Texas Penal Code
Sec. § 46.035
Unlawful Carrying of Handgun by License Holder


(a)

A license holder commits an offense if the license holder carries a handgun on or about the license holders person under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411 (Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas), Government Code, and intentionally displays the handgun in plain view of another person in a public place. It is an exception to the application of this subsection that the handgun was partially or wholly visible but was carried in a shoulder or belt holster by the license holder.

(a-1)

Notwithstanding Subsection (a), a license holder commits an offense if the license holder carries a partially or wholly visible handgun, regardless of whether the handgun is holstered, on or about the license holders person under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411 (Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas), Government Code, and intentionally displays the handgun in plain view of another person:

(1)

on the premises of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education; or

(2)

on any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education.

(a-1)

Notwithstanding Subsection (a), a license holder commits an offense if the license holder carries a partially or wholly visible handgun, regardless of whether the handgun is holstered, on or about the license holders person under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411 (Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas), Government Code, and intentionally or knowingly displays the handgun in plain view of another person:

(1)

on the premises of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education; or

(2)

on any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education.

(a-2)

Notwithstanding Subsection (a) or Section 46.03 (Places Weapons Prohibited)(a), a license holder commits an offense if the license holder carries a handgun on the campus of a private or independent institution of higher education in this state that has established rules, regulations, or other provisions prohibiting license holders from carrying handguns pursuant to Section 411.2031 (Carrying of Handguns by License Holders on Certain Campuses)(e), Government Code, or on the grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by such an institution is being conducted, or in a passenger transportation vehicle of such an institution, regardless of whether the handgun is concealed, provided the institution gives effective notice under Section 30.06 (Trespass by License Holder With a Concealed Handgun).

(a-3)

Notwithstanding Subsection (a) or Section 46.03 (Places Weapons Prohibited)(a), a license holder commits an offense if the license holder intentionally carries a concealed handgun on a portion of a premises located on the campus of an institution of higher education in this state on which the carrying of a concealed handgun is prohibited by rules, regulations, or other provisions established under Section 411.2031 (Carrying of Handguns by License Holders on Certain Campuses)(d-1), Government Code, provided the institution gives effective notice under Section 30.06 (Trespass by License Holder With a Concealed Handgun) with respect to that portion.

(b)

A license holder commits an offense if the license holder intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries a handgun under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411 (Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas), Government Code, regardless of whether the handgun is concealed or carried in a shoulder or belt holster, on or about the license holders person:

(1)

on the premises of a business that has a permit or license issued under Chapter 25, 28 (Mixed Beverage Permit), 32 (Private Club Registration Permit), 69 (Retail Dealers On-premise License), or 74 (Brewpub License), Alcoholic Beverage Code, if the business derives 51 percent or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption, as determined by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission under Section 104.06 (Monitoring of Gross Receipts), Alcoholic Beverage Code;

(2)

on the premises where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting event or interscholastic event is taking place, unless the license holder is a participant in the event and a handgun is used in the event;

(3)

on the premises of a correctional facility;

(4)

on the premises of a hospital licensed under Chapter 241 (Hospitals), Health and Safety Code, or on the premises of a nursing facility licensed under Chapter 242 (Convalescent and Nursing Facilities and Related Institutions), Health and Safety Code, unless the license holder has written authorization of the hospital or nursing facility administration, as appropriate;

(5)

in an amusement park; or

(6)

on the premises of a civil commitment facility.

(c)

A license holder commits an offense if the license holder intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries a handgun under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411 (Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas), Government Code, regardless of whether the handgun is concealed or carried in a shoulder or belt holster, in the room or rooms where a meeting of a governmental entity is held and if the meeting is an open meeting subject to Chapter 551 (Open Meetings), Government Code, and the entity provided notice as required by that chapter.

(d)

A license holder commits an offense if, while intoxicated, the license holder carries a handgun under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411 (Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas), Government Code, regardless of whether the handgun is concealed or carried in a shoulder or belt holster.

