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Texas Gun Control Laws

Texas gun control laws are among the least-restrictive among U.S. states. While machine guns, saw-off shotguns, silencers, armor-piercing bullets, zip guns, and explosive weapons are illegal, Texas does not have a waiting period for gun purchases. Additionally, Texas allows all qualified applicants to carry a concealed firearm with a permit.

Learn more about Texas gun control laws in the table below. See Details on State Gun Control Laws for more general information.

Code Section Penal §§46.05, et seq.
Illegal Arms Machine gun; short-barreled firearm; silencer; armor-piercing ammunition; zip gun; explosive weapon
Waiting Period None
Who May Not Own 1. Convicted felon within 5 yrs. of release or parole; 2. Sale, rental, lease, or gift to minor under 18 without parental consent; 3. Confined in penal institution.
Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds Felony. Penal 46.03, 46.11

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Texas criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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