When a person teases or consistently offends or intimidates another in person, it is known as bullying. The act of bullying often is seen as synonymous with the behavior of school-age children and can be considered as harmless. However, this is simply not the case. Bullying can be perpetrated by a person of any age, and it is very rarely harmless. It can also be a crime under many circumstances.
Most crimes in the U.S. are prosecuted on the state level under state laws. This includes hate crimes and each state has its own version of hate crime legislation. There are also federal hate crime laws, but unless the circumstances are extraordinary, federal officials usually defer to their state counterparts.
Texas is known for its relatively unrestricted laws regarding gun control and the possession of weapons. However, there are still limits to what types of weapons are legal to own or carry.