Gun Laws

10 New Gun Laws for Texas for 2020

The Legislature Shoots Back We enter 2020 secure in the knowledge that the Texas legislature has our backs on gun rights. If you want proof, look no further than the 10 bills that went into effect last year. I Missed a No Guns Allowed Sign, Now What? The law now gives you a defense of “mistake.” Everyone knows that it is fairly easy to miss a posted sign that states handguns are...

Into the Line of Fire – Federal Gun Laws Stymie Estate Executors

It is fairly common when a gun owner dies for his or her probate estate to end up holding firearms. That may be hazardous for the probate executor and the beneficiaries, whose ignorance of the federal and state gun laws could result in some pretty lengthy jail time. First, some background. Texas lightly regulates the buying and selling of firearms. In contrast, the federal government heavily regulates every part of the...

Gun Trusts in Texas

We’re Texans, and we love our guns. In fact, Texans own more National Firearms Act weapons than any other state. And that is why we all need to know about gun trusts. A gun trust is a convenient method to own an NFA firearm and comply with the fairly complex Federal laws. Why is that important?  Because violating the Federal gun laws can result in fines (up to $10,000), imprisonment (up...

Gun Trusts

By Virginia Hammerle, Attorney   Guns are regulated by a mix of federal and state laws.   Probating an estate that contains guns can be difficult, and could even expose the executor to criminal penalties. The National Firearms Act,  the Gun Control Act of 1968 and, most recently, the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act  outlines gun regulation for certain types of firearms,  such as machine guns, suppressors, short-barreled shotguns (sawed-off shotguns), and destructive devices...
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