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Gun Laws

This guide provides information on Texas and federal gun laws including: background checks, open carry, concealed carry, handgun licenses, restrictions for felons, and local regulation of firearms and shooting ranges.

General Information


This guide provides information on gun laws in Texas including new Texas laws (effective 9/1/2019).

Note Gun laws and procedures may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Firearms page on the Disasters & Emergencies research guide for current information related to COVID-19 and gun laws.

Texas Law

Below you will find references to some frequently-asked-about Texas laws that govern the use of firearms. See other pages of this guide for more laws and information.

Texas Law

Understanding the Law

Federal Law

Below you will find references to some frequently-asked-about Federal laws that govern the use of firearms. See other pages of this guide for more laws and information.

Federal Law

Understanding the Law

New Texas Laws (2019)

Several new laws relating to firearms were passed in the 86th Texas Legislature (2019).

Note: Each of the new laws listed below took effect on Sept. 1, 2019.

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