Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Texas

Posted on January 1, 2012

There is no minimum age to possess firearms under Texas law. Texas law prohibits intentionally or knowingly selling, renting, leasing, or giving or offering to sell, rent, lease, or give any firearm to any child younger than age 18.1 However, it is an affirmative defense to this offense that the parent or the person having legal custody of the minor had given written permission for the sale or, if the transfer was other than a sale, the parent or person having legal custody had given effective consent.2 Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

For additional information related to child safety, see the Texas Child Access Prevention section.

  1. Tex. Penal Code § 46.06(a)(2). []
  2. Tex. Penal Code § 46.06(c). []