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The Gun Laws in Texas

In Texas, it is generally illegal to carry a handgun outside of a person’s own premises. Texas has no laws regarding possession of “long-barreled firearms” or “long guns” by persons 18 years or older, or handguns by persons 21 years or older, without felony convictions (all existing restrictions in State law mirror Federal law).

The state of Texas has a long program that you can go through to get your license to fire and care a handgun. With this program you must 21 years of age or older to take this course and buy your own handgun.

The Texas concealed carry permit is called a “Concealed Handgun License” or CHL. Permits are issued on a non-discretionary (“shall-issue”) basis to all eligible, qualified applicants. Texas allows concealed handguns to be legally carried with a CHL issued by Texas or by a state which Texas recognizes. If a license holder is in possession of a concealed handgun, they must produce their concealed weapons license along with another valid identification upon the demand of a police officer.

The second major law in Texas is that you are not allowed to carry a concealed weapon. This means that you are not allowed to carry a weapon that is hidden in any way.

Texas law allows a person to use force in the protection of property to prevent or terminate another’s trespass or other unlawful interference with the possession of real or personal property. Deadly force can be used in Texas when the crime against property is classified as arson, burglary, robbery, criminal mischief at night or theft at night. Deadly force may also be used to prevent a person from fleeing with property immediately after the commission of a burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, or theft during the nighttime if the actor believes that the property cannot be recovered by any other means or the use of force other than deadly force would expose the person to a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury

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