Know Your Rights: Texas Gun Laws
Posted By Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass || 26-Jul-2012
Guns can be beneficial when used responsibly and in accordance with the law. The State of Texas has a long list of gun laws, and an attorney can explain your rights about carrying concealed, the use of deadly force, and more. Here are a few select laws that may prove useful to know:
- Texas Concealed Carry Statutes
Texas has several gun laws regarding the right to carry concealed weapons. For example, while there is no waiting period to purchase a firearm nor is there a registration for firearms in the state, in order to carry a pistol or revolver on your body, you will need to apply for a Concealed Handgun License.
For a Concealed Handgun License, you will need a completed application form, two color passport photos, fingerprints, proof of age (at least 21), proof of residency in the state, a handgun proficiency certificate, a completed affidavit that you understand the laws, and an authorization allowing the state to access your records.
Open carry is generally not legal in the state, with a few limited exceptions. For instance, you may carry handguns in your vehicle, but they must be concealed. Long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, do not have to be concealed in your vehicle.
- Texas Deadly Force Statutes
You may use deadly force in Texas when you know or reasonably believe that someone is using force to enter or attempting to enter your home, vehicle, or place of business. In some cases, deadly force may even be used against fleeing intruders. Texas, unlike many states, allows deadly force in certain circumstances to recover or protect your property.
Do you have questions about Texas gun laws? At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our attorneys have more than 20 years of combined experience handling a wide range of crimes, including gun charges. To speak with our team, call .