Tribpedia: Guns In Texas

Texas is a gun-friendly state where lawmakers have been historically reluctant to restrict citizens' rights to own and carry firearms.

Firearms can be sold to anyone but minors, those known to have criminal intentions, and people who are intoxicated.

Use is barred in public places, across city streets, and in other situations.

Possession is legal except in specified places (churches, race tracks, prisons, etc.).

And Texans are allowed — so long as they are licensed by the state — to carry concealed handguns in places where guns are otherwise not allowed.


Presidential candidate Ted Cruz's campaign website raising money after President Obama outlined executive action on gun sales.
Gov. Greg Abbott in Pflugerville, Texas, for signing of open-carry bill on June 13, 2015.

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