USLS: That’s fairly straightforward. Can you tell me about carrying concealed in Texas?
WT: “Qualified Texans can carry concealed with or without a permit, in virtually any way that they choose. Location restrictions and a dizzying number of statutory signs can prohibit your concealed carry, so know the law before you hit the town with your handgun.”
USLS: And what does Texas state law say regarding background checks?
WT: “The State of Texas does not impose any additional background check requirements over and above the federal law.
USLS: That’s a plus! On a related note, how does a domestic violence conviction, or Class A misdemeanor affect getting a license to carry for Texans?
WT: “Any conviction for a domestic violence offense (often called a “family violence” offense) removes your ability to purchase and possess firearms under federal law. This will also prohibit you, for life, from getting a Texas License to Carry a handgun. Further, any Class A misdemeanor conviction for an offense that occurred within the previous five years will delay your Texas License to Carry until the expiration of that five years.”
USLS: Ok, so does a Class A misdemeanor also affect possession of a firearm under Texas Law?
WT: “Class A misdemeanor convictions that are not domestic violence do not impact your ability to buy a gun in Texas.”
USLS: It doesn’t take asking many questions to see why talking to an attorney is such a good idea. This book will be very helpful! Do I need a handgun license to own a handgun in Texas?
WT: “No, Texas does not have any permitting requirement for the mere ownership of a handgun.”
USLS: Can people exercising their constitutional carry rights wind up accidentally violating Texas Penal Code if they are carrying a concealed weapon without a license to carry?
WT: “Carry laws in Texas are complex and confusing. Well-intentioned gun owners accidentally break the law every day without meaning to do so. You MUST educate yourself on your carry rights, particularly if you do not have a license or permit to carry.”
USLS: That’s everything we had for today, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us, and for writing the book on Texas gun law. I’m sure everyone will find it quite helpful, and maybe even help someone avoid unintentionally breaking the law.
WT: “Anytime, thanks for coming by. We hope so too!”
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