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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.

Gifts & Inheritance

Gifts & Inheritance

Giving or Receiving a Gun as a Gift

Inheriting a Gun

Straw Purchases

One thing to note is that federal law prohibits "straw purchases." A straw purchase is when a person buys a gun on behalf of a person that they know or believe:

  • is prohibited by law to have a gun
  • intends to carry, use, possess, or dispose of the gun for a felony offense, terrorism, or drug trafficking.
  • intends to give or sell the gun to another person who is prohibited by law to have a gun

This offense carries a potential prison sentence of up to fifteen years, or up to 25 years if the offender knew or had reason to believe that the gun would be used for a felony offense, terrorism, or drug trafficking. 

Understanding the Law