Can I Carry a Gun in My Car in Texas?

By Kyle Whitney
In Texas, there is no law governing the transport of shotguns.
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With very few laws governing firearms, Texas has long been considered a "gun-friendly" state. Some guns are permitted in cars in Texas, other guns are not.

Shoulder Arms

Shoulder arms, or long guns, are guns with a stock that is braced against the shoulder when firing. Shotguns and rifles are shoulder arms. There is no restriction in Texas on shoulder arms being transported in cars.


While you must be 21-years-old to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun in Texas, Texas House Bill 1815 made it legal, with few restrictions, for a person to carry a concealed handgun in their vehicle without a permit. You must keep the handgun hidden from view and not be engaged in illegal activity to conceal a handgun in your vehicle in Texas.

Machine Guns

It is illegal to possess a machine gun in Texas.
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It's illegal to possess a machine gun, silencer, short-barreled firearm or explosive weapon in Texas. It is also illegal to create, transport, repair or sell these items so these types of guns would be prohibited in vehicles under Texas law.

About the Author

First published in 2005, Kyle Whitney has covered news and sports in the Midwest, Washington, D.C., and Beijing. His articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines in Michigan and China. Whitney is currently a local government reporter at a daily paper.