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Is your right to carry a firearm at risk?

Texas law recently broadened the rights of those with concealed carry permits. But could recent attacks on officers force lawmakers to revisit state gun laws?

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It is possible. Here is a recap of the recently passed expansion of concealed carry in Texas. We also discuss how a felony charge or conviction could affect your firearm rights.

University campus extension

Senate Bill 11 went into effect on August 1, 2016. It now allows gun owners with a concealed carry permit to carry on university campuses. This removes the need to leave a 9mm in the glove box when stepping onto a campus.

Could a criminal matter limit your gun rights?

Unfortunately, even a misdemeanor conviction can partially or completely strip you of the right to possess or own a firearm. Any criminal charges must be taken very seriously if you are a hunter, enjoy target shooting or went through some effort to get a concealed carry permit.

Here is a general overview of what can happen:

  • Any felony conviction will immediately eliminate your right to buy or possess a firearm. Federal and state laws apply, so even leaving Texas won't change this reality. If you are caught with a gun, you could face serious felon in possession charges.
  • Texas laws may permit you to possess a firearm while inside your home after five years from prison release or state supervision. It's always best to discuss this with your attorney prior to handling a firearm in your home because federal laws still apply.

Misdemeanor convictions that do not involve family violence shouldn't impact your legal right to purchase, own or possess a firearm, but it might limit your ability to qualify for a concealed carry permit.

If you have questions about whether your current legal problems might result in the suspension of your concealed carry permit or the complete loss of all gun ownership rights, discuss the issue with a skilled criminal defense lawyer at Harris Cook LLP. We have various strategies and tools that may help minimize the consequences of a criminal charge.

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