License To Carry (formally called Concealed Handgun License) Class FAQs

How do I sign up for a License To Carry (formally called Concealed Handgun License) Class?

We have our class schedule listed on our website. Select the date you would like to attend from our class list, then click the "Register" button. Complete the registration steps and you will be enrolled in that class.

What are the steps to getting a License To Carry (LTC) formally called Concealed Handgun License (CHL)?

Step 1: Attend one of our License To Carry Classes
Step 2: Pass the required Shooting proficiency test
Step 3: Complete the Texas DPS Online Application at the Texas DPS website.
Step 4: Have Your Electronic Fingerprints taken with MorphoTrust USA.
Step 5: Upload Your CHL-100 and any supporting documentation to Texas DPS from the Contact Us Page at the Website.

What does LTC stand for?

License To Carry or (LTC). As of January 1, 2016 people who obtain a license from the state will be allowed to openly carry a firearm if desired on their waist or shoulder in a holster. The State no longer will refer to your carry license as a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) because the requirement for concealment of the firearm at all times has been removed after 1/1/2016.

What kind of ammunition can I use for the Shooting proficiency test.

You can use any type of factory ammunition - Full Metal Jacket, Jacketed Hollow Point, round nose, frangible, etc. You CANNOT use reloaded ammunition or ammunition that has a steel core bullet (potential fire hazard). Steel core ammo is pretty rare, but if you're wondering, put a magnet to it the projectile. If it's magnetic, you can't use it.

Will we have a break for lunch or should I pack a lunch? (Seriously, this is one of our most asked questions.)

As our schedule indicates, we work a lunch break in around the travel to and from the range. On some occasions, we may suggest the last group of shooters bring something back to the class to eat, as we usually do, so we can get on with the class and not run way past the time most people expect to finish.

What all is included in your class fee?

Our class fee covers the instruction and testing necessary to provide you with a CHL-100 Form, The Certificate of Proficiency, required by the Texas Department of Safety to issue your license.

What is not included is:
1) the range fee - which occurs on class day (typically less than $20)
2) the cost of your ammo - 1 box of 50 rounds of ammo is needed on class day to the take shooting exam
3) electronic fingerprints (approximately $10 - Paid to MorphoTrust USA)
4) the DPS License Fee (Paid to the State of Texas)

Do you have separate classes for CHL renewals?

A class is no longer required for renewal. Anyone who is up for renewal is welcome to attend one of our classes for refresher training, but no certificate of training is required for renewals. Renewals are all done on line at the Texas DPS website.

What are the age requirements on your License To Carry (formally called Concealed Handgun License) classes?

To get a license to carry you have to be 21. However, the class paperwork does not expire until 2 years from your course date. This means that a 19 or 20 year old can take the License To Carry course but they will not be able to file for their license until they are 21. We recommend 20 years or older to come to the class.

I have a groupon for a CHL class and it is expired. Can I use it?

As far as we are concerned Groupon vouchers do not expire and you can take a class before or after the expiration date on the Groupon voucher.

I need to reschedule my class date. What do I do?

Please contact us via email when you need to reschedule or cancel a class. The best way to contact us is to respond from the email we sent to you confirming your original class registration. This emails the appropriate staff member so we may take you out of the class you cannot attend. If you know what class date you want to move into, please let us know the date and we will move you into that class in our system. If you do not know that is fine... we will put you in our pending list and you can pick a date in the future when you know your schedule better.

I have had my fingerprints taken. Do I have to have my fingerprints taken again?

The state requires "ALL" CHL licensees to have their fingerprints taken electronically through MorphoTrust USA. Even if one has previously had their fingerprints taken for another purpose they will need to have them taken again. No one is exempt from this requirement. Cost for electronic fingerprints is $9.95.

I thought the License To Carry class (formally called CHL class) was now only 4 hours, so why are your classes from 9am to 4:30pm?

The revised law (Sept. 2013) doesn't say 4 hours. What it says is: "The classroom instruction part of the course must include not less than four hours and not more than six hours of instruction." This does not include the Shooting Proficiency Test or the written test or any breaks. In our 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. day, you get your classroom instruction in, your shooting proficiency and your written test in plus we actually give you a little time to eat lunch and stretch your legs.

I have a CHL. Do I need to get a different license to open carry?

No. As of January 1, 2016 your CHL license allows you to open carry a firearm in either a shoulder holster or a holster attached to your belt.

Can I use a revolver for my CHL proficiency test?

