Texas Handgun Association
The Texas Handgun Association, formally the Texas Concealed Handgun Association, is a professional organization of License to Carry (LTC) licensees and instructors, law enforcement personnel, and concerned citizens. TxHGA is a Texas 501(c)(4) not-for-profit association.
The Texas Handgun Association began as the Texas Concealed Handgun Instructor Association in 1997, one year after the Texas concealed handgun law, now the license to carry (LTC) law, went into effect. The association’s membership initially consisted of instructors trained by the Texas Department of Public Safety and licensed to teach Texas residents to legally carry handguns under the law.
In 2003, the association expanded its membership to include license holders and anyone interested in carrying a handgun for self defense and changed its name to the Texas Concealed Handgun Association. Then in 2019, the members voted to remove “Concealed” from the name, since Texas recognizes both concealed and open carry, and became the Texas Handgun Association. Currently TxHGA has more than 1,500 membership. The specific objectives and purposes of TxHGA are:
- To promote the continuation and improvement of the Texas License to Carry (LTC) Law.
- To represent the standards and concerns of members to the general public,news media, Texas Department of Public Safety and legislators.
- To promote responsible firearms safety, ownership and use in our communities.
- To provide current information to members about the laws, lesson plans and topics related to the License to Carry program.
- To promote high standards of instruction and training.
- To support the right of responsible, law-abiding citizens to own, keep and lawfully carry firearms for personal protection.
Full membership in the Texas Handgun Association is open to anyone who is not prohibited from purchasing a handgun in the U.S.
Annual, three-year, and life memberships (full and senior) are available. For more information on membership go to TXHGA Membership.
About Texas LTC
DPS administers the License to Carry (LTC) Program under the authority of the Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H. DPS licenses individuals to carry handguns within Texas, evaluates the eligibility of applicants through criminal history background checks and monitors those currently licensed to ensure their continued eligibility. DPS also trains and certifies instructors who teach the required course to applicants.
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