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.


Seis Steves protests the newly enacted campus carry law at the Cocks Not Glocks rally at UT Austin, August 24, 2016.
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. House Rep. David Cicilline shows Democratic members
of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. John Lewis (R) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand
action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2016.
State Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, wearing an "I'm Poncho" sticker on Jan. 28, 2015 after fellow Rep. Alfonso "Poncho" Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, was the target of threats and racial slurs from some gun advocates. Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, prepares to leave the Senate chamber after he tried to generate support for his guns-on-campus bill SB354 on April 11, 2011 Colin Goddard Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs at the Brady Campaign, was at the Capitol lobbying against allowing handguns on college campuses.

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