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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Texas, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 37.0%1
2002: 35.9%2
2001: 35.9%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Texas, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 46.26%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Texas, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 57.8%5 6
1991/2000: 65.8%
1981/1990: 71.4%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Texas, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 2,8487
2013: 2,778
2012: 2,743
2011: 2,599
2010: 2,714
2009: 2,691
2008: 2,598
2007: 2,561
2006: 2,422
2005: 2,490
2004: 2,342
2003: 2,432
2002: 2,301
2001: 2,350
2000: 2,168
1999: 2,117

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 10.567
2013: 10.48
2012: 10.51
2011: 10.13
2010: 10.79
2009: 10.85
2008: 10.69
2007: 10.75
2006: 10.37
2005: 10.93
2004: 10.46
2003: 11.04
2002: 10.61
2001: 11.02
2000: 10.40
1999: 10.30

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Texas, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 1,3547
2012: 1,324
2011: 1,266
2010: 1,363
2009: 1,502
2008: 1,487
2007: 1,495
2006: 1,467
2005: 1,501
2004: 1,416
2003: 1,525
2002: 1,421
2001: 1,415
2000: 1,317
1999: 1,319

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 5.127
2012: 5.08
2011: 4.94
2010: 5.42
2009: 6.06
2008: 6.12
2007: 6.27
2006: 6.28
2005: 6.59
2004: 6.32
2003: 6.92
2002: 6.55
2001: 6.64
2000: 6.32
1999: 6.42

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Texas, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 9127
2012: 894
2011: 812
2010: 913
2009: 1,003
2008: 1,006
2007: 1,029
2006: 1,033
2005: 1,009
2004: 923
2003: 974
2002: 889
2001: 873
2000: 804
1999: 794

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.457
2012: 3.43
2011: 3.17
2010: 3.63
2009: 4.04
2008: 4.14
2007: 4.32
2006: 4.42
2005: 4.43
2004: 4.12
2003: 4.42
2002: 4.10
2001: 4.09
2000: 3.86
1999: 3.86

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Texas, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 5309 10
2012: 493
2011: 497
2010: 581
2009: 661
2008: 706
2007: 727
2006: 711
2005: 767
2004: 688
2003: 643
2002: 561
2001: 588
2000: 539
1999: 527
1998: 652
1997: 630
1996: 689
1995: 838

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.0012
2012: 1.89
2011: 1.94
2010: 2.30
2009: 2.67
2008: 2.90
2007: 3.05
2006: 3.04
2005: 3.37
2004: 3.07
2003: 2.92
2002: 2.59
2001: 2.76
2000: 2.57
1999: 2.56
1998: 3.23
1997: 3.19
1996: 3.56
1995: 4.42

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Texas, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 4813 10
2012: 42
2011: 56
2010: 58
2009: 46
2008: 41
2007: 45
2006: 35
2005: 36
2004: 14
2003: 20
2002: 30
2001: 25
2000: 32
1999: 28

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Texas, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1813 10
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.22
2010: 0.23
2009: 0.19
2008: 0.17
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.16
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.09
2002: 0.14
2001: 0.12
2000: 0.15
1999: 0.14

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Texas, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 649 10
2012: 69
2011: 85
2010: 82
2009: 113
2008: 110
2007: 118
2006: 124
2005: 115
2004: 119
2003: 133
2002: 117
2001: 120
2000: 40
1999: 131
1998: 152
1997: 140
1996: 162
1995: 181

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.2412
2012: 0.26
2011: 0.33
2010: 0.32
2009: 0.46
2008: 0.45
2007: 0.50
2006: 0.53
2005: 0.50
2004: 0.53
2003: 0.60
2002: 0.54
2001: 0.56
2000: 0.19
1999: 0.64
1998: 0.75
1997: 0.71
1996: 0.84
1995: 0.95

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Texas, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 4813 10
2012: 53
2011: 64
2010: 76
2009: 74
2008: 68
2007: 76
2006: 83
2005: 89
2004: 86
2003: 77
2002: 70
2001: 69
2000: 71
1999: 80

