Ammunition Regulation in Texas

Posted on January 1, 2012

See our Ammunition Regulation policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Texas law does not:

  • Impose a minimum age for the purchase or possession of ammunition;
  • Require the seller of ammunition to make a record of the purchaser;
  • Require a license for the purchase or possession of ammunition; or
  • Require a license to sell ammunition.

Purchase/Possession Prohibitions

Texas prohibits the transfer of ammunition to some, but not all, of the same categories of persons who are prohibited from purchasing firearms under state law. More specifically, Texas prohibits any person from intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly selling ammunition to any person who is intoxicated, and from knowingly selling ammunition to any person who has been convicted of a felony before the fifth anniversary of the later of: 1) the person’s release from confinement following conviction of the felony; or 2) the person’s release from supervision under community supervision, parole, or mandatory supervision following conviction of the felony.1

Regulation of Unreasonably Dangerous Ammunition

Texas prohibits the intentional or knowing possession, manufacture, sale, transportation or repair of any armor-piercing ammunition. “Armor-piercing ammunition” is defined as “handgun ammunition that is designed primarily for the purpose of penetrating metal or body armor and to be used principally in pistols and revolvers.”2

  1. Tex. Penal Code § 46.06(a)(3)–(4). []
  2. Tex. Penal Code §§ 46.01(12), 46.05(a)(7). []