Posted on January 1, 2012
(This page was last updated July 10, 2012.)
As noted in the statistics discussed in the state law summary, Texas plays a major role in firearms trafficking.
Texas prohibits “firearm smuggling,” which is defined as knowingly engaging in the business of transporting or transferring a firearm that the person knows was acquired in violation of Texas or federal law. For purposes of this definition, a person is considered to engage in the business of transporting or transferring a firearm if the person engages in the conduct on more than one occasion, or for profit or other remuneration.1
Texas law also makes it an offense if, with the intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a “combination” (defined as three or more persons who collaborate in criminal activities2 ) or in the profits of a combination or as a member of a criminal street gang, a person commits or conspires to commit unlawful manufacture, transportation, repair, or sale of firearms.3
Texas has no other laws aimed at firearms trafficking.
See our Firearms Trafficking policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.