It is in the news daily that guns and ammunition are selling at record rates. This article is to help you understand some of the current law regarding your right to bear arms, primarily the places you are not allowed to carry in Texas. Concealed license holders have a more extensive set of rules that are not focused on here.
In Texas, if you are not disqualified from firearm possession, Penal Code section 46.02 now allows you to lawfully carry a handgun 1) on your own premises or premises under your control; and 2) inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle that is owned by you or under your control (so long as (A) the handgun is not in plain view (i.e. is concealed), (B) you are not engaged in criminal activity other than a Class C traffic misdemeanor and (C) you are not a member of a criminal street gang). “Premises”in the section includes real property and recreational vehicles that are used as living quarters.
This law expands the right of qualified citizens to carry in their cars and on their way to their cars. But, this law strictly requires that, while bearing arms, you not be committing any violation of the law outside of a class C traffic offense. DWI, carrying prescription medicine outside of a properly-labelled bottle, possessing marijuana, and even reckless driving can make you unlawfully carrying a weapon. A violation of this statute is a Class A misdemeanor (up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine), but if committed on any premises licensed to sell alcoholic beverages it becomes a third degree felony (2-10 years, up to $10,000 fine). The law prohibits doing so intentionally knowingly or recklessly. Recklessly means that you are aware but consciously disregard a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the circumstances exist or the result will occur.