Texas Handgun Association

The Texas Handgun Association, formerly 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.

Introducing the New President of the Texas Handgun Association...

The Board of Directors of the Texas Handgun Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Wallace Dunn as the association’s next president. Mr. Dunn brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and an array of experiences.

Wallace Dunn grew up in El Paso, Texas. While he wasn’t born in Texas, he did get here as quick as he could, at the tender age of 11 months.

Wallace joined the United States Army in 1975. While in the Army he attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, gaining certification as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst. He served briefly with the Portland Police Bureau Intelligence Division. He then transferred to the Regional Organized Crime Narcotics Task Force where he was the supervisory Captain for the Intelligence Section. While in this assignment he worked closely with the United States District Attorney’s office on prosecution of many Federal drug cases. Mr. Dunn was an active member of the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association, and the Western States Intelligence Network.

Mr. Dunn then served as the Operations Officer for the Oregon National Guard’s Counter-Drug Support Program. In this capacity he supported law enforcement activities throughout the State of Oregon. Wallace retired from the Army in 1997 with the rank of Captain.

He soon began a second career working in the oil fields around Odessa Texas and is a salesman for oil field companies that serve the Permian Basin area. He is a Board Member for Medical Center Health System, and the Permian Basin International Oil Show, both in Odessa, TX.

Wallace is an Instructor for Texas License to Carry, Texas School Safety Instructor, NRA Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, and a Pistol Instructor certified by the United States Concealed Carry Association.

Wallace is an active member of the Texas State Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owner’s of America, Texas Gun Rights, and he is a Life Endowment member of the National Rifle Association.


Charter Arms, Police Undercover, .38 special, Raffle Winner

The Charter Arms “Police Undercover”, .38 special raffle did take place as announced at the beginning of the board meeting on March 29, 2020 in Kerrville, Texas.  Congratulations to the winner, Michael D. of West, Texas!!!

About TxHGA

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.

About Membership

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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