The Texas Legislature passed HB 1927, the permitless carry bill, which went into effect on September 1, 2021.
For bars/restaurants that (1) derive 51% or more of their income from on-premise alcohol sales AND (2) do not have a food and beverage certificate:
- The red 51% sign from TABC remains and should be posted at each entrance.
- With the posting of the 51% sign, all firearms will continue to be prohibited on the property, with criminal penalties to enforce the ban.
If you hold a food and beverage license, the choice of guns on-premises is up to the discretion of owners and no specific weapon signage is required by TABC.
- The “blue sign” is no longer required.
- These restaurants/bars and other private businesses may still prohibit guns on their private property, using signage, notes, or verbal warnings.
A restaurant/bar that wants to enforce a gun ban with criminal trespass penalties may use one or more of the three signs that are described in Penal Code Sections 30.05, 30.06, and 30.07 (with specific size, font, and language requirements).
All three signs are needed to fully prohibit all guns on site. One sign – 30.05 – is sufficient to ban unlicensed individuals from bringing in guns. Alternatively, a restaurant/bar that wants to use its own sign to prohibit guns may continue to do so, but in this scenario, criminal penalties likely will not be attached until the person with a gun is given a direct warning.
30.05 – Prohibit Carry without License
If business or property owners post the 11×17 30.05 sign in a conspicuous place at each entrance, it will be illegal for a person to openly carry firearms without a License to Carry (LTC) on the property.
30.06 – Prohibit Conceal Carry with License
To prohibit a person with a License to Carry (LTC) from carrying concealed handguns onto posted property, businesses will still be required to post a 30.06 sign.
30.07 – Prohibit Open Carry with License
To prohibit a person with a License to Carry (LTC) from openly carrying handguns onto posted property, businesses will need to post a 30.07 sign.
Note: All three signs must be posted to fully prohibit all guns. The statute requires that the letters on the signs be a minimum of 1” tall, therefore these signs must be printed at least 18×24 in size.