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.
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Disclaimer: The State Law Library cannot tell you what a law means for your situation.
Some of the provisions within this subchapter, "Protection of Persons," are often referred to as the "stand your ground" laws. This section discusses some circumstances under which a person may use deadly force to defend themselves or others.
This private attorney's blog post breaks down the concept of "the castle doctrine" as it appears in Texas law. The blog post also includes discussions of justifications of the use of force in various scenarios.
Chapter 5 (starting on p. 123) of the State Bar of Texas's book Texas Perspectives on Firearms Law, 2014 provides a history and overview of Texas's "Castle Doctrine" laws and cites to relevant court cases. The chapter discusses in detail legislation passed in 2007 that affected a person's "duty to retreat" and defined the terms "habitation" and "vehicle."