Texas License to Carry Classes

The state-mandated course required to obtain a Texas License to Carry. The class covers

1. handgun safety
2. the Texas Penal Code
3. the Government Code
4. restrictions on concealed/open carry
5. use of deadly force
6. legal responsibilities
7. conflict resolution
8. handgun storage
9. other topics

There is a written test and a shooting proficiency test. Also required, separately, are a background check and fingerprinting. We will guide you through the entire process.

Please do not bring a single-action .22 revolver.

Length: 4 hrs + range time
Cost:   $75.00

Private class: our private classroom/range complex NE of McKinney
Cost:   $100.00 + $75.00/person

About the LTC process

1. Know how to shoot already, and own a gun, any caliber. You should know how to safely handle a gun, and load and unload it. You will be tested on basic shooting skills. I can teach a beginner enough in one session to pass the Proficiency test, but you won't learn that in the LTC class.

2. Visit the Department of Public Safety website to start the application process and pay your fee (do not do this on any device without a printer attached). There are several types of discounts applicable to the state fee. If you qualify for any, you may have to submit other documentation.

3. As you finish the application, you will be shown a page with a bar code, and also a checklist of items to send in. Print these.

4. Also, at that time, you will be given the option of scheduling fingerprints. Do that at this time. It is inexpensive ($10.00) and quick (computerized), and there are several convenient places to have it done. They will submit the fingerprints for you, electronically.

5. Sign up for the license training class. When the class is finished, the instructor will give you a signed form CHL-100. Put into a large manila envelope the LTC-100, and any items of supporting documentation listed on your checklist, and send it all to the DPS.

6. You can also upload those items to the DPS website (if you can scan them into a PDF).

7. Wait. The average time is three weeks. They process about 2000 each month.

The caliber requirement has now been eliminated, so people are now allowed to use pistols chambered in such exotic calibers as 5.7x28 and .17 HMR, although these are either rare or expensive. A more common caliber in this range is the iconic .22 LR. There are many .22 pistols and revolvers to choose from, but many of them are very small, like the Beretta "Bobcat". Something the size of a cell phone is not a good choice for a shooting test. If you elect to go this way, I would recommend a longer gun, like one of these:

  * Browning Buckmark
  * Ruger Target (Mark IV recommended)
  * S&W Victory
  * S&W Model 41
  * Colt 1911 (made under license by Walther)

Keep in mind that the .22 is still not generally considered to have sufficient stopping power for self defense. Another option, though harder to find, is the .22 Magnum (.22 WMR), which is very close to the .380 ACP in FBI penetration tests.

Please do not bring a single-action .22 revolver! Those are distinguished by a loading gate on the right side, instead of a cylinder that swings out for loading. People bringing a .22 for the Proficiency are usually not experienced enough to understand the danger in loading a single-action revolver, and I do not want to take the risk.

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LTC (CHL) Links

TX Handgun License Application
Texas LTC Fee Schedule
Reciprocity Agreements
Texas LTC FAQs
Downloadable Forms
Texas Handgun Laws
Texas LTC Conviction Rates (2018)