How to Buy a Gun in Texas

The right to bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The laws on how to buy a gun in every state are slightly different. Here is the information on how to buy a gun in Texas.

Decide which kind of gun you'd like to purchase. Shotguns and Rifles are easier to purchase than handguns. Define the purpose for which you want the gun (hunting or sport shooting) and that will dictate which process you must complete.

Go to your local gun store and talk with the arms dealer. The representatives at the gun store will be able to assist you with your purchase as to which gun is right for you. Once you have narrowed down your choice, select your gun.

Complete the FBI NICS background check, which is required by law. This will alert the people at the store if you have a felony conviction. In Texas, you may possess a firearm on the premises where you live after 5 years have elapsed since your prison or parole term has ended. They use whichever term is later.

Buy your gun from the dealer. There is no waiting period in Texas. Once you have passed the FBI NICS background check or have received your CHL (if required) you can walk out of the store that day with your gun. Congratulations, you just learned how to buy a gun in Texas.


  • Gun laws frequently change. Be sure to check the state website for the latest information on how to obtain a CHL and other regulations.

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