Texas has extremely weak gun laws, earning an F in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Legislators enacted a law in 2015 allowing people to carry hidden, loaded guns on college campuses, a move that threatens public safety and free speech. In 2017, Texas had the 27th-highest gun death rate among the states and, though it was a major importer of crime guns, nearly 85% of crime guns recovered that year in Texas were originally sold in the state. In addition to repealing its dangerous campus carry law, Texas legislators should consider requiring background checks on all gun sales, enacting an extreme risk protection order law, and strengthening laws that restrict access to firearms by domestic abusers.

  • Mental health record reporting to federal background check databases

  • Universal background checks

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Ammunition sale regulation

  • Straw purchasing prohibition