(e)

A license holder who is licensed as a security officer under Chapter 1702 (Private Security), Occupations Code, and employed as a security officer commits an offense if, while in the course and scope of the security officers employment, the security officer violates a provision of Subchapter H, Chapter 411 (Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas), Government Code.

(f)

In this section:

(1)

“Amusement park” means a permanent indoor or outdoor facility or park where amusement rides are available for use by the public that is located in a county with a population of more than one million, encompasses at least 75 acres in surface area, is enclosed with access only through controlled entries, is open for operation more than 120 days in each calendar year, and has security guards on the premises at all times. The term does not include any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area.

(1-a)

“Institution of higher education” and “private or independent institution of higher education” have the meanings assigned by Section 61.003 (Definitions), Education Code.

(2)

“License holder” means a person licensed to carry a handgun under Subchapter H, Chapter 411 (Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas), Government Code.

(3)

“Premises” means a building or a portion of a building. The term does not include any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area.

(g)

An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, unless the offense is committed under Subsection (b)(1) or (b)(3), in which event the offense is a felony of the third degree.

(h)

It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a), (a-1), (a-2), or (a-3) that the actor, at the time of the commission of the offense, displayed the handgun under circumstances in which the actor would have been justified in the use of force or deadly force under Chapter 9 (Offenses Against Public Order and Decency).

(h-1)

It is a defense to prosecution under Subsections (b) and (c) that the actor, at the time of the commission of the offense, was:

(1)

an active judicial officer, as defined by Section 411.201 (Active and Retired Judicial Officers), Government Code; or

(2)

a bailiff designated by the active judicial officer and engaged in escorting the officer.

(h-1)

It is a defense to prosecution under Subsections (b)(1), (2), (4), and (5) and (c) that at the time of the commission of the offense, the actor was:

(1)

a judge or justice of a federal court;

(2)

an active judicial officer, as defined by Section 411.201 (Active and Retired Judicial Officers), Government Code; or

(3)

the attorney general or a United States attorney, assistant United States attorney, assistant attorney general, district attorney, assistant district attorney, criminal district attorney, assistant criminal district attorney, county attorney, or assistant county attorney.

(i)

Subsections (b)(4), (b)(5), and (c) do not apply if the actor was not given effective notice under Section 30.06 (Trespass by License Holder With a Concealed Handgun) or 30.07 (Trespass by License Holder With an Openly Carried Handgun).

(j)

Subsections (a), (a-1), (a-2), (a-3), and (b)(1) do not apply to a historical reenactment performed in compliance with the rules of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

(k)

It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (b)(1) that the actor was not given effective notice under Section 411.204 (Notice Required on Certain Premises), Government Code.

(l)

Subsection (b)(2) does not apply on the premises where a collegiate sporting event is taking place if the actor was not given effective notice under Section 30.06 (Trespass by License Holder With a Concealed Handgun).

(m)

It is a defense to prosecution under Subsections (b) and (c) that the actor is volunteer emergency services personnel engaged in providing emergency services.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 229, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 10.04, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1261, Sec. 26, 27, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 14.833, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 976 (H.B. 1813), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1214 (H.B. 1889), Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 2007.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1222 (H.B. 2300), Sec. 5, eff. June 15, 2007.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 687 (H.B. 2664), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 72 (S.B. 299), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 437 (H.B. 910), Sec. 47, eff. January 1, 2016.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 437 (H.B. 910), Sec. 48, eff. January 1, 2016.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 438 (S.B. 11), Sec. 4, eff. August 1, 2016.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 438 (S.B. 11), Sec. 5, eff. August 1, 2016.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 593 (S.B. 273), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 34 (S.B. 1576), Sec. 32, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 15.004, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 15.005, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1143 (H.B. 435), Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1143 (H.B. 435), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 520 (S.B. 535), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 520 (S.B. 535), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2019.
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