thank you for showing interest in the Texas License To Carry (LTC) a handgun.
We at EL Training Team feel strongly that all responsible adults should take personal ownership of their own protection. We feel that getting the LTC and actually carrying a handgun in Texas and over 30 other states is one of several steps that an individual can take in that direction. Because of that, we have taught the Texas License To Carry (formerly Concealed Handgun License) class since nearly the beginning of the program. So, after you verify your Eligibility and make sure you understand the Costs involved, you can start your application process!
just follow these simple steps (see Why In This Order for our reasons for recommending taking the steps in this order):
Texas is a "Shall-Issue" state, which means that by law, the state is required to issue your license if you are eligible and have submitted
all your appication documents and fees. Since it is a non-refundable application fee, it is in your best interest to verify that you are eligible
BEFORE sending your money to the state. This is not difficult, and we can help you verify your eligibility.
The eligibility requirements are in GC §411.172. A simplified summary says an eligible person:
* Some exceptions (see GC §411.172 for details)
The License To Carry (LTC) class is NOT a "How To Shoot" class. As the name of the Proficiency Demonstration implies, the shooting portion of getting your LTC allows you to demonstrate that you are proficient with your firearm. Proficiency in this sense means being able to safely handle and operate a handgun and being able to score at least 70% of the 250 points possible (175 minimum passing score) on a B27 Target (shown). Scoring is 5 points for shots in the 8, 9, 10 and X rings; 4 points for shots in the 7 ring, and 3 points for shots in the color outside the rings. If you don't feel comfortable with that, we can help get you ready with your choice of the LTC Prep, or the NRA Basic Pistol classes.
Per the TX DPS, the Proficiency Demonstration (PDF) consists of 50 shots fired from 3 distances:
Bottom line, if you can hit the roughly 10"x18" 5-point zone at 3 and 7 yards, that is 80% of the points available. You have already qualified as long as you don't do anything unsafe. You still have to fire the shots at 15 yards, but at this point, it is just icing on the cake.