tax collector of a policital subdivision, Alcohol Beverage Commission or any other agency or subdivision,

  • is not currently restricted under a court protective order subject to a restraining order affecting a spousal relationship,

  • has not, in the 10 years preceding the date of application, been adjudicated as having engaged in delinquent conduct violating a penal law in the grade of felony,

  • has not made any material misrepresentation, or failed to disclose any material fact, in an application submitted pursuant to Section 411.174 or in a request for application submitted pursuant to Section 411.175.

  • Has not been diagnosed by a licensed physician as suffering from a psychiatric disorder or condition that causes or is likely to cause substantial impairment in judgment, mood, perception, impulse control, or intellectual ability, unless he or she provides a certificate from a licensed psychiatrist stating that the psychiatric disorder or condition is in remission and is not reasonably likely to redevelop;

  • Does not suffer from a psychiatric disorder or condition that causes or is likely to cause substantial impairment in judgment, mood, perception, impulse control, or intellectual ability and that is in remission but reasonably likely to redevelop; and

  • Does not require continuous medical treatment to avoid redeveloping a psychiatric disorder or condition that causes or is likely to cause substantial impairment in judgment, mood, perception, impulse control, or intellectual ability.

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