Course Description

Texas DPS approved four-hour online License to Carry course.

  • Basics of Texas Handgun Laws
  • Handgun Use and Safety
  • Non-Violent Dispute Resolution
  • Proper Storage Practices

 

Texas License to Carry became effective on January 1, 2016 and covers both the former Concealed Handgun License (CHL) and the new Open Carry law. Those with a valid CHL may continue to use their CHL license until it expires. To legally carry a handgun, whether concealed or open with shoulder or belt holster, you must complete four hours of classroom (or online) training and one to two hours of range training plus proficiency test with a licensed gun instructor.  There is a separate charge for the range portion of the training.

Module 1 Overview

Our online handgun training course is broken down into four distinct modules:
Module 1: Texas Gun Laws
Module 2: Gun Safety
Module 3: Non-Violent Dispute Resolution
Module 4: Gun Storage

Each module has its place in providing a well-rounded education of handguns, proper etiquette and using them in real life. Following our modules in the order that they are presented is key to ensuring you finish this online handgun training course with the proper understanding you need to be a responsible handgun owner. All the course content is provided online. As you login you will go to your dashboard and click ‘My Course’ where you will find a list of each module.

Here we will focus on Module 1: Texas Gun Laws. In this first module in our online handgun course you will learn about the laws that relate to weapons and to the use of deadly force. Please stay within the confines of the law. This module specifically covers Texas Gun Laws and the safety and mechanics of firing a handgun in the state of Texas.

Module 1: Texas Gun Laws

This module can be broken down into three sections:
Section 1: Constitutional Framework – the primary legal documents that define the rights of an individual and the authority of government over those rights. The U.S. Supreme Court is the legal authority to explain and interpret constitutional provisions.

These provisions are written as case laws. As our 2nd Amendment reads:

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of a people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

This 2nd Amendment adopted on December 15, 1791, is the key provision directed to ownership of firearms. This amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The state of Texas also has a framework in place to protect the individual’s right to bear arms.

As it notes:
“The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited; but nothing herein contained shall prevent the legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons.”

This 2nd Amendment adopted on December 15, 1791, is the key provision directed to ownership of firearms. This amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The state of Texas also has a framework in place to protect the individual’s right to bear arms.

As it notes:
“The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited; but nothing herein contained shall prevent the legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons.”

This framework therefore allows the right of all individuals to defend themselves or the state, but thelegislature has power by law to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.

In order to get a better grasp of Texas Gun Laws it’s important to understand some basic key terms as it relates to gun law.

  • Assault: a person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury,
    threatens another with bodily injury or causes physical contact with another when they know it will be
    perceived by the other as offensive.
  • Imminent danger: danger that is pressing, urgent or immediate.
  • Non-Deadly force: any non-consensual offensive touching of another person with the intent to harm.
  • Deadly force: force likely or intended to cause death or serious bodily harm.
  • Self-defense: it’s the government’s responsibility to protect its citizens from harm but the state law
    recognizes that a citizen may have to act in self-defense where a threat is imminent.
Section 2: Provisions in the Law a.k.a. Stand Your Ground Law
As a License Carrying Citizen you don’t have any additional rights as a citizen in the event of a shooting so it’s important to know your provisions in the law.
You have the right to stand your ground and not retreat:

• You had a legal right to be present
• Not committing a criminal act
• Can’t have provoked the person who used deadly force

Defense of home, vehicle or business allows you to defend yourself or another in the case of a threat.
Actions taken with firearms that are considered legal actions of force:

• Displaying or flashing a firearm with intent to harm another
• Brandishing or threatening
• Pointing a firearm
• Firing or discharging a firearm
• Committing a battery with a firearm

Section 3: Texas Penal Codes
These codes are extensive and very important to you to know as a handgun owner. Be sure to study
these intently when you take our online handgun training course.
In Summary
As you can discover from our brief overview of the first module about the Texas Gun Laws there is a lot
to learn about these laws. We are confident that by taking our course you will get a detailed overview of
each distinct portion of gun laws in the state of Texas. Sign up today to get started!