Texas Vehicle Carry Laws
Texas vehicle carry laws vary depending on what type of firearm you have in your vehicle. Long gun and handguns have separate laws that apply to them when you have them in your vehicle.
We will cover the Texas vehicle carry laws for both types of firearms. Remember, the laws we cover only apply to Texas and having firearms in your vehicle in Texas. They do not apply to traveling outside of Texas with firearms in your vehicle.
Texas Handgun Vehicle Laws
Can my handgun be visible in my car in Texas? Yes, if it is in a holster. Texas vehicle carry laws require your handgun to be in a holster if it is visible. This means you can take it off your side in it’s holster and lay it on the passenger seat, stick it between the console and the seat or use a holster that mounts to your dash. The handgun can be loaded or unloaded.
If the handgun is not in a holster it needs to be in it’s case, range bag or something similar. The case or bag can be sitting on your seat and the case or bag can be visible, just not the actual handgun unless it’s in a holster. Either way, you must still be legally qualified to own and posses a handgun under state and federal laws.
Rifle Vehicle Laws
When it comes to carrying a rifle in your vehicle in Texas, there are no laws on how they must be carried. A rifle can be loaded or unloaded. It can be visible or concealed, there are no laws requiring a rifle to be stored in a certain way. You must still be legally able to own and posses a rifle under state and federal laws. It is also not safe to have a un secure , loaded rifle in your vehicle.