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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Guns in Vehicles in Texas.’ Guns in Public. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 21 June

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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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