The concealed handgun law sets out a number of qualifications that must be met. For example, you must be a legal resident of Texas and you must be qualified to purchase a handgun under all state and federal laws. A number of factors may disqualify you from obtaining a license, such as felony convictions and some misdemeanor convictions, such as DWI, including charges that resulted in probation or deferred adjudication.  Pending criminal charges, chemical or alcohol dependency, certain types of psychological diagnoses, protective or restraining orders, defaults on taxes, governmental fees, student loans or child support can also cause problems.

A person cannot in the past 5 years preceding the date of the application have been convicted of a Class A or Class B Misdemeanor. If a person has been convicted 2 (two) times within the 10 year period preceding the date on which a person applies for this concealed handgun license of a Class B Misdemeanor or higher offense that involves the use of alcohol or controlled substance as a element of the offense, such as DWI, the person is not eligible for a concealed gun license under this subchapter at all.