Texas Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for Texas Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact Texas gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to Texas can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

Texas State Constitution

"Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime."

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

"All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient."

"The citizens shall have the right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together for their common good; and apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances or other purposes, by petition, address or remonstrance."

Texas Gun Laws

Texas Gun Laws Overview (Source: NRA-ILA)
Texas Concealed Carry (CCW) Overview (Source: HandgunLaw.us)
Texas Handgun Licensing (Source: Texas Department of Public Safety)
Texas License To Carry A Handgun (Source: Texas Department of Public Safety)
Texas Handgun Licensing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (Source: Texas Department of Public Safety)

Texas Hunting Rules & Regulations

Texas Hunting (Source: Texas Parks & Wildlife)
Texas Hunting Licenses and Permits (Source: Texas Parks & Wildlife)
Texas Hunting & Fishing Licenses Online (Source: Texas Parks & Wildlife)
Texas Hunter Education (Source: Texas Parks & Wildlife)

Texas Shooting Ranges

Texas Shooting Sports Opportunities (Source: Texas Parks & Wildlife)
NSSF-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NSSF's WhereToShoot.org)
NRA-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NRA.org)
All Shooting Ranges (Source: RangeListings.com)

Texas Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

IDPA Clubs (Source: IDPA.com)
IDPA Matches (Source: IDPA.com)
USPSA Clubs (Source: USPSA.org)
USPSA Matches (Source: USPSA.org)
USA Shooting Clubs (Source: USAShooting.org)
USA Shooting Matches (Source: USAShooting.org)
4-H Shooting Sports State Contacts (Source: 4-HShootingSports.org)

Texas NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

Texas State Firearm & Hunting Associations

Texas Gun Shows and FFLs

Texas Gun & Knife Shows (Source: GunShows-USA.com)
Texas Gun Shows (Source: GunShowTrader.com)
Texas FFL Holders (Source: FFLGunDealers.net)
NICS Firearm Checks by State (Source: FBI.gov)
Texas Mental Health Records Submitted to NICS (Source: FixNICS.org)

Texas's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

Texas Elected Public Officials

Congressional (Source: VoteSmart.org)
Gubernatorial (Source: VoteSmart.org)
State Legislature (Source: VoteSmart.org)
Statewide Officials (Source: VoteSmart.org)
NRA's Ranking of Texas Public Officials (Source: NRA-PVF.org)

Texas Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Texas State Checkbook (Source: Open The Books)
Texas State Employees (Source: Open The Books)
Texas Personal & Economic Freedom Ranking (Source: CATO Institute)
Texas Civil Asset Forfeiture (aka "Policing For Profit") Ranking (Source: Institute for Justice)

Texas State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Texas State Business Tax Climate Rank (Source: Tax Foundation)
Taxes in Texas (Source: Tax Foundation)