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Antique Gun Laws And Regulations In Texas

Friday, September 27th, 2019
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Whether you are new to collecting guns and firearms or already have a collection, you probably know that ownership laws vary by state. You should also know that the laws and regulations are different for antique guns than they are for modern guns. The differences depend on how an “antique gun” is defined and how you will store the item. Here are some tips that will help you understand the laws in Texas.

What defines antique guns in Texas?

In the state of Texas, curio and antique guns manufactured before 1899 that do not use centerfire or rimfire ammunition are not considered firearms under the Texas Penal Code Title 10, Chapter 46. These laws include replicas.

Laws regarding gun purchases

It is not legal for felons to own modern guns in Texas, nor is it legal to sell them guns. However, some antique guns can be bought by felons. This includes those that use black powder ammunition. It is best to check the laws in your local area before attempting to buy or sell any weapon to make sure you are compliant.

How you can follow state gun laws

If you are in the market for antique guns, you should get to know all of the gun laws in Texas. Here are some tips to help you do this.

  1. Research state and federal laws before you buy a gun. Although many states follow the federal laws and regulations, you shouldn’t assume your state does.
  2. Contact an expert if you need help. A great place to start is speaking with the state agency that regulates firearms. You can also talk to a local licensed gun dealer or a gun auctioneer.
  3. Get a license. Although you don’t need one to own a gun in Texas, you may need one in a different state. Be sure to get a license if you plan on traveling with your antique gun to a state that requires one. You may also need a license to carry your gun and to use it at a shooting range.
  4. Consider getting a C&R license. This is also known as a curios and relics license and will help you buy and sell antique guns more easily. This federal firearms license isn’t necessary for most gun collectors.

Tips for buying antique guns

You need to be sure you are following laws when buying antique guns. But, you also need to know how to buy one. This is true whether you are getting one from a dealer or from an auction.

Be sure to buy from reputable sellers

You can find out the reputation of a seller by doing some research. Ask about auctioneers and dealers in your area and try searching online. You will be able to find reviews and ratings on websites and on social media. This may not seem like a legal issue, but if you go with a questionable dealer, you may get a modern firearm instead of an antique gun.

Know how to store your antique guns

Many states have specific regulations about storing antique guns. If you are a new collector, you will need to know how to store these before you buy any. This is important both for complying with laws and with displaying your guns. Be sure to speak with an expert that knows the gun laws for your state and city.

Buying antique guns in Texas

If you are looking to start or expand your collection of antique guns, High Plains Auctioneers can help. We offer a variety of auctions throughout the year, including estate and gun auctions with a large variety of items. We have sold guns, accessories, and storage for both antique and modern guns. If you would like to learn more, call us at (806) 244-6776 or Contact Us by Email. Don’t forget to check out our Upcoming Auctions to see what we will have available!