Under 18 Handgun Laws

Discussion in 'Gun Legislation' started by rrooke, May 9, 2009.

  1. rrooke

    rrooke New Member

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    I am trying to find out the laws as they apply to my 16 year old son. He wants to go shooting with his friend on their private land in the country, but I don't know if it is legal for him to take his handgun with him in his car to go to the land. His friend is 18, but my son is only 16. They also want to take their rifles and shotguns, so I would like to know all the laws pertaining to under 18's and carrying guns in cars, but specifically the handgun I gave him last Christmas. Does he have to be with an adult or parent or can he just go out with his buddy and shoot? Any help is appreciated.
     


  2. whit128

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    Sec. 46.13. MAKING A FIREARM ACCESSIBLE TO A CHILD. (a) In this section:
    (1) "Child" means a person younger than 17 years of age.
    (2) "Readily dischargeable firearm" means a firearm that is loaded with ammunition, whether or not a round is in the chamber.
    (3) "Secure" means to take steps that a reasonable person would take to prevent the access to a readily dischargeable firearm by a child, including but not limited to placing a firearm in a locked container or temporarily rendering the firearm inoperable by a trigger lock or other means.
    (b) A person commits an offense if a child gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm and the person with criminal negligence:
    (1) failed to secure the firearm; or
    (2) left the firearm in a place to which the person knew or should have known the child would gain access.
    (c) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the child's access to the firearm:
    (1) was supervised by a person older than 18 years of age and was for hunting, sporting, or other lawful purposes;
    (2) consisted of lawful defense by the child of people or property;
    (3) was gained by entering property in violation of this code; or
    (4) occurred during a time when the actor was engaged in an agricultural enterprise.
    (d) Except as provided by Subsection (e), an offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
    (e) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor if the child discharges the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury to himself or another person.
     
  3. txinvestigator

    txinvestigator TGT Addict

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    The law quoted above is directed at the person who does not secure the firearm.

    SInce your son's friend is 18 there would be no violation.

    This law would worry me some;


    Regarding car carry, there is no age limit.

    See all of Texas' firearms laws here; http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/SOTWDocs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm
     
  4. rrooke

    rrooke New Member

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    Thanks for the info. That law is a bit scary. It could be interpreted to say that a father can't give his own son a gun. Is this correct? I grew up with guns, and my dad sold a gun to pay the hospital bill when I was born. I am a real son of a gun. I have taught my kids how to handle guns and feel that they know more about guns than most 40 year olds. I suspect many dads give their sons guns. Are we all breaking the law?
     
  5. Big country

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    So it dose not matter weather the handgun is involved or not as long as the "child" :rolleyes: is being "supervised" by the 18 year old? When I was 16 I would go dove hunting without having someone 18 or up with me transporting my shot gun, or for that mater my deer rifle. But both of the penal codes could apply here it seems to me.
     
  6. whit128

    whit128 Member

    That is the difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. I dove hunted a tank near Hondo where there were several very responsible children with shotguns, it was a pay by the day and I had no idea who they were or where their parents were at. During whitetail season my daughter at 14 got herself up, grabbed her 243, jumped in my pickup and went to the blind. Now on the other hand there was a crimestopper call about a young man with a gun at the school. Turned out he was 16 and had the rifle in his pickup from the previous night of hog hunting and due to his immaturity he had showed it to several students during lunch break. Nothing wrong with a gun in the parking lot except for school policy regarding students, parents were cited for making the firearm available.
     
  7. txinvestigator

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    Yeah, I hear that often. But I don't see those terms defined, so at best they are subjective, usually twisted to the presenters point of view.

    CHILDREN? As in 8 and 9 year olds? Or do you mean teens?

    When and where was all of this?
     
  8. whit128

    whit128 Member

    TXI, I see you spent almost 9 years as a LEO so I figure you understand the letter and spirit of the law. If you do not I then see why you no longer work in LE. The tank in Hondo was on a private farm, the owner advertised in the austin paper in the mid 90s. When I say children I would have to say they looked mid teens, either way as far as I was concerned they were very responsible. As far as my daughters hunting we have about 3000 acres in kimble county, all private if you are concerned about her driving.

    its a cop thing.
     
  9. txinvestigator

    txinvestigator TGT Addict

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    Wrong again.

    Please, don't even attempt your subtle insult. You know exactly what I wrote and what I meant. I also don't see a rebuttal of my POV, so I assume that that fact added to your insult is the typical response of a person with no argument.

    Your inslut is also reported.
     
  10. Texas1911

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    Keep it on topic.
     

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