Do You Need to Register Your New Gun?
No, you do not have to register it. There is no gun registry in Texas or on the federal level, so there is no one for you to register your gun with. For your own records, you will want to write down the make, model, and serial number of the firearm, along with when, and from whom you received the firearm. This way, if the firearm is ever lost or stolen, you will have this information available to provide to law enforcement.
Gifts from Out-of-State Residents
What if your uncle from Florida gives you a handgun for the holidays? This is problematic and qualifies as an interstate transfer of a handgun, even if your uncle is temporarily in Texas. Interstate handgun transfers must go through an FFL. In this scenario, you should politely decline to take possession of the firearm and ask your uncle to transfer it through an FFL.
Is it Legal for Me to Drive Home with My New Firearm in the Car?
Yes, in Texas it is legal for a person with or without a License to Carry (“LTC”) to carry a loaded, concealed handgun in their vehicle. If you have an LTC, then you can openly carry the handgun in a belt or shoulder holster, as well.
What if You Were Given a Long Gun Rather than a Handgun?
In Texas, you do not need to have an LTC to carry a long gun either concealed or visible in your car, as long as you are not displaying the firearm in a manner calculated to alarm.
If you have any questions about being gifted a gun for the holidays, call Texas LawShield and ask to speak to an Independent Program Attorney.
Interested in knowing more?
Check out our previous articles “Can I Gift a Gun?,” “Can I Go to Jail for Gifting a Gun?,” and “Giving Guns as Gifts: Doing It Right.”