An Overview of Firearm Laws in Texas

An Overview of Firearm Laws in Texas

January 14, 2019

Are you interested in learning a bit more about the firearm laws that exist in the state of Texas? Our state has many gun owners, and anyone who owns or is interested in owning a firearm must be well-versed in the laws of the state regarding gun ownership and use.

Here’s a quick overview of some of these laws from a criminal attorney in Lubbock, TX:

  • State permit: There is no state permit required to purchase long guns or handguns in Texas.
  • Registration: Gun owners do not need to register their long guns or handguns.
  • Owner license: There is no owner license necessary to own a long gun or handgun.
  • Assault weapon law: There are no relevant assault weapon laws on the books for long guns or handguns in the state of Texas.
  • Magazine capacity: There are no magazine capacity restrictions for long guns or handguns in Texas.
  • Concealed carry: Texas requires a license for concealed carry of handguns in the state. There is an application process for a concealed carry permit, and some people are barred from concealed carry, including people under 21, fugitives, felons, people who are “chemically dependent,” people “incapable of exercising sound judgment” and people who owe back taxes or child support.
  • Open carry: There is no license required for the open carry of long guns, but it is not allowed if carrying is done in a manner designed to cause alarm. Individuals who have a handgun carry license may carry openly, as can residents of states with permits recognized by Texas.
  • Campus concealed carry: People may carry their handguns in parking lots, parking garages and outdoor walkways on campus. Four-year universities and two-year colleges must allow concealed carry in campus buildings as of August 2016. Universities may designate some areas as gun-free zones if they are sensitive spots.
  • NFA weapons: There are no NFA weapon restrictions in the state of Texas.
  • Peaceable journey: There are peaceable journey laws on the book for handguns and long guns. A person is allowed to carry a loaded handgun without a permit while in or heading to a motor vehicle or watercraft they control or own. The handgun is not required to be concealed while heading to the vehicle.
  • Castle doctrine: A person will be presumed to be justified in using deadly force to protect themselves against an unlawful, forceful entry to their property or dwelling, to prevent a forceful attempt to remove a legal occupant from the dwelling or to prevent some felonies, such as arson or burglary. You are not required to retreat from any place you have a legal right to be.
  • Background checks for private sales: There are no background checks required for private sales of handguns or long guns in Texas.

This is just a brief overview of the many gun laws on the books for the state of Texas. If you’re interested in learning more about what the law says about gun ownership and usage, contact a criminal attorney in Lubbock, TX today at the Law Office of Rob Biggers.

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