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Texas, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1813 10
2012: 0.20
2011: 0.25
2010: 0.30
2009: 0.30
2008: 0.28
2007: 0.32
2006: 0.36
2005: 0.39
2004: 0.38
2003: 0.35
2002: 0.32
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.34
1999: 0.39

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Texas, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 1669 10
2012: 183
2011: 117
2010: 142
2009: 88
2008: 79
2007: 101
2006: 114
2005: 64
2004: 75
2003: 49
2002: 84
2001: 114
2000: 105
1999: 88
1998: 95
1997: 106
1996: 111
1995: 124

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.6312
2012: 0.70
2011: 0.46
2010: 0.56
2009: 0.35
2008: 0.32
2007: 0.42
2006: 0.49
2005: 0.28
2004: 0.33
2003: 0.22
2002: 0.39
2001: 0.53
2000: 0.50
1999: 0.43
1998: 0.47
1997: 0.54
1996: 0.57
1995: 0.65

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Texas, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 81613 10
2012: 799
2011: 692
2010: 779
2009: 883
2008: 897
2007: 908
2006: 915
2005: 884
2004: 823
2003: 877
2002: 789
2001: 779
2000: 701
1999: 686

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Texas, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.0913 10
2012: 3.07
2011: 2.70
2010: 3.10
2009: 3.56
2008: 3.69
2007: 3.81
2006: 3.92
2005: 3.88
2004: 3.68
2003: 3.98
2002: 3.64
2001: 3.65
2000: 3.36
1999: 3.34

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Texas, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 3,0597
2012: 3,037
2011: 2,896
2010: 2,891
2009: 2,809
2008: 2,552
2007: 2,433
2006: 2,347
2005: 2,418
2004: 2,300
2003: 2,363
2002: 2,311
2001: 2,225
2000: 2,053
1999: 2,005

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 11.577
2012: 11.65
2011: 11.29
2010: 11.50
2009: 11.33
2008: 10.50
2007: 10.21
2006: 10.05
2005: 10.62
2004: 10.27
2003: 10.73
2002: 10.65
2001: 10.44
2000: 9.85
1999: 9.75

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Texas, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 1,7807
2012: 1,744
2011: 1,684
2010: 1,702
2009: 1,583
2008: 1,506
2007: 1,411
2006: 1,311
2005: 1,381
2004: 1,318
2003: 1,350
2002: 1,315
2001: 1,377
2000: 1,269
1999: 1,224

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 6.737
2012: 6.69
2011: 6.57
2010: 6.77
2009: 6.38
2008: 6.20
2007: 5.92
2006: 5.61
2005: 6.06
2004: 5.89
2003: 6.13
2002: 6.06
2001: 6.46
2000: 6.09
1999: 5.95

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Texas, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 21913
2012: 199
2011: 186
2010: 185
2009: 174
2008: 194
2007: 176
2006: 142
2005: 161
2004: 124
2003: 153
2002: 150
2001: 132
2000: 146
1999: 116

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8313
2012: 0.76
2011: 0.72
2010: 0.74
2009: 0.70
2008: 0.80
2007: 0.74
2006: 0.61
2005: 0.71
2004: 0.55
2003: 0.69
2002: 0.69
2001: 0.62
2000: 0.70
1999: 0.56

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Texas, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 19913
2012: 215
2011: 232
2010: 232
2009: 206
2008: 220
2007: 187
2006: 210
2005: 236
2004: 207
2003: 207
2002: 209
2001: 238
2000: 197
1999: 212

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.7513
2012: 0.83
2011: 0.90
2010: 0.92
2009: 0.83
2008: 0.91
2007: 0.78
2006: 0.90
2005: 1.04
2004: 0.92
2003: 0.94
2002: 0.96
2001: 1.12
2000: 0.94
1999: 1.03

