After the recent mass shooting in Texas, tensions have been high regarding gun laws, potential legislation and more. While Texas does allow individuals to possess certain types of weapons in certain circumstances, it is in the interests of every person who owns a gun or who is facing weapons-related offenses to know exactly what the law says. Violations of gun laws can result in serious consequences and the need for a strong state or federal criminal defense.
At this time, Texas state laws do not prohibit an individual from owning an AK-47, which is an assault rifle. This particular gun is a current topic of conversation among many because it was used in a recent mass shooting, as well as others in the past. State laws also recently changed to allow people to carry concealed weapons without permits in the event of a disaster evacuation.
Federal law does prohibit the sale and possession of rifles that are certain lengths. However, there are exceptions to this law in some circumstances if the person registers the gun with the proper authority and pays a fee. In order to buy a gun, residents of Texas must be at least 18 years old in order to purchase a rifle, and they have to be at least 21 years old to buy a handgun.
In the devastation of a mass shooting, there can be a significant amount of confusion and misinformation regarding gun laws and rights of citizens. Knowing the law is particularly important for individuals who are currently under investigation or those currently facing weapons charges. It can help to address these concerns with an attorney experienced in state and federal criminal defense and knowledgeable regarding gun laws.