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Untitled-45.jpgPeople in the state of Texas value their Second Amendment rights, and many residents own and carry firearms. However, even though Texas has fewer firearm restrictions than many other states, there are still some laws in place that limit where guns can be carried and prevent certain people from possessing or carrying dangerous weapons. For gun owners in Texas, it is important to understand the laws regarding the carrying of weapons and the potential criminal charges that may apply when a person is accused of violating these laws. Weapons violations may include:

Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon

In Texas, it is illegal to carry handguns in public unless certain requirements are met. A handgun can only be carried in public in plain view of others if it is kept in a holster. A person can carry a handgun in a vehicle if it is kept out of plain view, although if they have a valid handgun license, they may carry a handgun in a holster. Handguns can also generally be carried while a person is on their own property, on someone else’s property with the consent of the owner, or en route to a vehicle or boat. 

People who violate these requirements may face criminal charges. Carrying a handgun in public is also prohibited for people who are intoxicated and people who are engaging in criminal activity other than class C misdemeanors or traffic violations. These violations may result in Class A m isdemeanor charges, and a conviction could lead to a sentence of up to one year in jail and a maximum $4,000 fine.

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