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Texas Rifle and Handgun Laws

The laws regarding the purchase and possession of firearms differ from state to state and can be confusing for some individuals. Luckily, gun laws in the state of Texas are fairly straightforward. Despite a few exceptions, anyone of the proper age (18 for rifle, 21 for handguns)can legally purchase a rifle, shotgun, or handgun. And while you do not need a permit to carry long guns in Texas, you do need a concealed handgun license to carry a handgun in public.

The Austin gun possession attorney Ian Inglis can help you protect your rights and your freedom if you are facing criminal charges. Contact us today at (512) 472-1950 and schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

Texas Gun Laws

In Texas, gun laws differ for long guns such as rifles and shotguns compared with handguns. Laws for rifles and shotguns include:

  • Can purchase and own if you are 18-years-old or older
  • Do not need a permit to purchase
  • Do not have to register the firearm
  • Do not need a permit to carry the firearm
  • Can legally carry loaded and within reach in his or her vehicle

Handgun laws in the state of Texas include the following:

  • Have to be 21-years-old to purchase, own, or carry
  • Do not need a permit to purchase and do not have to register the gun
  • Have to apply for a concealed handgun license to legally carry the firearm
  • Can carry in your vehicle as long as they are concealed or hidden

It is unlawful to own a firearm in Texas if you have been convicted of a felony or a Class A misdemeanor that involved a member of your family.

Contact Us

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges for illegal firearm possession, you need to take action today. To learn more about your legal rights, contact the Austin illegal weapons possession attorneys of Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today.


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