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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.

Registration & Records


Do I need to register my guns?

Registration Laws

The State of Texas does not maintain a registry of firearms. The federal government also does not maintain a general registry of handgun or rifle ownership. However, the National Firearms Act does require that certain types of firearms or other weapons be registered (such as short barreled shot guns, machine guns, silencers, etc.).

Certain Firearms Coverd by the National Firearms Act (NFA)

What records are kept of firearm transfers in Texas?

Record-Keeping by Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) Dealers

Record-Keeping in Private Transfers

Stolen Firearms