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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.

Buying & Transferring

Who can buy a gun in Texas? Who is prohibited?

See other pages of this guide for more information on background checks, restrictions on felons, and licenses to carry firearms.

Texas & Federal Laws

Explained in "Plain English"

Private Sales, Gifts, and Inheritances

What types of guns can you buy or have in Texas? What types are prohibited?

Texas & Federal Laws

Explained in "Plain English"

3D-Printed Guns

As 3D printing technology has become more widely accessible, questions have arisen as to whether 3D-printed guns are legal and whether blueprints for making 3D-printed guns can be distributed on the internet.

Can I Make a Gun at Home?

Federal laws regulate the manufacture of firearms in the U.S. and set restrictions on the types of guns that can be made.

Can Blueprints for Making 3D-Printed Guns be Distributed Online?

In 2018, a federal judge blocked the company Defense Distributed from posting blueprints for 3D-printed guns online. This order was the result of ongoing litigation between the company and the U.S. Department of State. So far, the company's efforts to combat the 2018 ruling have been unsuccessful.

Can I buy a gun out of state? Can I sell to someone from a different state?

Federal Law

Explained in "Plain English"

What records are kept of firearm transfers in Texas? Do I need to register my guns?

Record-Keeping by Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) Dealers

Record-Keeping in Private Transfers


Lost or Stolen Firearms