Sept. 1, 2021, is the effective date for several new laws in Texas, one of which allows law-abiding Texans age 21 and above to carry a handgun without a license.
Commonly referred to as “constitutional carry” (derived from the Second Amendment of the Constitution) or “permitless carry,” HB 1927, signed by Governor Greg Abbott, sets Texas among the ranks of four other states – Utah, Montana, Iowa, and Tennessee – that enacted constitutional carry in some form this year. Interestingly, “Vermont carry” is another name that has been used describe constitutional carry, and this is because Vermont is the only state that has never required a concealed carry permit.
With Texas coming into the fold as a constitutional carry state, the number of states not requiring permits for the open or concealed carry of handguns has now reached 20.
Concealed carry training remains important
When states like Texas move to constitutional carry, people often ask the question “Why would I need concealed carry training now?” For that, we have a few answers.
Get reciprocity in several other states
First, although you no longer will need a permit to carry a firearm within your state, if you plan to travel across state lines with a firearm, you should still obtain your Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit. Reciprocity agreements among select states validate your CCW permit from your home state. Check out this Texas Reciprocity Map, for example. In Texas, 24 states reciprocate the Texas CCW permit. Add to that the constitutional carry states, and the number of states in which law-abiding, CCW-permitted Texans can concealed carry comes to 37 (as of September 1, 2021).
Become a more responsibly armed citizen
Second, concealed carry training, such as courses offered by Concealed Coalition, helps you become a more responsibly armed citizen. It also arms you (no pun intended) with tools and knowledge you may not find in traditional firearms classes. Concealed carry training subject matter encompasses the following:
- Gun laws by state (and what’s off-limits even in constitutional carry states)
- Best practices for interacting with law enforcement
- Direction on dealing with self defense legal battles
- Child access prevention
- And much more
If you’ve been through concealed carry training but it has been years since your last course, think of this experience as a type of continuing education course. It’s natural for our skills to get rusty over time – and for us to forget critical information that could help us most when panic sets in during a crisis. Refreshing and enhancing formerly acquired skills puts us in the best defensive stance possible, and could better position you for the legal aftermath that will follow a self-defense event.
Join a concealed carry coalition of like-minded people
Whether you concealed carry train through Concealed Coalition or through another concealed carry training company, you’ll be joining a community of like-minded citizens who value protecting what matters most. Training from multi-state certified trainers not only helps you go from concerned to confident as a defensive firearm user – it also expands your network of contacts and companies that value what you value: real-word solutions to inspiring hope and extinguishing fear.
You’ll find that Concealed Coalition consistently provides valuable information across social media. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, for instance, for the Tuesday Tip of the Day, where we partner with people like Austin Davis of Virtual Tactical Academy to talk all things gunshot wound kits, the importance of cleaning your firearm, possible ramifications that come from using your firearm, and more. In addition, we run the Concealed Coalition Facebook group to facilitate even more relationship building opportunities among law-abiding, firearm-owning people across the United States.
The other firearm-related legal change in Texas
Texas’ HB 1927 includes another firearm-related legal change that is, for obvious reasons, getting less attention than the constitutional carry part of the law.
Also effective Sept. 1, law-abiding, firearm-carrying citizens age 21 and over can now choose the placement of their gun holster on their body. Prior to Sept. 1, Texans had been required to keep their handguns in either shoulder or belt holsters. Starting Sept. 1, holsters must still be used, but they don’t have to be limited to the shoulder or belt regions.
HB 1927 does not alter who is eligible for gun ownership or who can apply for a concealed carry permit. See the Summary of Texas Gun Laws for a list of concealed carry applicant qualifications and requirements, information on where you can and cannot carry a concealed firearm in Texas, and other weapon-related FAQs in Texas.