Q: Do I need a gun permit if I have a handgun in my home?
A: In Texas, no permit is required for carrying a handgun on your own property. Also, you may carry a loaded handgun without a permit while in or heading directly to a motor vehicle or watercraft that you own or control.
Q: Can a convicted felon own a firearm in Texas?
A: According to Texas Penal Code Section 46.04, a convicted felon commits an offense if he or she possesses a firearm after conviction and before the 5th anniversary of the person’s release from confinement following conviction of the felony, or the person’s release from supervision under community supervision, parole, or mandatory supervision, whichever date is later at any location other than their own residence. Federal law imposes greater restrictions than Texas law and does not include a time limit, so if a convicted felon possesses a firearm after the Texas 5 year limitation, he or she is breaking federal law by possessing a firearm in their own home.
Q: In Texas, what is the blade length limit for carrying a knife?
A: The blade may not be more than 5-1/2 inches long. The blade is entire length past the handle, and not just the sharpened portion of the blade.
Q: If I have a concealed handgun license (CHL) in Texas, am I allowed to carry it anywhere?
A: No. Even if you have a Texas CHL, there are restrictions on carrying a concealed handgun. Refer to the list of restricted places here.