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Overview for Texas

Chapter 44 of Title 18 of the United States Code (U.S.C.) does not allow citizens, convicted of a felony with a prison sentence over a year to own firearms. This includes hand guns, and long guns. Many states allow convicted felons to own firearms after a certain amount of time has passed, (usually 10 years or more) since the end of their sentence, and/or if they are given a full pardon by certain authority figures (Governors, President, etc.) This state allows felons to own gun as long as 5 years has passed since the end of that person’s sentence. For more information on Texas’s laws on felons owning guns click here.

The manufacture, sale or transfer of zip guns “A crude weapon made usually in someone’s basement or garage, where all the components of the gun are creatively constructed out of what is available to make the gun function.”(definition from urbandictionary.com) is illegal.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No No
Open Carry Partial No
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for Texas.

Texas Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Texas Magazine Capacity


Does Texas have a gun buy back program?

Texas does not run, or fund any gun buyback programs.

There is no state law regarding buyback programs but they are conducted in major cities such as Houston, Austin, and Fort Worth

Does Texas have an inheritance gun law?

Texas does not have an inheritance gun law.

Texas FAQ

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