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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.


New Texas Legislation

Note There may be new laws passed during the 88th Legislative Sessions that affect this subject. 

Read the library's Spotlight post on the ending of the 88th Regular Session and what comes next. We briefly discuss deadlines, the governor's veto power, and how to find new legislation. To research new legislation on this topic, please see the resources below.

Who can buy a gun in Texas?

Texas & Federal Laws

Understanding the Law

Age Limits

Private Sales & Gun Shows