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TEXAS STATE CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS   

TEXAS CONCEALED HANDGUN LAWS GC §411.172.

ELIGIBILITY
(a)   A person is eligible for a license to carry a concealed handgun
if the person:
     (1) is a legal resident of this state for the six-month period
          preceding the date of application under this subchapter or is otherwise
         eligible for a license under Section 411.173(a);
     (2) is at least 21 years of age;
     (3) has not been convicted of a felony;
     (4) is not charged with the commission of a Class A or Class B
          misdemeanor or an offense under Section 42.01, Penal Code, or of a
          felony under an information or indictment;
     (5) is not a fugitive from justice for a felony or a Class A or Class
          B misdemeanor;
     (6) is not a chemically dependent person;
     (7) is not incapable of exercising sound judgment with respect to
          the proper use and storage of a handgun;
     (8) has not, in the five years preceding the date of application, been
          convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or an offense under
          Section 42.01, Penal Code;
     (9) is fully qualified under applicable federal and state law to
          purchase a handgun;
   (10) has not been finally determined to be delinquent in making a
          child support payment administered or collected by the attorney
          general;
   (11) has not been finally determined to be delinquent in the
          payment of a tax or other money collected by the comptroller, the tax
          collector of a political subdivision of the state, or any agency or subdivision
          of the state;
   (12) has not been finally determined to be in default on a loan
          made under Chapter 57, Education Code;
   (13) is not currently restricted under a court protective order or
          subject to a restraining order affecting the spousal relationship, other
          than a restraining order solely affecting property interests;
   (14) has not, in the 10 years preceding the date of application,
          been adjudicated as having engaged in delinquent conduct violating a
          penal law of the grade of felony; and
  (15) has not made any material misrepresentation, or failed to
         disclose any material fact, in an application submitted pursuant to
         Section 411.174 or in a request for application submitted pursuant to
         Section 411.175.

(b) For the purposes of this section, an offense under the laws of
      this state, another state, or the United States is:
    (1) a felony if the offense, at the time of a person's application for
          a license to carry a concealed handgun:
           (A) is designated by a law of this state as a felony;
           (B) contains all the elements of an offense designated by a law
                 of this state as a felony; or
           (C) is punishable by confinement for one year or more in a
                 penitentiary ; and
    (2) a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is not a felony and
         confinement in a jail other than a state jail felony facility is affixed as a
         possible punishment.

(c) An individual who has been convicted two times within
      the10-year period preceding the date on which the person applies for
      a license of an offense of the grade of Class B misdemeanor or greater
      that involves the use of alcohol or a controlled substance as a statutory
      element of the offense is a chemically dependent person for
      purposes of this section and is not qualified to receive a license under
      this subchapter. This subsection does not preclude the disqualification
      of an individual for being a chemically dependent person if other
      evidence exists to show that the person is a chemically dependent
      person.

(d) For purposes of Subsection (a)(7), a person is incapable of
exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage
of a handgun if the person:
     (1) has been diagnosed by a licensed physician as suffering from
           a psychiatric disorder or condition that causes or is likely to cause
           substantial impairment in judgment, mood, perception, impulse
           control, or intellectual ability;
     (2) suffers from a psychiatric disorder or condition described by
           Subdivision (1) that:
            (A) is in remission but is reasonably likely to redevelop at a
                  future time; or
            (B) requires continuous medical treatment to avoid redevelopment;
     (3) has been diagnosed by a licensed physician or declared by a
           court to be incompetent to manage the person's own affairs; or
     (4) has entered in a criminal proceeding a plea of not guilty by
           reason of insanity.

(e) The following constitutes evidence that a person has a psychiatric
disorder or condition described by Subsection (d)(1):
     (1) involuntary psychiatric hospitalization in the preceding
          five-year period;
     (2) psychiatric hospitalization in the preceding two-year period;
     (3) inpatient or residential substance abuse treatment in the
          preceding five-year period;
     (4) diagnosis in the preceding five-year period by a licensed
           physician that the person is dependent on alcohol, a controlled
           substance, or a similar substance; or
     (5) diagnosis at any time by a licensed physician that the person
           suffers or has suffered from a psychiatric disorder or condition
           consisting of or relating to:
            (A) schizophrenia or delusional disorder;
            (B) bipolar disorder;
            (C) chronic dementia, whether caused by illness, brain defect,
                  or brain injury;
            (D) dissociative identity disorder;
            (E) intermittent explosive disorder; or
            (F) antisocial personality disorder.

(f) Notwithstanding Subsection (d), a person who has previously
been diagnosed as suffering from a psychiatric disorder or condition
described by Subsection (d) or listed in Subsection (e) is not because
of that disorder or condition incapable of exercising sound judgment
with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun if the person
provides the department with a certificate from a licensed physician
whose primary practice is in the field of psychiatry stating that the
psychiatric disorder or condition is in remission and is not reasonably
likely to develop at a future time. 



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