Unlawful Carrying Weapons

Penal Code Section 46.02

Unlawful Carrying Weapons

(a)A person commits an offense if the person:

(1)intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun;

(2)at the time of the offense:

(A)is younger than 21 years of age; or

(B)has been convicted of an offense under Section 22.01 (Assault)(a)(1), 22.05 (Deadly Conduct), 22.07 (Terroristic Threat), or 42.01 (Disorderly Conduct)(a)(7) or (8) committed in the five-year period preceding the date the instant offense was committed; and

(3)is not:

(A)on the person’s own premises or premises under the person’s control; or

(B)inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control.

(a-1)A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun in a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control at any time in which:

(1)the handgun is in plain view, unless the person is 21 years of age or older or is licensed to carry a handgun under Subchapter H (Definitions), Chapter 411 (Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas), Government Code, and the handgun is carried in a holster; or

(2)the person is:

(A)engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic or boating; or

(B)prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.

(a-2)For purposes of this section, “premises” includes real property and a recreational vehicle that is being used as living quarters, regardless of whether that use is temporary or permanent. In this subsection, “recreational vehicle” means a motor vehicle primarily designed as temporary living quarters or a vehicle that contains temporary living quarters and is designed to be towed by a motor vehicle. The term includes a travel trailer, camping trailer, truck camper, motor home, and horse trailer with living quarters.

(a-3)For purposes of this section, “watercraft” means any boat, motorboat, vessel, or personal watercraft, other than a seaplane on water, used or capable of being used for transportation on water.

(a-4)A person commits an offense if the person:

(1)intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a location-restricted knife;

(2)is younger than 18 years of age at the time of the offense; and

(3)is not:

(A)on the person’s own premises or premises under the person’s control;

(B)inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control; orunder the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian of the person.

(a-5)A person commits an offense if the person carries a handgun and intentionally displays the handgun in plain view of another person in a public place. It is an exception to the application of this subsection that the handgun was partially or wholly visible but was carried in a holster.

(a-6)A person commits an offense if the person:

(1)carries a handgun while the person is intoxicated; and

(2)is not:

(A)on the person’s own property or property under the person’s control or on private property with the consent of the owner of the property; or

(B)inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft:

(i)that is owned by the person or under the person’s control; or

(ii)with the consent of the owner or operator of the vehicle or watercraft.

(a-7)A person commits an offense if the person:

(1)intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun;

(2)is not:

(A)on the person’s own premises or premises under the person’s control; or

(B)inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control; and

(3)at the time of the offense, was prohibited from possessing a firearm under Section 46.04 (Unlawful Possession of Firearm)(a), (b), or (c).

(a-8)If conduct constituting an offense under Subsection (a-7) constitutes an offense under another provision of law, the actor may be prosecuted under Subsection (a-7) or under both provisions.

(b)Except as provided by Subsection (d) or (e), an offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

(c)Repealed by Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 809 (H.B. 1927), Sec. 26(8), eff. September 1, 2021.

(d)An offense under Subsection (a-4) is a Class C misdemeanor.

(e)An offense under Subsection (a-7) is:

(1)a felony of the second degree with a minimum term of imprisonment of five years, if the actor was prohibited from possessing a firearm under Section 46.04 (Unlawful Possession of Firearm)(a); or

(2)a felony of the third degree, if the actor was prohibited from possessing a firearm under Section 46.04 (Unlawful Possession of Firearm)(b) or (c).