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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


About This Guide

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

State and federal laws and rules regulate many aspects of gun ownership, use, sales, and manufacturing. Understanding this area of the law can be challenging because firearm possession and discharge come up in a variety of contexts. Since this guide is intended to be a starting point in research, it is always wise to pose specific legal questions on this topic to an attorney.

Texas Law

Below you will find references to areas of Texas law that govern use of firearms. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the “Plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Federal Law

Below you will find references to areas of Federal law that govern use of firearms. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the “Plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

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 will take effect on Sept. 1, 2019.

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

Books at the State Law Library

These print books at the State Law Library contain information on gun laws. If you are not able to visit the State Law Library in Austin, these books might be available at a law library near you.

Who Can I Contact?

These agencies may be able to provide more information about gun laws in Texas and the United States.