Examining the unlawful possession of a firearm in Texas

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2018 | Weapons Crimes

The state of Texas has laws in place that help to prevent people from possessing weapons, such as firearms, if they have convictions on their records. Today, we will take a look at the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm in Texas so you know whether or not you are allowed to have a gun or other firearm.

Have you recently been convicted in a domestic violence case? If so, you probably can’t own a firearm. It is against Texas law to possess a firearm within the first five years of being released from supervision or from a prison sentence that was the result of a domestic violence conviction even if it was a misdemeanor.

Convicted felons in Texas are also not automatically permitted to possess a firearm according to Section 46.04 (a) of the Penal Code in Texas. The convicted felon cannot have a firearm for the five years following their conviction. Once the five years are complete, the convicted felon may possess a firearm — but only while on their own property and nowhere else.

If you have a protective order against you or are under a restraining order, you cannot possess a firearm in Texas. The possession of the firearm is only enforced for the duration of the order in which you are named, however.

Weapons crimes are quite common in Texas. If any of the circumstances mentioned in today’s post match your life then it is against the law for you to possess a firearm for the time being. Make sure you know how the law applies to your specific situation before you buy a firearm to avoid a potential issue.

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