Know Your Ammo – Texas

There are so many varieties of ammo on the market today, but not every type is perceived the same in the eyes of the law. Watch Independent Program Attorney Emily Taylor explain how the type of ammo you use could affect you.  

Emily: Choice of ammunition is just about as personal as your choice of carry weapon. Though there aren’t many laws governing your ammunition. There are a couple of things to keep in mind as you decide how to best arm yourself.

Armor piercing ammunition rounds for handguns is illegal. With that said, there are no other restrictions for ammunition on the books in the state of Texas. You want the nastiest hollowpoints you can find? Perfectly legal. That box of ammunition that says law enforcement use only? Go for it. Your own custom reloads? No problem. Outside the realm of armor piercing ammunition, anything goes.

Now, just because it’s legal doesn’t necessarily mean there are not any consequences to your choice. If you have to use your weapon to shoot an attacker in self-defense, could a prosecutor argue your RIP hollow points or your hand loads are evidence that should be used against you? They can twist any and every fact available to try to get the jury to convict. Will it work? If you’ve got a good defense attorney on your side, probably not. So, as long as it isn’t armor piercing use what you think will keep you and your family safest.

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12 comments on “Know Your Ammo – Texas

  1. Hollow point ammo is the best choice for several reasons. I. It performs better than ball at stopping a human threat. 2. It is not likely to pass through the legal target and hit another person. Ball ammo (even old slow .45 ACP) can pass through a person.

    I consider ball ammo a greater liability from that standpoint. Always use what the police use.

  2. How does one id armour piercing pistol ammo? Are the old “cop killer” ammo like the “Black Talon” & “StarFire” introduced in the ’90s considered armour piercing?

  3. The real question here is , What constitutes Armor piercing handgun ammo? Many handgun rounds will go through Lvl 1- 3a body armor. Even if they aren’t marketed as such. To my knowledge the only handguns that have marketed ” armor piercing ” rounds are the FN-57 and the various pistol AR/ AK’s out there.

  4. Is it legal to use ss109 military Ammo in a ar15 pistol?

  5. I recommend using the same ammunition your local P.D./sheriff issues to their officers.

  6. Great “just saying” comment. Makes you think!

  7. Thank you for that information. It cleared up some mistaken views.

  8. Informative video. I have been selected for a Jury before, where the DA tried to make a big deal out of choice of ammo.
    Since I’ve switched to a Bazooka, I’m limited to my choice of ammo…Just kidding.
    Merry Christmas.

  9. I only use hollow points in my 357 but with a lower grain to lessen the recoil. I have shot solid slugs in my 9mm and I don’t feel they would be a better choice for me as far as safety & stopping power is concerned. Even shooting a silhouette target between the eyes or a heart shot with the 9mm doesn’t give me that comfort because in a life or death situation an attacker is not going to stand still while you take careful aim. Hollow points for me, I’ll worry about the DA when the time comes & thank God I’m still here to talk to the DA.

  10. What characteristics of a particular choice of ammunition might be argued in court as being/defining “armor piercing” ammunition?

  11. Great tip! It’s nice to have information to help keep up with the legal issues.

  12. I always heard don’t carry reloaded ammo. Prosecutors could argue you’re some kind of gunslinger that determined factory ammo wasn’t nasty enough. You have to figure that most people on a grand jury probably don’t anything about guns.

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