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Carrying a Handgun Into a Bar or Restaurant Transcript

Hi. I’m Emily Taylor, Independent Program Attorney for Texas LawShield.

Let’s talk about the dos and don’ts of carrying your gun in restaurants and bars.

Let’s be honest. Even though we carry a gun, we still want to go about our daily lives. We want to go out to eat with our families or watch the game with friends at a local pub. As an LTC holder, what do you need to know about carrying your gun in these situations?

Most important, bars known as 51% establishments are ABSOLUTELY off limits. A place that derives 51% or more of its revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption is a bar. And it’s required to post a red 51% sign to alert you to this fact. Carrying your handgun into a 51% establishment is a third-degree felony, punishable by between 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Restaurants—even if they serve alcohol—are a completely different story. As an LTC holder, you can carry anywhere inside of that restaurant. Relax and enjoy your dinner. But remember, it’s a Class A misdemeanor for you to become intoxicated while you’re carrying your handgun.

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