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LICENSE

TO CARRY

What You Need to Know

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Part of being a responsibly armed citizen is being armed - not only with a firearm, but with the knowledge it takes to employ that firearm safely, effectively, and legally. It is imperative that the concealed/open carrier knows the laws surrounding their use of deadly force, locations where firearms are prohibited, safety and storage guidelines in the home, and much more. FirstLine Development Group's License to Carry course is designed to not only check the state-mandated boxes for certification, but to equip the concealed/open carrier with some of the knowledge they need to succeed in a defensive encounter. FirstLine's LTC class will go above and beyond to ensure that the carrier is prepared for the potentialities of violence. This course is made up of 2 major components; the proficiency demonstration and the classroom lecture portion. 

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  1. As of September 1, 2021, Texas became a Constitutional Carry state, meaning a person that meets certain requirements is not required to have an LTC in order to carry a firearm. While an LTC is no longer necessary to carry within state lines, please check out this article to learn more about the advantages and benefits of having your license.  

  2. License to Carry is also now available for applicants ages 18-20! The Department of Public Safety will no longer deny applications strictly due to age restrictions. 

PROFICIENCY DEMONSTRATION

The proficiency demonstration/qualification is not for first-timers. If you have never shot a handgun before, please consider some basic handgun proficiency training (like our BaseLine Handgun class or a private lesson) before enrolling. This portion of the LTC is intended to ensure proficiency in handling, safety, and general accuracy of the shooter, not to guide you along your first steps in handgun shooting. You don't have to be an expert, but you need to have some general knowledge. Any shooters deemed unsafe or unprepared on the range will sit out the qualification and will be required to requalify at another time.

That being said, the qualification is not prohibitively difficult. Proficiency is graded using a 50 round live-fire qualification - 20 rounds at 3 yards, 20 rounds at 7 yards, and 10 rounds at 15 yards fired at a regulation B-27 target. These strings of fire will be provided to you as the demonstration is taking place, so memorization is not necessary. This is meant to prove to the instructor that you understand how to operate your firearm safely and can shoot it within a reasonable degree of accuracy. 

Do not worry about the proficiency demonstration! The shooting standards are not designed to fail you, but to set a baseline. You have a maximum of 3 attempts to pass the shooting portion if needed. 

CLASSROOM LECTURE

The classroom lecture is a DPS-mandated 4-6 hours of instruction discussing the use of force, safe storage of firearms in the home, laws regarding the carrying of handguns, non-violent dispute resolution, and more. This information is followed by a 25-question multiple-choice exam that must be passed with a 70% or more in order to receive your completion certificate. The instructor will give you clear instructions at the end of the class informing you on how you will submit your form, file your application, and have your fingerprints taken. 

Note: While FirstLine Development Group is here to guide you, we are not able to assist you with the actual submission of the paperwork. Once you are provided with your LTC-100 form by an FDG instructor, you are responsible for completing the other steps that are discussed in the class in order to receive your License to Carry in the mail. 

What You Need to Bring

  • An unloaded handgun in a bag or case*

  • 1 unloaded magazine

  • At least 50 rounds of quality ammunition (no steel case), 100 is recommended

  • Eye and ear protection 

  • Your valid Driver License

  • Notepad and pen/pencil

  • Snacks and drinks - we will not break for a long lunch

*Handguns and their magazines MUST be unloaded upon entry to the facility. Traditional handguns and revolvers only - no AR/AK pistols allowed. If shooting a 5-shot revolver instead of a 6-shot, please inform the instructor before the qualification begins.

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