Yes. The State has removed the restriction on the type of handgun you can carry versus the one with which you qualify. You can qualify with either and carry either.

Do I have to have a license to open carry a firearm?

Yes. You must complete the required License To Carry class, complete the state required application and pass the required background check and then receive a License To Carry that is provided to you by the state. You cannot carry a firearm openly or concealed without the completion of these licensing steps.

Do you have a firing range at your facility in North Richland Hills?

No, we do not. We do our classroom work at the Texas Gun Pros Training Center and our shooting just down the road at The Shooting Gallery, which is located at 6054 East Lancaster in Fort Worth. That's at the intersection of Loop 820 and Lancaster Blvd. (Exit 30B). Your range fees (typically less than $20) will be in addition to our class fee for CHL and NRA classes.

I don't have a handgun yet. Do you have a loaner?

There are two options available for the CHL class if you don't have a firearm: 1) We'll loan you one of ours. 2) You can rent one from the range for around $10. The only reason to rent one would be if you're considering a particular handgun and want to try before you buy, the range will probably have one of what you're considering.

Others advertise "One Stop Shopping - Everything Supplied" or something to that effect. What's the deal?

Those are old ads left over from the days when everything was done with paper - paper applications, three different affidavits that had to be notarized, messy fingerprints, etc. Now, DPS lets you do your application online with no requirement for a notary. Also, they only accept online fingerprints, so no CHL instructors are doing fingerprints in their classes anymore. We do provide your passport photos and everything you need to send to DPS for your license with the acception of the online application and online fingerprints.

How can I best prepare for the Shooting Proficiency Test?

First, it's not a hard test but you will need to know how to operate your gun and shoot it safely. If you're bringing a gun to use, make sure it is a gun that you know works, just like you would want a gun to work if you were depending on it to save your life. Here are a few tips: Number one is clean your gun. Even if it's a brand new gun, cleaning it will help prevent malfunctions on the range. Number two, familiarize yourself with your gun. If it's new to you, at least do some dry-firing and practice loading and unloading at home before you come to the range. And finally, please bring a reliable gun. If you don't have one, or are not sure, let us know and we'll loan you one. If you try to qualify with a gun that is unsafe or that malfunctions every round or two, we'll stop you and get you to use another gun. If you do not know how to operate a gun you won't be able to complete the shooting proficiency test.

NRA Class FAQs

Do you supply guns and ammo for your basic pistol course?

Yes, we do. This course involves shooting with .22 caliber handguns, which we supply. However, the range fee (typically less than $20) will be the responsibility of each student.

What about bringing our own firearm to the NRA course.

Although we supply the firearms for the NRA Basic Pistol Class you are welcome to bring yours - unloaded to the classroom - and later you will be able to shoot it at the range.

Why would I take one of these NRA Safety and Training Courses?

These courses are designed to teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating firearms safely. If firearms are going to be around the house it is of the utmost importance for you and your family to know how to operate them safely.

What are the age requirements on your Handgun 101 or Basic Pistol classes?

There is no age minimum, however, we recommend that if you want to bring your kids there needs to be a maturity level so class material can be understood.

Gun Buying FAQs

You used to do low-cost FFL transfers. Why not any more?

We have worked diligently with a variety of suppliers to be able to provide our customers with an excellent selection of firearms. We are firm believers in supporting local businesses and we realized one day that with our low cost FFL transfer fees we were encouraging gun buyers to send their money to states like OH, KY, MI, WI, UT, etc. rather than supporting the local Texas gun dealers. It is important for Texas citizens to patronize the businesses they want to be in their communities. We also have found it to be somewhat discouraging to have a person come in our store and spend 30 minutes to an hour handling our merchandise, asking questions, looking at options, then leave and go buy online one of the guns they looked at in our store to save the sales tax. Yet these same people are glad Texas doesn't have an income tax and does have good roads, fire departments, etc. that Texas Sales Tax pays for. They're also glad we were there to help them with their gun-buying decision. To encourage gun buyers to purchase from us or other local dealers in Texas we have increased the FFL fee to $40 on all firearms available through our normal supply channels.

Explain "In-Stock"

In-Stock has two meanings for us. If you find the gun listed on our Home Page or our local guns page, "in-stock" means it is at our North Richland Hills Location ready for pickup. If you're looking at either of our online catalogs - or our Davidson's sponsored catalog, "in-stock" means one or more of our distributors has it and upon purchase it will be shipped to our NRH location. Handguns are shipped via 2-Day Air and long guns are shipped via ground.

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