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Texas, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 1,36213
2012: 1,330
2011: 1,266
2010: 1,285
2009: 1,203
2008: 1,092
2007: 1,048
2006: 959
2005: 984
2004: 987
2003: 990
2002: 956
2001: 1,007
2000: 926
1999: 896

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 5.1513
2012: 5.10
2011: 4.93
2010: 5.11
2009: 4.85
2008: 4.49
2007: 4.40
2006: 4.11
2005: 4.32
2004: 4.41
2003: 4.49
2002: 4.41
2001: 4.72
2000: 4.44
1999: 4.36

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Texas, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 387
2012: 45
2011: 57
2010: 54
2009: 55
2008: 46
2007: 78
2006: 45
2005: 62
2004: 63
2003: 57
2002: 53
2001: 58
2000: 60
1999: 66

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.147
2012: 0.17
2011: 0.22
2010: 0.21
2009: 0.22
2008: 0.19
2007: 0.33
2006: 0.19
2005: 0.27
2004: 0.28
2003: 0.26
2002: 0.24
2001: 0.27
2000: 0.29
1999: 0.32

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Texas, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 10
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Texas, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 10
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 10
2007: 11
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 11
2004: 11
2003: 12
2002: 14
2001: 10
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 13

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Texas, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 3213
2012: 35
2011: 40
2010: 37
2009: 44
2008: 29
2007: 59
2006: 31
2005: 43
2004: 48
2003: 43
2002: 30
2001: 41
2000: 45
1999: 47

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1213
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.16
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.18
2008: 0.12
2007: 0.25
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.19
2004: 0.21
2003: 0.20
2002: 0.14
2001: 0.19
2000: 0.22
1999: 0.23

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Texas, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 207
2012: 32
2011: 21
2010: 24
2009: 24
2008: 16
2007: 19
2006: 13
2005: 13
2004: 19
2003: 14
2002: 16
2001: 13
2000: 12
1999: 23

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.087
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.08
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.08
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.11

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Texas, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Texas, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Texas, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 1813
2012: 26
2011: 19
2010: 19
2009: 21
2008: 12
2007: 16
2006: 11
2005: 12
2004: 18
2003: 13
2002: 12
2001: 10
2000: 10
1999: 20

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Texas, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.10

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Texas, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 6318
2010: 109
2009: 118
2008: 9419
2007: 92
2006: 68
2005: 55
2004: 51
2003: 68
2002: 72
2001: 4620
2000: 45
1999: 46
1998: 58
1997: 69
1996: 55
1995: 74

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Texas at a rate of 9.021 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Texas ranked at No. 3921 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Texas is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Texas includes the Texas Statutes 2011 and the Constitution of Texas 187623

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Texas are regulated by the State of Texas (with some exceptions for local governments)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Texas, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Texas, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Texas, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Texas, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Texas, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Texas, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Texas is not specified by law, but 18 years for purchase37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Texas stipulates38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Texas, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Texas, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Texas, licensed firearm dealers are not required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Texas, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Texas, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Texas is not obliged44 42 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Texas is not obliged (under State Law)45 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Texas, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited46 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Texas is reported to be

2015: 10,91047
2014: 10,82948
2013: 10,53249
2012: 9,61450
2011: 8,91251

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Texas, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined52 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Texas, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated53 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Texas do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Texas do not include55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Texas include56 54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Texas, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law57 58 59 60 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Texas, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not61 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Texas, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited for handguns and is allowed, without a permit, for long guns62 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Texas, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Texas, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 63 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Texas, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Texas, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are exempt64 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Texas, private guns are prohibited in polling places, courthouse, racetracks, airports, place of death sentence on day of execution, correctional facilities, certain state-owned lands, athletic events (with limited exceptions), hospitals and nursing homes (with limited exceptions), any prohibited place, bars, churches,65 vehicles (exposed handguns)56 and schools66 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Texas as ‘F’67

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Texas on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 468
2010: 669
2009: 970
2008: 971
2007: 972

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Texas at No. 4573 among 50 US States


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