Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) Classes

Pro-Count, Inc., Plano, TX

(214) 269-1171

Legal Requirements to Receive a Texas CHL

A Texas Concealed Handgun License may be issued to any person who:
  • Is a legal resident of this state for at least 6 months. (This was recently changed. You can now simply declare your intent to reside in Texas.)
  • Is at least 21 years of age. (The course certificate is good for 6 months, so you can complete the course up to 6 months prior to your 21st birthday.) New Exception: Active duty or honorably discharged US Armed forces veterans may apply at age 18. However, the military exemption does not override federal law preventing an 18-year-old from buying a handgun or ammunition, and the 'underage' CHL is not recognized by some of the reciprocal states.
  • Has not been convicted of a felony, including a deferred adjudication. New exception: If you were convicted of a felony, and the offense is no longer considered a felony in that jurisdiction, you may qualify for a CHL -- Unless the legislature changed its mind again. Unfortunately, if you have a class A misdemeanor that is now a felony, that disqualifies you now.
  • Is not currently charged with a class A or B misdemeanor or an offense of Disorderly Conduct, or under information or indictment for a felony.
  • Is not a fugitive from justice for a class A or B misdemeanor or felony.
  • Is not chemically-dependent. (Note: 3 DWI convictions in any 10 year period is considered prima facie evidence of chemical dependence.)
  • Is a person of sound mind. (Rephrased from the double-negative in the Texas Penal Code.)
  • Has not, in the 5 years preceding the date of application been convicted of a class A or B misdemeanor of Disorderly conduct.
  • Is fully-qualified under applicable federal and state law to purchase a handgun. (Brady Law)
  • Has not been finally determined to be delinquent in making a child support payment 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, the tax collector of a political subdivision of the state, or any agency or subdivision of the state. (Note: Under a really strict interpretation of this part, it would include unpaid library fines!)
  • Has not been finally determined to be in default on a student loan made under chapter 57 of the education code.
  • Is not currently restricted under a court protective order or subject to a restraining order affecting the spousal relationship, other than a restraining order solely affecting property interests.
  • Has not, in the 10 years preceding the date of application, been adjudicated as having engaged in delinquent conduct violating a penal law of the grade of felony. (This applies to crimes committed as a juvenile.)
  • Has not made any material misrepresentation, or failed to disclose any material fact, in application or request for an application.
  • Has not been convicted of two drug or alcohol class A or B misdemeanors in the 10 years preceding the date of application.
Questions? Email me at Instructor@chl-tx.com, or call 214 269-1171 (best time to call is noon hour or between 4:30-8:00pm)

Texas Certified Concealed Handgun Instructor

Certificate #01528065

Gun-related links

Texas Concealed Handgun Association (used to be for instructors only, now open to any interested person)
Texas Concealed Handgun Times
Texas Law on Concealed Handguns (PDF)
Traveling with a Concealed Handgun
'Reverend' Dan's CHL reciprocity page
A Nation of Cowards
What if the government had to obey gun-control laws?
Online Gun Auction Site
Gun Control is not Working in the UK
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This page last updated 7 November 2007

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