Weapons offenses are taken extremely seriously and can be considered a felony charge. In Texas, this can include illegally possessing or carrying a weapon, improperly discharging a gun, or committing an armed crime.
The following is a list of prohibited weapons in Texas:
- Explosive weapons such as grenades, bombs and rockets
- Machine guns
- Rifles with barrels less than 16 inches long
- Shotguns with barrels less than 18 inches long
- Any rifle or shotgun altered so that the entire weapon is less than 26 inches long
- Switchblades knives
- Brass knuckles
- Improvised handguns, also known as “zip guns”
While some weapons offenses can also be misdemeanors, the consequences of being tried and convicted will still appear on a criminal record, effecting how future employers may view an applicant for a position.
It is illegal for person convicted of felony or misdemeanor domestic assault charges to possess a firearm within five years of completing their jail, prison, or probation sentence. With a felony conviction, possession of any kind of firearm is a third-degree felony.
Providing a gun to a person that is not allowed to own or possess a firearm, such as a convicted felon or intoxicated person, is a Class A misdemeanor. Selling or giving a handgun to a minor without their parent’s permission is a state jail felony charge.
According to the website of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, individuals charged with weapons offenses are often made an example of for political purposes. In these cases, rulings may enforce harsher penalties on the convicted.