Concealed Carry at Texas Academy Sport Stores

If you’re a gun owner in Texas, you may be wondering if you can concealed carry at Texas Academy Sport stores. We’ll answer that question and more in this blog post.

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Concealed carry at Texas Academy Sport stores – (concealed carry in Texas) is legal with a valid CHL and the written permission of the store manager. The gun must be concealed while in the store. Carrying a gun in a backpack or diaper bag is not allowed. If you have any questions, please ask a manager.

What is Concealed Carry?

Concealed carry, or carrying a concealed weapon (CCW), is the practice of carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed or hidden manner. Texas Academy Sport stores allow customers to concealed carry on the premises.

What are the requirements for a Concealed Handgun License in Texas?

To qualify for a CHL in Texas, you must be:
-21 years of age or older
-A U.S. citizen or legal resident alien
-A resident of the state of Texas, with proof of residency in the form of a current, valid Texas driver’s license or ID card
-Have no felony convictions or drug/alcohol related arrests or convictions within the past 5 years
-Successfully complete an approved firearms safety training course

What are the restrictions on where I can carry my concealed handgun?

In Texas, there are a few places where you cannot carry a concealed handgun, even if you have a permit. These places are called “ gun-free zones.” Here are some examples of gun-free zones:

-On the premises of a school or educational institution, unless the permit holder is a school employee and the firearm is stored in a locked vehicle on school grounds
-Within 1000 feet of premises where an execution is carried out
-In an amusement park
-On the premises of a polling place on election day
-At a racetrack
-In court buildings or courtrooms

What are the consequences for violating the concealed carry law?

A person who violates the law by carrying a concealed handgun without a license can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, the person can be fined up to $4,000 and sentenced to up to one year in jail. A person who is convicted of a second or subsequent offense can be fined up to $10,000 and sentenced to up to two years in jail.

Academy Sports + Outdoors’ Policy on Concealed Carry

In the state of Texas, it is legal for a person with a valid concealed carry permit to carry a handgun in Academy Sports + Outdoors stores. Academy’s policy is in compliance with state law and goes a step beyond by also allowing concealed carry permit holders to store their firearms in a locked case while shopping in our stores.

What does Academy’s policy say about concealed carry?

Academy Sports + Outdoors is committed to providing a safe shopping environment for all our customers. We follow state and local laws related to firearms, including those related to open and concealed carry.

We do not prohibit customers from openly carrying firearms in our stores, except in areas where doing so is prohibited by state or local law. We also do not prohibit customers with valid concealed carry permits from carrying concealed firearms in our stores, except in areas where doing so is prohibited by state or local law.

We ask that all firearms be carried in a legal and responsible manner.

How does Academy’s policy compare to other retailers?

In Texas, there is no law prohibiting businesses from allowing customers to carry concealed handguns into their stores. Academy Sports + Outdoors’ policy is to allow customers to carry concealed handguns in all of its Texas stores, in accordance with state law.

The retailer’s policy is more permissive than that of some other major retailers. For example, Walmart does not allow customers to carry concealed handguns in any of its stores, regardless of state law. Dick’s Sporting Goods also prohibits customers from carrying concealed firearms in its stores.

Pros and Cons of Concealed Carry in Stores

There are many debatable pros and cons when it comes to the discussion of concealed carry in stores. On one hand, some people believe that it is a person’s Second Amendment right to bear arms and they should be able to do so wherever they please. On the other hand, some people believe that more guns in public places is not the answer to solving America’s gun violence problem.

What are the arguments for and against concealed carry in stores?

There are a few different arguments for and against concealed carry in stores. The main argument for concealed carry is that it allows people to protect themselves and others in the event of an active shooter or other violent attack. Some people argue that concealed carry also deters crime, because potential criminals are less likely to target a store or other public place if they know that there are people there who are armed and could potentially stop them.

The main argument against concealed carry is that it increases the risk of accidental shootings, because more people are carrying guns in public places where they may be more likely to mishandle them or have them stolen. There is also concern that allowing concealed weapons in stores could lead to more violence during arguments or disputes between customers or employees.

What are the risks and benefits of concealed carry for Academy?

The risks of concealed carry for Academy are that potential shoplifters or other criminals may be emboldened knowing that they could be met with armed resistance. The benefits are that law-abiding citizens who carry concealed weapons can help deter crime and potentially stop active shooters.

There have been a number of highly publicized shootings in recent years, including at an Academy store in Colorado. Concealed carry permit holders have often been lauded as heroes for their actions in stopping these shootings. However, there is also the potential for accidental shootings or for permit holders to become targets themselves if criminals believe they are carrying a weapon.

Overall, the decision of whether or not to allow concealed carry in stores is a complex one with no easy answers. Academy will need to weigh the risks and benefits carefully before making a decision.


In conclusion, carrying a concealed weapon in Texas Academy Sport stores is not allowed. If you are found to be in possession of a concealed weapon, you will be asked to leave the premises and may be subject to further legal action. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service department.

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