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Texas LEOSA

State Controlling Agency

Title

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement

Controlling Agency CWP: Texas Department of Public Safety
Regulatory Services Division MSC 0245
Texas Department of Public Safety
PO Box 15888
Austin, TX 78761‐5888
(512) 424‐7293

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/index.htm

(All attempts to contact “Concealed Handgun ‐ MSC 0245” at the above telephone number failed on 5/6/2014. A recorded message advised that an email could be sent to Texas DPS at their website.)

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/contact/default.aspx

Address

6330 East Highway 290, STE 200
Austin, Texas 78723

Telephone

(512) 936‐7758

State Details

Contact

(5/6/2014 The TCOLE instructors list was not available on the internet.)

State Law/Regulation/Directive

Texas Government Code

  1. Chapter 411, Subchapter H (Texas Concealed Handgun Licensing Act); http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/InternetForms/Forms/CHL‐16.pdf
  2. Chapter 46 (Texas Penal Code creating an offense under the laws of this state and describing the places where it is unlawful for the holder of a license issued under the Texas Concealed Handgun Licensing Act to carry a concealed handgun); http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm
  3. Chapter 9 (Texas Penal Code relating to the use of deadly force). http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/docs/PE/htm/PE.9.htm

Notes

Texas Commission On Law Enforcement advised that for the initial qualification under LEOSA the following is required:

  1. Applicant must meet the requirement as stated under LEOSA.
  2. For initial qualification only ‐ Complete PID Assignment form as obtained from Texas Commission On Law Enforcement website (http://www.tcole.texas.gov/content/forms‐andapplicationsThis form can be submitted with the Retired Federal or Out‐of‐State Officer Firearms Certificate. Note: Complete the top of PID Assignment form with personal information and mark “Applying for Retired Federal Firearms ID” at the bottom of the.
  3. Complete Retired Federal or Out‐of‐State Officer Firearms Certificate form as obtained from Texas Commission On Law Enforcement website (http://www.tcole.texas.gov/content/forms‐andapplications).
  4. Applicant must submit a certified or notarized copy of his/her retired credentials which must conform to the requirements as listed in LEOSA. The applicant must also submit a sworn affidavit stating:
    1. The officer was honorably retired after not less than a total of 15 years of service as a commissioned officer with one or more state or local law enforcement agencies;
    2. The officer’s license as a commissioned officer was not revoked or suspended for any period during the officer’s term of service as a commissioned officer;
    3. The officer retired from service with such agency, after completing any applicable probationary period of such service, due to a service‐connected disability, as determined by such agency; and
    4. The officer has no psychological disability that would interfere with the officer’s proper handling of a handgun.
  5. The applicant must also provide a color passport photo with the applicant’s signature on the back.
  6. Meet the firearms proficiency requirements for handgun as established in Commission Rule Section 218.9(c )(1).

There is a $35 fee.

Any certified TCOLE firearms instructor can qualify applicants. (Note: TCOLE instructors may also be NRA qualified.)

The course of fire is listed on the page 2 of the Retired Federal or Out‐of‐State Officer Firearms Certificate as follows:

  1. B‐27 or similar silhouette target;
  2. Combat scoring;
  3. A minimum of 50 rounds, including at least five rounds of duty ammunition;
  4. Fired at ranges from point blank to at least 15 yards with at least 20 rounds at or beyond seven yards;
  5. Including at least one timed reload; and
  6. Minimum passing percentage of 70 (175 out of a possible 250 for 50 rounds).

Relevant Laws:

CHAPTER 411. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY OF THE STATE OF TEXAS Subchapter. H. LICENSE TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN GC §411.199. HONORABLY RETIRED PEACE OFFICERS.

(a) A person who is licensed as a peace officer under Chapter 1701, Occupations Code, and who has been employed full‐time as a peace officer by a law enforcement agency may apply for a license under this subchapter at any time after retirement.

(b) The person shall submit two complete sets of legible and classifiable fingerprints and a sworn statement from the head of the law enforcement agency employing the applicant. A head of a law enforcement agency may not refuse to issue a statement under this subsection. If the applicant alleges that the statement is untrue, the department shall investigate the validity of the statement. The statement must include:

(1) the name and rank of the applicant;

(2) the status of the applicant before retirement;

(3) whether or not the applicant was accused of misconduct at the time of the retirement;

(4) the physical and mental condition of the applicant;

(5) the type of weapons the applicant had demonstrated proficiency with during the last year

of employment;

(6) whether the applicant would be eligible for reemployment with the agency, and if not, the reasons the applicant is not eligible; and

(7) a recommendation from the agency head regarding the issuance of a license under this subchapter.

(c) The department may issue a license under this subchapter to an applicant under this section if the applicant is honorably retired and physically and emotionally fit to possess a handgun. In this subsection, “honorably retired” means the applicant:

(1) did not retire in lieu of any disciplinary action;

(2) was eligible to retire from the law enforcement agency or was ineligible to retire only as a result of an injury received in the course of the applicant's employment with the agency; and

(3) is entitled to receive a pension or annuity for service as a law enforcement officer or is not entitled to receive a pension or annuity only because the law enforcement agency that employed the applicant does not offer a pension or annuity to its employees.

(d) An applicant under this section must pay a fee of $25 for a license issued under this subchapter.

(e) A retired peace officer who obtains a license under this subchapter must maintain, for the category of weapon licensed, the proficiency required for a peace officer under Section 1701.355, Occupations Code. The department or a local law enforcement agency shall allow a retired peace officer of the department or agency an opportunity to annually demonstrate the required proficiency. The proficiency shall be reported to the department on application and renewal.

(f) A license issued under this section expires as provided by Section 411.183.

(g) A retired officer of the United States who was eligible to carry a firearm in the discharge of the officer's official duties is eligible for a license under this section. An applicant described by this subsection may submit the application at any time after retirement. The applicant shall submit with the application proper proof of retired status by presenting the following documents prepared by the agency from which the applicant retired:

(1) retirement credentials; and

(2) a letter from the agency head stating the applicant retired in good standing.

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