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Texas Firearms Laws and Regulations
Texas places few restrictions on the possession and sale of firearms within
this state. :
- The Child Access Prevention Law – This law requires
adults to use a loaded-chamber indicator and magazine safety disconnects to
prevent accidental shootings. It also requires owners to store guns in a
place not readily available to minors under 18. If a child obtains an
improperly stored gun the adult owner is criminally liable.
- Juvenile Sale/Transfer Law – This law bars or restricts
the sale or transfer of specified guns to youth. In Texas you have to be 18
to buy any firearm.
Does Texas Have a Juvenile Possession Law?
No, they don’t.
Does Texas Require Background Checks?
No, the only background check that is done is a federal “instant
check”. There is no state-based criminal background check. Texas doesn’t
have a waiting period to buy a gun and so no “cooling off period” to prevent
crimes of passion.
Is it Illegal to Carry a Concealed Weapon?
It is legal to carry a concealed handgun if you have applied for and have been
issued a concealed handgun license. You have to be 21 to get such a permit.
Is it Illegal to Carry a handgun in your car?
It is legal
UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS. (a) A
person commits an offense if the
person intentionally, knowingly, or
recklessly carries on or about his
or her person a handgun, illegal
knife, or club if the person is not:
(1) on the person's own premises or
premises under the person's control; or
(2) inside of or directly en route to
a motor vehicle that is owned by the
person or under the person's control.
(a-1) A person commits an offense if
the person intentionally, knowingly, or
recklessly carries on or about his or
her person a handgun in a motor vehicle
that is owned by the person or under the
person's control at any time in which:
(1) the handgun is in plain view; or
(2) the person is:
(A) engaged in criminal activity,
other than a Class C misdemeanor that is
a violation of a law or ordinance
(B) prohibited by law from possessing
a firearm; or
(C) a member of a criminal street
gang, as defined by Section 71.01.
(a-2) For purposes of this section,
"premises" includes real property and a
recreational vehicle that is being used
as living quarters, regardless of
whether that use is temporary or
permanent. In this subsection,
"recreational vehicle" means a motor
vehicle primarily designed as temporary
living quarters or a vehicle that
contains temporary living quarters and
is designed to be towed by a motor
vehicle. The term includes a travel
trailer, camping trailer, truck camper,
motor home, and horse trailer with
(b) Except as provided by Subsection
(c), an offense under this section is a
Class A misdemeanor.
(c) An offense under this section is
a felony of the third degree if the
offense is committed on any premises
licensed or issued a permit by this
state for the sale of alcoholic
Is it legal to own and possess Items regulated by the National firearms
It is legal as long as they are registered on the National Firearms Act
Does Texas Require a License to Possess Firearms?
No, there is no requirement of a license to purchase or own a firearm.
Does Texas Have a Ban on Assault Weapons?
No, there is no ban of these weapons in Texas. The Federal "Assault
Weapons Ban" expired in September of 2004.