Texas allows individuals to carry many weapons, such as clubs, firearms, swords and other illegal knives while at home and to a car to transport the weapon. Illegally carrying one of these weapons amounts to a class A misdemeanor unless the crime occurs in locations such as a school, court, or business that sells alcohol, in which case the crime becomes a third degree felony. An individual with a license to carry a concealed handgun can avoid many illegal possession charges, but the law does not allow these individuals to openly carry handguns or bring them to locations such as churches, hospitals, sporting events, or amusement parks.
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In addition, using such a weapon can be a serious crime. Discharging a gun in a public location is a class A misdemeanor if the user fires the weapon inside a town with a population of more than 100,000 people. Using a weapon, whether you fire it or not, while committing a violent crime may increase charges to aggravated status, which is a first degree felony.
Giving or selling a firearm to an individual who is not permitted to own a gun is a class A misdemeanor. This includes intoxicated persons and children who do not have parental consent. Simply leaving a loaded firearm within a child’s reach is a crime.