Updated on September 15th, 2022
A Texas firearm bill of sale is a form that details a private transaction between a seller and a buyer of one (1) or more firearms. This document includes the type of firearm being transferred and the purchase price. If the parties are making a trade, they can enter the items for which the firearm is being traded. There are two (2) disclosure statements on the bill of sale, one for each party. By signing this portion of the form, the seller and buyer attest that they are completing this transfer within the confines of the law (e.g., neither party is a convicted felon). However, a bill of sale is not required by law; a firearm purchase or transfer of any kind between a private seller and buyer does not need to be recorded.
- Firearm laws – Penal Code Title 10, Chapter 46
- Background check required? No.
- Permit required to purchase? No.
Concealed Carry Laws
Statute – Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H and § 46.035
Texas residents who are twenty-one (21) or older can carry a concealed or holstered firearm in permitted locations without a license (H.B. 1927). Any non-prohibited individuals (§ 411.172(a)) can apply for a License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) from the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
To apply for an LTC, Texans will need to complete the application process online at Texas.gov. The following documentation and identification should be gathered before proceeding:
- Valid driver’s license or identification card
- Current address and contact information
- Residential and employment information for the last five (5) years
- Mental and criminal history
- Valid credit card