How to Purchase/Own a Firearm in Texas

The second amendment right to bear arms is vigilantly protected in the state of Texas. However, carefully understanding each detail of the gun laws in your state is essential in protecting yourself from facing serious charges.

To avoid violating gun laws, it is important to understand what you can and cannot do when purchasing and owning a firearm in Texas. Reach out to our firm today to learn more about your rights as a gun owner. If you have been charged with a gun crime, contact us today to understand your options. Continue reading to answer some of the most common questions asked concerning gun laws in Texas:

Do I need a gun permit to own a handgun in Texas?

Gun permits are not required to own a handgun in Texas. If you are over the age of 21, you have the right to purchase and possess a handgun without the need for a permit. With this being said, you do require a permit if you wish to carry a handgun concealed.

Am I required to get a permit to own a shotgun or rifle in Texas?

As long as you are over the age of 18, you are able to own a shotgun or rifle without a permit.

Do I need an owner’s license to possess a firearm in Texas?

To possess a firearm in Texas, you do not need an owner’s license. Owner’s licenses are not required under Texas law for firearms.

Do I have to register handguns or long arms in Texas?

You do not need to register handguns or long arms in Texas.

Am I allowed to carry a firearm concealed in Texas?

You are allowed to carry a firearm concealed in Texas. However, you must receive a permit to carry concealed. This permit must explicitly allow permission to carry concealed in order to do so legally.

Does Texas recognize the castle doctrine?

Texas law recognizes the Castle Doctrine. The Castle Doctrine gives Texas residents the right to use deadly force against intruders in their homes. As Texas residents, you are able to protect yourself from unlawful or forced intrusions by using deadly force. For example, if someone breaks into your home, you have the right to use your firearm for self-defense purposes.


We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.