Currently, one of the most hotly debated subjects in the United States concerns gun control laws. Particularly, many argue that certain individuals should be prohibited from owning firearms. On the other side of the argument are those who invoke the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. A number of state and federal laws have been passed governing the possession of firearms, leading some to ask, “Can I own a firearm?”
Federal law prohibits certain people from owning firearms, regardless of where they live, including:
- Those convicted of a felony
- Fugitives from justice
- Those who are dependent on illegal drugs or alcohol
- The mentally ill
- Those convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence
Texas laws tend to support the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. Therefore, the State places very few restrictions on the ownership of a firearm outside of those restrictions required under federal law. In essence, Texas does not apply any other restrictions on owning a firearm than are required by federal law. It may well be said that if it is illegal for you to own a firearm in Texas, it is illegal for you to own a firearm anywhere in America.
You may have questions concerning your rights to own a firearm in Texas. Also, you may have been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. Whatever legal needs concerning firearms you may have, an experienced weapons defense attorney can help. Being charged with the unlawful ownership of a firearm is a serious offense and your rights are likely on the line. Your attorney can help establish your defense and protect your rights.