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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2024 ‘Guns in Vehicles in Texas.’ Guns in Public. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 27 February
Guns in Vehicles in Texas
Texas has no laws regarding the carrying of long guns (rifles or shotguns) in motor vehicles.
Texas does not require a person to have a concealed handgun license in order to carry a loaded handgun in a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person's control, although Texas generally prohibits intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carrying a handgun in plain view in a motor vehicle or watercraft. Even concealed handgun license holders must conceal their handguns when in a motor vehicle or watercraft.
A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries a handgun on or about his or her person in a motor vehicle or watercraft that is not owned by the person or under the person's control. However, this provision does not apply to a concealed handgun license holder properly carrying a concealed handgun.
Texas law also prohibits intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possessing or going with a firearm on a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution except pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution.
In 2011, Texas passed a law prohibiting the Department of Family and Child Services from restricting a foster parent from carrying a handgun in a vehicle while transporting a foster child…
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