Prohibited Weapons

Although Texas law allows licensed individuals to own weapons for hunting and personal protection, there are certain items that are prohibited by the state. Individuals found guilty of intentionally owning, selling, or transporting prohibited weapons may face criminal prosecution, fines, and jail time.

The punishment for possessing illegal weapons may range from a Class A misdemeanor to a 3rd degree felony. If you have been accused of possessing a weapon prohibited in the state of Texas, contact experienced Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to learn more about your legal options.

Types of Prohibited Weapons

Some examples of weapons prohibited in the state of Texas include the following:

  • Switchblades
  • Spring-loaded knives
  • Knives with blades exceeding five inches in length
  • Knuckles (of varying materials)
  • Explosive weapons
  • Chemical weapons (any device designed to launch or disperse harmful chemicals, other than small ones manufactured for personal use)
  • “Zip Guns” (devices not originally designed as firearms used to fire projectiles)
  • Machine guns
  • Illegally modified guns (including short-barreled firearms)
  • Armor piercing bullets
  • Silencers for firearms
  • Clubs (including nightsticks, tomahawks, maces, and blackjacks)

Legal cases often hinge on whether or not the individual “knowingly” purchased or sold the illegal items in question. Prior knowledge to criminal activity such as selling and trafficking prohibited weapons is considered a serious offense in Texas.

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If you have been accused of selling, possessing, distributing, or transporting illegal weapons, contact experienced Austin prohibited weapons defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to schedule a free initial consultation.


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