Gun Laws in Texas

Texas has long been associated with the nostalgia of cowboys, the free range, and life on the open frontier. Additionally, partly due to its rural history, Texas has relaxed gun laws in comparison with other, more urban states. However, before you choose to carry a gun in Texas, it is important to understand the state’s gun laws.

Due to the dangers of guns, law enforcement officials do not take illegal gun possession lightly. However, in this zealous pursuit of illegal arms, you may be wrongfully charged with illegal possession of a firearm. If you have been charged with this crime, you should contact a tenacious Dallas criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.

Purchasing and Possessing a Gun

In Texas, there are no permits or licenses required to purchase shotguns, handguns, rifles, and semi-automatic weaponry. However, to purchase a machine gun, you must follow federal procedures. You can also keep your gun in your possession if you are:

  • On your own property
  • On property that is under your control (such as a hunting lease)
  • On the way to your property, like walking to your car

If you are legally restricted from possessing guns, or if you are using a firearm for gang activity or other criminal activities, the possession of a weapon can be considered illegal.

Concealed Handgun Licenses

If you need or want to carry a handgun with you onto premises that are not under your direct control, you must receive your concealed handgun license. The licensing procedure includes both written and field testing to make sure that you are responsible enough to carry a concealed handgun.

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If you are convicted of illegally possessing a firearm, you can be charged with a felony as well as face other consequences like being forever banned from carrying a gun. If you believe that the charges against you are wrong, you should not hesitate to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. To learn more about your legal options, contact a knowledgeable Dallas criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.

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