An Introduction to Gun Law
Due to the political conversation today, it is nearly impossible to avoid thinking about gun policy. While these conversations usually focus on keeping guns away from those who shouldn’t have them, they usually fail to adequately discuss handgun law.
There are many rules and regulations surrounding who is eligible to receive a handgun license, and breaking those rules can lead to stiff penalties. Keep reading to learn more about the intricacies of handgun license policy and what you can do to avoid punishment.
This blog will focus on handgun license policy within the state of Texas. If you’re outside the state, it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules in your specific location, as gun policy varies from state to state.
However, even if you do not live in Texas, you may find this blog post helpful, especially if you need advice on how to avoid any harsh penalties if you’ve been accused of a handgun license violation.
Why You May be Found in Violation
Unfortunately, there are many different ways in which one can be found in violation of handgun license rules in Texas. These include, but are not limited to:
- Expired License: Just like with a driver’s license, your handgun license needs to be up to date if you are in possession of a handgun. If you are found carrying a handgun with an expired license, you can be found in violation of handgun license rules. Additionally, it doesn’t matter if you were aware or not that your license has expired. The amount of time you have to renew depends on how many times the carrier in question has renewed their license in the past.
- Application Discrepancies: To receive a handgun license, individuals must file an application. The applicant requires all applicants to file out background information such as your citizenship status and criminal history. Misrepresenting your background information on your application, like not including any of your past run ins with the law, can land an applicant in legal trouble.
- Child Support: This is especially pertinent to those who are required to make child support payments. If you are found to be behind on your child support payments, you can have your license taken away. Even worse, if you are found to be carrying your gun after your license has been taken away, you can be slapped with criminal charges.
Beating the Charges
Without a doubt, the first thing that you should do is to reach out to an attorney as soon as you can, particularly an attorney with experience representing those found in violation of handgun license rules. An attorney can help you beat the charges so you can avoid penalties like stiff fines and jail time and also get to keep your license.
Even if you aren’t currently in violation of any laws, you can always talk to an attorney to discuss any of the conditions of your license, ask for help filling out the application, and get answers about any eligibility requirements.