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Quick Guide to Texas Gun Laws

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  1. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    This is meant as a quick reference to Texas gun laws. This is my interpretation of the law as it stands at the time of this article. Laws change, and are interpreted differently by others, specifically law enforcement in your area, and judges. Long story short ... don't base your actions on this article.

    Q: How long is the waiting period to buy a Handgun / Shotgun / Rifle in Texas?

    A: There is no waiting period for purchasing a firearm in the state of Texas.

    Q: I just moved to Texas, do I have to register my firearms?

    A: No, there is no state registration of firearms.

    Q: I just inherited / bought a gun from someone in Texas, do I need to transfer the gun to my name?

    A: No, there is no state registration of firearms, thus there is no requirement transfer the firearm in your name.

    Q: What is required to purchase a firearm in the state of Texas?

    A: You will need a valid state-issued ID. Many FFLs will not sell to out-of-state residents. This is due to the FFL's requirement to uphold your resident state's gun laws, and the inherient complexity associated with many states.

    Q: Can I carry a firearm on my person?

    A: Yes, with proper licensing (Concealed Handgun License) you may carry a pistol or revolver on your person so long as it remains concealed. Long guns (rifles / shotguns) do not have to be concealed, but must be carried in a manner not calculated to cause alarm, and do not require a license.

    Q: Can I strap a gun on my hip in Texas?

    A: No, with some exceptions. Open carry is not legal in Texas, but you may open carry on your own property, in the commission of a sporting activity (competition, shooting ranges, etc.), and while engaged in hunting.

    Q: Can I carry a firearm in my vehicle?

    A: Yes. With the passage of the Motorist Protection Act you may now readibly carry handguns, loaded and within reach, so long as you conceal the firearm. Long guns (rifles / shotguns) do not have to be concealed and may be loaded and within reach.

    Q: Are machine guns / suppressors / short-barreled firearms, etc. legal in the state of Texas?

    A: Yes. All NFA rules apply. See this FAQ for more info regarding Class III / Title II items.

    Q: Are "assault weapons" banned in Texas?

    A: No. Texas abides by Federal law which at this time has no restrictions on so-called "assault weapons" such as semi-auto AR15, FAL, G3 / HK91 rifles.

    Q: Is there a limit on the number of rounds a magazine may hold?

    A: No. The only limit on magazines in Texas is the number of rounds you are physically able to cram into the thing and/or carry and/or afford.

    If you have additional questions that you feel would be a good addition to the above please email me the question.

    For more info: Beginner Articles

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