Protect Thyself Services (PTS)
Texas License to Carry Handgun /Basic Pistol / Personal Protection Instruction (Tarrant/Wise County)
    HOUSE BILL 121
    Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of trespass by certain
    persons carrying handguns.
    Amends Penal Code §30.06 and §30.07 by providing license holders with
    a defense to prosecution when the license holder was personally given
    notice by oral communication and promptly departed from the property.

    HOUSE BILL 302
    Relating to the carrying, storage, or possession of a firearm or firearm
    ammunition by certain persons on certain residential or commercial
    Prohibits landlords from restricting tenants and their guests from
    possessing firearms and ammunition, unless possession on a landlord’s
    property is prohibited by state or federal law.
    Amends Penal Code §30.05, §30.06, and §30.07 by providing license
    holders with a defense to prosecution for individuals who are the owners,
    tenants, or guests.

    HOUSE BILL 1143
    Relating to the transportation or storage of a handgun or other firearm or
    ammunition by a handgun license holder in a school parking area.
    Prohibits school districts or open-enrollment charter schools from
    regulating the manner in which a handgun, firearm, or ammunition is stored
    in a locked, privately owned or leased motor vehicle that is in a parking lot,
    parking garage, or other parking area provided by the district or charter

    HOUSE BILL 1177
    Relating to carrying a handgun during a state of disaster.
    Amends Penal Code §46.15, removing the provisions for unlawful
    carrying of a handgun if the person is not prohibited from possessing a
    firearm and is evacuating from or reentering to an area subject to
    mandatory evacuation during a natural disaster.
    Provides that certain places where the carrying of a handgun is
    prohibited does not apply in situations where the premises is operating as
    an emergency shelter during a state of disaster and the owner, controller,
    operator, or person of apparent authority authorized the carrying of a
    handgun in the shelter.

    HOUSE BILL 1552
    Relating to firearms training for, weapons proficiency of, and carrying of a
    handgun or other firearm by county jailers and qualified retired law
    enforcement officers.
    Amends the License to Carry (LTC) application requirements for former
    Reserve Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) by reducing the total number of
    cumulative years of service with one or more state or local law enforcement
    agencies from 15 years to 10 years.
    Removes the requirement for former Reserve LEOs to maintain and
    report a weapons proficiency certificate to the department as holder of an

    HOUSE BILL 1791
    Relating to the carrying of handguns by license holders on property owned
    or leased by a governmental entity.
    Provides that a state agency or political subdivision of this state may not
    take any action to prohibit a License to Carry (LTC) holder from the lawful
    carrying of a handgun on the premises or other place owned or leased by
    that governmental authority.
    Makes minor changes to existing law governing the complaint process for
    license holders to file with the Texas Attorney General’s Office against
    governmental entities as it relates to this law.
    Note: For more information regarding the complaint process, please visit
    the Texas Attorney General website at:

    HOUSE BILL 2137
    Relating to an application made by certain retired state and federal officers
    to obtain a license to carry a handgun; waiving a fee.
    Changes documentation requirements and waives the fee for a License to
    Carry (LTC) application for retired peace officers and retired federal officers.

    HOUSE BILL 3706
    Relating to a license to carry a handgun for active and retired railroad peace
    officers and special ranger of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers
    Waives the fee for a License to Carry (LTC) application for active and
    retired Railroad Peace Officers and Special Rangers of the Texas and
    Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
    Requires retired Railroad Peace Officer and Special Rangers of the Texas
    and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association applicants to submit
    fingerprints as part of the license application.

    HOUSE BILL 4428
    Relating to the application for and expiration of a license to carry a handgun.
    Changes the expiration date for a License to Carry (LTC) to reflect the
    expiration of the license holder's lawful presence in the United States.
    If there is no definite expiration date for the applicant’s lawful presence,
    the License to Carry (LTC) will expire one year after it is issued.
    If an extension for the license holder’s lawful presence is granted, the
    applicant may apply for a duplicate license with an updated expiration date.
    The duplicate license will expire on the earlier of the licensee’s birthday
    (4th or 5th year, as applicable), the date lawful presence expires, or the first
    anniversary of the date of renewal (if no definite expiration date).

    Relating to the carrying of a handgun by a license holder on the premises of
    certain places of religious worship.
    Amends Penal Code §46.035 to remove the prohibition against carrying in
    a church, synagogue or other established place of religious worship.
    A place of religious worship may still post notice under Penal Code 30.06
    or 30.07 prohibiting the concealed and/or openly carrying of a handgun
    on the premise.
New Laws Impacting LTC from the 86th Texas Legislative
Session (Effective September 1, 2019)