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Texas Weapon Offense Attorneys
The State of Texas prosecutes weapons offenses vigorously. The Texas Penal Code provides that it is illegal to possess certain firearms in the state of Texas. In addition to firearms, the Texas Penal Code outlines numerous other weapons that are prohibited in the State of Texas. The following weapons are prohibited in the state of Texas:
- Any form of club, including tomahawks, maces, blackjacks and nightsticks. A club is classified as any item that is specifically designed or adapted for inflicting serious bodily harm by striking a person with it.
- Any explosive weapons such as bombs, grenades, rockets or mines. Explosive weapons are defined as any object that is designed to cause serious bodily harm or property damage or for causing such a loud noise that public panic or terror would ensue. This category also includes any device made to deliver or shoot the explosive device. Hoax bombs [LINK] that are designed to imitate the appearance of an explosive are also illegal.
- A knife with a blade over five and a half inches long, a hand instrument meant to cut or stab by being thrown, a dagger, a bowie knife, a sword or a spear.
- A machine gun, a short barreled firearm (less than 16 inches, 18 inches if a shotgun), a firearm silencer, armor piercing ammunition or a zip gun.
Weapons Offenses in Texas range from simply possessing a certain type of weapon to possessing any type of weapon if the person fits in a certain category (convicted felon, weapon free zone, etc).
Weapons Offenses In The State Of Texas
Most weapons charges in the state of Texas are classified as felonies, in addition, the possession of weapons in a weapon-free zone or while committing a separate crime can lead to significantly increased punishments. Regardless of the classification of the crime, weapon crimes are prosecuted zealously in court by the state. The following are some of the more common weapon crimes in the State of Texas.
- Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon – It is illegal to recklessly, knowingly or intentionally carry a weapon in a public place.
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm – It is illegal to possess a firearm in certain situations. For example, a person who was convicted of a felony cannot possess a firearm for five years after he or she is released from prison.
- Unlawfully Carrying a Firearm – It is illegal to carry a firearm while doing certain things such as participating in criminal activity.
- Places Weapons are Prohibited – It is illegal to possess a firearm or other weapon in certain areas. For example, a school, airport, jail or courthouse.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with a weapons offense in the State of Texas it is important to acquire an experienced and intelligent legal team to fight for you. Weapons Offenses can significantly affect the ability to get a job in the State of Texas, as well as many other adverse consequences. The team at Brian Walker Law has the experience necessary to help you deal with your charge. Call Brian Walker Law today!