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Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon

Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon

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On January 1, 2016, it became legal to open and concealed carry handguns in Texas for License to Carry (LTC) or Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders. Although the state strongly supports its residents’ gun rights, it is still against the law to carry firearms or other weapons in specific locations. Additionally, certain individuals are not allowed to carry handguns, such as convicted felons, those with pending criminal charges, alcoholics and addicts, the mentally disabled, or even those with restraining orders against them.

If you have been arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC is ready to defend you. With more than 30 years of legal experience, our Dallas criminal defense lawyers understand what it takes to help our clients obtain the best possible outcome in their case.

Texas Gun Laws

If you have a handgun permit, you can carry your firearm on your property, at your own business, in your vehicle (if it is concealed from public view), in public (if your handgun is in a holster, and if you are not committing a crime. Even with a license, you are not allowed to carry a handgun while under the influence, on school grounds, at a venue where 50 percent of their income derives from alcohol sales (e.g. bars, clubs, or restaurants), at places of worship, at an amusement park, or at certain government meetings.

Unlawful carrying at these locations is considered a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum one-year jail term and a fine no more than $4,000. However, if the crime involved unlawful carry at an establishment with an alcohol license or a correctional facility, it is a third-degree felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine not exceeding $10,000.

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For more information, contact us at (214) 238-9392 to discuss your case with the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC today.


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