Texas Laws regarding Rifles

Texas Laws regarding Rifles

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    Texas Laws regarding Rifles

    I have done some internet seaches to see if it is legal to carry a rifle or shotgun in public (Texas). Does anyone know if there are laws against it? I am familiar with handgun laws, but what about long guns?


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    Regardless of the laws, I would be very particular in where you carry.

    But AFAIK, there is no law against open carrying a shotgun or rifle. Unless in a hunting area, i would say the chances of getting a MWAG call is extremely likely.

    Also, who knows if they get you with a "disturbing the peace" or something along those lines.

    Texas Penal Code 42.01 Disorderly Conduct. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly (8) displays a firearm or other deadly weapon in a public place in a manner calculated to alarm; (c) for purposes of this section: (1) an act is deemed to occur in a public place or near a private residence if it produces its offensive or proscribed consequences in the public place or near a private residence.

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    APD has repeatedly threatened to arrest anyone that wanted to open carry long guns in Austin for various political rallies etc.

    That being said supposedly one guy carried an unloaded AK-47 at a recent TEA party rally and was not arrested:

    Gingrich addresses tea party rally in Austin | AP Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

    One man at the rally, Jim Dillon, walked through the crowd carrying an AK-47 on his shoulder that he said was unloaded and legal. A state trooper stopped the man, examined the weapon and let him continue walking.

    "Our rights are hanging by a thread already as it is," Dillon said, referencing the constitutional right to bear arms. "If we don't exercise our rights frequently, we'll lose them."

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    Generally, in Texas, that which is not prohibited is permitted. So, generally, in Texas, long guns may be carried, on or about one's person, loaded or unloaded, concealed or not. No CHL is required to conceal a long gun, and it would SEEM that 30.06 signs do not apply to long guns.

    As always, beware of local ordinances, customs, and manners.

    Regarding "manner calculated to alarm," discretion is always a good idea. If the weapon itself is visible, slung is better than in the hands, and if in the hands, muzzle vertical, up or down, is more discreet than "port arms" position, and port arms is more discreet than low ready or high ready. Point the muzzle at anyone, without justification, and we are beyond Disorderly Conduct, and at Deadly Condict, or Aggravated Assault, depending on the totality of the circumstances.

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    BTW, a snowshoe bag can conceal an AR15, and a lacrosse racquet bag can conceal a Mini-14 or lever rifle. Been there, done that; both bags have nice shoulder straps.

    It looks like long skateboard bags and camera tripod bags can do likewise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexster View Post
    BTW, a snowshoe bag can conceal an AR15,
    Isn't a snowshoe bag in Texas a little bit out of place?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    Isn't a snowshoe bag in Texas a little bit out of place?
    I reckon folks in the top of the Panhandle might get some use of of snowshoes; it's about as cold as Montana up there. Really, though, the snowshoe bag looks a lot like a tennis racquet bag.

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