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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.

Felons & Firearms


Texas and Federal Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Penal Code and federal law that govern possession of firearms by people with a felony conviction. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the “plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Understanding the Law

Who is prohibited from having a firearm?

Texas Laws vs. Federal Laws

Texas laws and federal laws differ when it comes to the possession of a firearm by a felon or other prohibited person. The resources below explain those differences and discuss the implications.

Antique Firearms

Restoration of Firearm Rights

Who Can I Contact?