texas open carry reciprocity

Texas Handgun Reciprocity

Texas Government Code § 411.173 grants the Governor of the State of Texas the authority to recognize the validity of a license to carry a handgun issued by another state, either by agreement with the other state or by proclamation that such license issued by the other State will be recognized under Texas law.

To enact such an agreement with another State or issue such a proclamation, the Attorney General of the State of Texas must first determine that a background check for each license applicant of another state is initiated by state or local authorities, or an agent of the state or local authorities, before the license is issued.  Furthermore, all such agreements and proclamations that have been issued by Governor require all holders of a license issued by another state to comply with all applicable handgun laws of the State of Texas, and vice versa.

The following states have reciprocal handgun licensing agreements with Texas, which means that Texas honors handgun licenses issued by these states, and these states will honor handgun licenses issued by the State of Texas.  The date these agreements became effective are included in parentheses.

  • Alabama (8/8/2006)
  • Alaska (9/26/2005)
  • Arizona (9/15/1999)
  • Arkansas (2/19/1998)
  • Colorado (12/29/2004)
    • The State of Colorado may honor valid out-of-state permits held only by residents of a reciprocal state. Therefore, Texas handgun licenses issued to non-resident Texans pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 411.173 are not recognized in the State of Colorado
    • The State of Colorado will not recognize a handgun license issued by the State of Texas to anyone under the age of 21.
  • Delaware (11/1/2005)
  • Florida (8/28/2000)
  • Georgia (11/22/2004)
    • Reciprocity with Georgia is “based solely on the status of Georgia’s concealed carry license as a ‘Brady Alternative’ to a gun sale background check as determined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF), given that Georgia’s status does not otherwise evidence that applicants must be eligible to possess a firearm under federal law. Reciprocity is contingent upon the continued status of Georgia’s concealed carry law as a ‘Brady Alternative’ as determined by BATF.”
  • Idaho (8/6/2004)
  • Indiana (11/2/2005)
  • Iowa (4/14/2005)
    • Iowa does not technically have a reciprocal agreement with the State of Texas. However, Texas has issued a proclamation recognizing Iowa handgun licenses and, pursuant to Iowa law, a valid license issued by another state will be recognized as a valid permit to carry weapons.  Therefore, a valid Texas License to Carry will be honored in Iowa, because Iowa’s law recognizing out-of-state handgun licenses has the effect of an agreement with other states (see below). 
    • Pursuant to Iowa Law 724.11A, “a valid permit or license issued by another state to any nonresident of this state shall be considered to be a valid permit or license to carry weapons issued pursuant to this chapter, except that such permit or license shall not be considered to be a substitute for an annual permit to acquire pistols or revolvers issued pursuant to section 724.15” (which covers the acquisition of handguns in Iowa).
  • Kansas (1/30/2007)
    • The State of Kansas may honor valid out-of-state permits held only by residents of a reciprocal state. Therefore, Texas handgun licenses issued to non-resident Texans pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 411.173 are not recognized in the State of Kansas. 
  • Kentucky (9/26/2000)
  • Louisiana (10/5/1998)
  • Michigan (9/21/2005)
    • In accordance with Mich. Comp. Laws § 28.432a(f), the State of Michigan may honor valid out-of-state permits held only by residents of a reciprocal state. Therefore, Texas handgun licenses issued to non-resident Texans pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 411.173 are not recognized in the State of Michigan under its reciprocity agreement with the State of Texas. 
  • Mississippi (8/25/2004)
  • Missouri (9/6/2005)
    • Missouri technically does not have a reciprocity agreement with the State of Texas. However, Texas has issued a proclamation recognizing Missouri handgun licenses, and Missouri law recognizes valid licenses issued from other states, including Texas.  Therefore, a valid Texas License to Carry will be recognized in Missouri, because Missouri’s law recognizing out-of-state handgun licenses has the effect of an agreement. 
    • Missouri does not issue separate handgun licenses. Instead, Missouri designate a handgun “endorsement” on a valid Missouri driver’s license or identification card. 
  • Montana (11/29/2004)
  • Nebraska (2/16/2007)
  • New Mexico (6/22/2012)
    • The State of New Mexico will not recognize a handgun license issued by the State of Texas to anyone under the age of 21.
  • North Carolina (4/19/2004)
  • North Dakota (2/4/2005)
  • Ohio (4/28/2015)
    • The State of Texas only recognizes handgun licenses issued by the State of Ohio on or after March 23, 2015 (3/23/2015).
  • Oklahoma (7/24/1998)
  • Pennsylvania (2/28/2005)
  • South Carolina
    • Reciprocity with South Carolina is “based solely on the status of South Carolina’s concealed carry license as a ‘Brady Alternative’ to a gun sale background check as determined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF), given that South Carolina’s status does not otherwise evidence that applicants must be eligible to possess a firearm under federal law. Reciprocity is contingent upon the continued status of South Carolina’s concealed carry law as a ‘Brady Alternative’ as determined by BATF.”
    • In accordance with the Code of Laws of South Carolina Annotated § 23-31-215 (N), the State of South Carolina may honor valid out-of-state permits held only by residents of a reciprocal state. Therefore, Texas handgun licenses issued to non-resident Texans pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 411.173 are not recognized in the State of South Carolina under its reciprocity agreement with the State of Texas. 
  • South Dakota (9/6/2005)
  • Tennessee (9/7/2000)
  • Utah (8/30/2004)
  • Virginia (9/7/2005)
  • West Virginia (2/21/2012)
  • Wyoming (7/25/2002)

 

The State of Texas has issued unilateral proclamations recognizing handgun licenses issued by the following states, which means that Texas honors handgun licenses issued by these states, but they will not honor handgun licenses issued by the State of Texas.  The date these proclamations became effective are included in parentheses.

  • California (11/18/2005)
  • Connecticut (4/29/2005)
  • Hawaii (1/13/2006)
  • Maryland (11/18/2005)
  • Massachusetts (11/18/2005)
  • Nevada (3/24/2005)
  • New Jersey (11/18/2005)
  • New York (1/13/2006)
  • Rhode Island (1/13/2006)
    • The State of Texas does not recognize Rhode Island handgun licenses issued by local authorities; handgun licenses must be issued by the State of Rhode Island to receive recognition from the State of Texas.
  • Washington (11/18/2005)

 

The following states have no reciprocity agreement with the State of Texas, which means that Texas does not honor handgun licenses issued by these states, and these states will not honor handgun licenses issued by the State of Texas.

  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin

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