What You Need to Know About Gun Laws in Texas

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There has been a lot of debate regarding gun laws recently, and the State of Texas reacted by crafting new gun-related measures that went into effect on September 1, 2019. If you are a gun owner, you naturally want to carry responsibly, and understanding the laws that apply in Texas can help. Laws are put in place not only to help protect everyone’s Second Amendment Right to bear arms but also to help protect everyone’s safety.

Applicable Federal Laws

The U.S. Constitution represents the law of the land, and the Second Amendment allows every citizen the right to keep and bear arms. While some people read this to mean that the federal government takes a hands-off approach when it comes to firearms, this is far from the truth. There are three major Acts that make up the federal regulations that guide the sale, possession, and purchase of firearms in the United States, including:

The federal government bans some firearms and attachments outright. For example, silencers and machine guns are banned. There are also age restrictions in place, and felons cannot own firearms.

Texas Gun Laws

Every state has its own approach to gun control, and the State of Texas is noted for its robust commitment to upholding the Second Amendment. In fact, it is known as a Stand Your Ground state. This means that, in Texas, individuals can use deadly force if it is necessary to protect themselves.

To own a gun in Texas, you must obtain a handgun license. License which distributed by the Texas Department of Public Safety, and in order to get you must meet certain requirements. These include:

  • Obtaining training
  • Submitting fingerprints
  • Passing a written exam
  • Passing a shooting test

In Texas, a registered handgun owner is permitted to openly carry on his or her shoulder or hip, but there are restrictions related to taking guns into schools, courtrooms, polling places, and airports.

Recent Changes

The recent changes in gun control measures in Texas have actually loosened restrictions. These changes include:

  • Licensed owners can now carry in places of worship.
  • There is no longer a cap on how many school marshals can carry on a school’s campus.
  • Landlords are no longer allowed to prevent guests or tenants from carrying.
  • Gun owners can carry for up to a week without a license if a state or federal disaster zone is declared.

Facing Gun-Related Charges? Contact an Experienced Defense Attorney Today!

Gun charges are serious charges that necessitate professional legal counsel. Attorney Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is a formidable Killeen criminal defense attorney with the experience necessary to help you obtain your case’s best possible resolution. Our dedicated legal team is committed to helping you, so please do not hesitate to contact us or call us at (254) 220-4225 for more information today.
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