The Texas License to Carry (LTC) a Handgun, commonly known as the concealed handgun license or permit, is the license required in Texas to conceal or open carry a handgun in public. In 2018 the Texas legislature passed HB 3784, allowing the 4-hour classroom portion of the course to be completed online and at your own pace. These courses typically range from $49-$60 and are provided by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) approved training providers. A link to the State’s list of DPS approved schools is provided in the link below.
Upon completion of the online course, you will receive your LTC101 form, and you can schedule your LTC range qualification with a Texas Qualified LTC Instructor. Qualification costs typically range between $60-$80 including range fees. The course of fire involves shooting a total of 50 rounds at a B27 human-shaped silhouette target from 9 feet, 21 feet, and 45 feet. All shooting is from the ready position, which means the gun is already in your hands. No holster shooting or shooting from concealed is required. A score of 70%, or 175 points of a possible 250, is required to pass. This ensures minimum weapons handling only, no tactical skill or knowledge is taught or demonstrated.
The Texas LTC classroom course teaches Texas law related to concealed and open carry. The course covers four specific areas:
- Weapon Law
- Laws that relate to weapons and to the use of deadly force
- Handgun Use and Safety
- Including use of holders and methods to ensure the secure carrying of handguns
- Non-Violent Dispute Resolution
- De-escalation techniques including communication skills and situational awareness
- Safe Storage Practices
- handgun storage options and laws relating to storage
The Texas LTC Course does not teach shooting or proficiency with a pistol, knowledge you will need to qualify on the range, and how to effectively carry a pistol every day. The Combat Concealed Pistol Course teaches all of these topics, and provides hands-on application to leave you feeling confident and secure when having to handle your weapon.