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.


A Sig Sauer P320 9mm handgun, with Gov. Abbott's signing pens behind it, at a shooting range in Austin. The governor signed Senate Bill 6, which reduces the first-time fee for a license to carry handguns, at the range, on May 26, 2017.
Gov. Abbott prepares to fire a silencer-equipped Sig Sauer P320 at a shooting range in Austin after signing Senate Bill 16, which reduces the first-time fee for a license to carry handguns, on May 26, 2017.
Gov. Greg Abbott in Pflugerville, Texas, for signing of open-carry bill on June 13, 2015. Gov. Greg Abbott signs an open-carry bill passed by the state Legislature at Red’s Indoor Range, a gun store and shooting range in Pflugerville, Texas, on June 13, 2015. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and Austin Police Association President Kenneth Casaday speak with state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, right, on Feb. 12, 2015, at the Texas Capitol. Anti-guns advocates inside Texas Capitol where the Senate Committee on State Affairs is listening to testimony SB 11 & SB 17 both related to handguns on Feb. 12th, 2015 Jason Orsek with Come and Take it America wears a cloth gun holder with a photo of a gun imprinted on it at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 12, 2015, when the Senate Committee on State Affairs heard testimony on gun-related bills. 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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