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|
|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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