Texas Handgun Association

Full membership in the Texas Handgun Association is open to anyone who is not prohibited from purchasing a handgun in the U.S.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) oversees the License to Carry (LTC) Program as authorized by the Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H. Through this program, DPS grants licenses permitting individuals to carry handguns in Texas. It assesses applicant eligibility via criminal background checks and ensures ongoing eligibility for current license holders. Additionally, DPS certifies instructors who deliver the mandatory training course for applicants.

About TxHGA

Originating in 1997 as the Texas Concealed Handgun Instructor Association, the Texas Handgun Association (TxHGA) emerged a year after the implementation of Texas’ concealed handgun law, now known as the license to carry (LTC) law. Initially comprised of DPS-trained instructors licensed to educate Texans on legal handgun carrying, the association evolved.

In 2003, the association broadened its scope to include license holders and firearm enthusiasts interested in self-defense, prompting a name change to the Texas Concealed Handgun Association. Recognizing Texas’ allowance for both concealed and open carry, the association rebranded as the Texas Handgun Association in 2019, boasting a membership exceeding 1,500.

TxHGA’s Objectives and Mission:

  • Advocate for the enhancement and perpetuation of the Texas License to Carry (LTC) Law.
  • Represent members’ standards and concerns to the public, media, DPS, and lawmakers.
  • Encourage responsible firearm safety, ownership, and usage within our communities.
  • Provide up-to-date information on LTC laws, curriculum, and related topics to members.
  • Uphold superior standards in instruction and training.
  • Safeguard the rights of law-abiding citizens to possess, retain, and legally carry firearms for personal defense.”
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Explore upcoming conferences hosted by the Texas Handgun Association (TxHGA), where members gather to engage in discussions, share insights, and network with fellow firearm enthusiasts. Discover opportunities to enhance your knowledge of firearm laws, safety practices, and responsible carrying through informative sessions led by industry experts.

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Shooting events

Discover exhilarating shooting events organized by the Texas Handgun Association (TxHGA), offering members a chance to hone their marksmanship skills and participate in friendly competitions. From novice-friendly outings to advanced-level challenges, these events provide a platform for members to enjoy camaraderie while embracing their passion for firearms and self-defense.

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Texas Shooting Championships

Participate in the prestigious Texas Shooting Championship organized, where skilled marksmen from across the Lone Star State compete for top honors. This premier event showcases the prowess of participants in various shooting disciplines, fostering friendly competition and camaraderie among firearm enthusiasts. Experience the thrill of challenging courses and test your skills against fellow competitors in this esteemed annual championship.

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TxHGA is proud to be a member of NRA Business Alliance

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The Texas Handgun Association (TxHGA) is a Civilian Marksmanship Progam (CMP)-affiliated club.  If you are a “current” TxHGA member, then you can participate in many of the CMP programs and/or make purchases through their stores.

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Corporate members

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Guardian Options, Inc.
3404 W. Illinois, Ste. 108
Midland, Texas 79703
(432) 631-3682

US Law Shield.

U.S. Law Shield
1020 Bay Area Blvd., Suite 220
Houston, TX 77058
855) 478-6607

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Texas CHL-LTC Training, LLC.
[email protected]
(281) 615-2545

Just Shoot Safely
Plano, TX 75093
(844) 458-1072
[email protected]

Blue Knight Defense Solutions.

Blue Knight Defense Solutions
San Angelo, TX 76906
(325) 374-3255
[email protected]

Smokin Chief Firearms.

Smokin Chief Firearms
145 E. Dawson St.
Slaton, TX  79364-3546
(806) 329-8107
[email protected]

Cyclone Defense.

Cyclone Defense
1504 N. Big Spring St.
Midland, TX  79701-2620
(432) 254-0434
[email protected]

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Bronze Star Shooting
1114 East Bankhead Drive
Weatherford, TX 76086
(580) 291-9452
[email protected]

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PO Box 293273
Kerrville, TX  78029-3273
(361) 904-3008
[email protected]

Read our blog

Stay informed TxHGA Blog, your go-to resource for insightful articles, updates, and discussions on firearm laws, safety tips, training techniques, and community events. Explore a diverse range of topics curated to educate and empower firearm enthusiasts, beginners, and seasoned shooters alike. Join the conversation, expand your knowledge, and connect with fellow members of the Texas shooting community through our informative and engaging blog posts.

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Contact Support

Have questions or feedback? We’d love to hear from you. Reach out to the Texas Handgun Association (TxHGA) team today and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Let’s connect and continue our shared passion for firearm safety, education, and responsible gun ownership.

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