Texas Bill Would Outlaw Private Firearms Transfers

Texas House Bill 118 would make it a crime to transfer a firearm to another individual without first transferring the firearm to a registered FFL dealer and undergoing an FBI criminal background check.

OFFENSE. (a)  A person may not sell or otherwise transfer a firearm
to another person unless:
             (1)  the person is a licensed firearms dealer; or
             (2)  the person is not a licensed firearms dealer, and:
                   (A)  the person sells or transfers the firearm to
a licensed firearms dealer, a peace officer, a law enforcement
agency, or a person licensed to carry a handgun under Subchapter H,
Chapter 411, Government Code;
                   (B)  the transferor and the transferee are related
within the third degree by consanguinity or within the second
degree by affinity as determined under Chapter 573, Government
Code; or
                   (C)  before delivering the firearm to the person
to whom the firearm is being sold or transferred, the person selling
or transferring the firearm requests that a licensed firearms
dealer conduct, in the manner required by 18 U.S.C. Section 922, a
national instant criminal background check to verify that the
person to whom the firearm is being sold or transferred may lawfully
possess a firearm.

The bill is sponsored by El Paso Democrat Lina Ortega.

Any private sale of a firearm that doesn't adhere to these requirements would be a Class B misdemeanor.

Lonestar Gun Rights says the missing word "OR" between clause 2A and B wasn't likely an accident, meaning even if it was a close relative you would still have to go the FFL dealer route before making a legal transfer.


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12 thoughts on “Texas Bill Would Outlaw Private Firearms Transfers”

  1. THROW this bill OUT! . . . This interferes with a person’s 2A rights – there is NO excuse for this, and Lina Ortega needs to be removed from office ASAP, in HANDCUFFS if NECESSARY. One Enlightened Patriot.

  2. The snowflakes are so convinced that it’s the GUN that commits the crime, all they can see is eliminating the guns. They don’t understand that people are good or bad, and it’s PEOPLE who need dealt with, not their tools.

    1. Gun grabbers have the insane idea that somehow the govt retains some PARTIAL ownership of any firearm in this country. They don’t. Govt doesn’t sell firearms to citizens. Gunmakers sell them to gun shops and gun shops sell them to individuals, or private citizens sell their OWN guns to other private citizens. At NO part in those transactions is the Govt a partner.
      Demands such as in this bill are gross violations of Americans right to private property

  3. Ridiculous, we are going to be slammed if Biden and his gang get in office. Why does Texas have to jump on that Bandwagon…..we need to fight back now. This is the first step to becoming Communist country.

  4. This is what I exWhen are we pected from Biden and his group .

  5. Lina Ortega needs to be hung by the neck! A trader, a Communist instigator a thug Democrat! Kick her ass back to Mexico now, before someone frags her!

  6. I’d guess Texans would toss any representative who even suggests kind thoughts to this ridiculous notion. In my small part of the world, opinions reverse quickly when discussion reveals what the democrats really want is to register transfers between mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors. The fact that changes minds is that these laws severely punish tens of millions of mourning widows who fail to run background checks on those who were promised their dead husbands’ firearms. Usually, those would be their children.

    They’re not told by pollsters that democrats demand checks on heirs of inheritances, bequeathals, gifts and sales of inherited collections, however small they are. Democrats who craft these poor laws don’t bother to tell widows and first line heirs how far in advance background checks need to be acquired, even for the widow. Usually, death doesn’t occur within a month or so of when it is expected. Even if you exempt family members now, never doubt that the democrats soon will add them. Bottom line is democrats want to choose who’s allowed to own firearms.

    Pollsters also omit the fact that transfers include selling, giving, lending, returning, renting, or simply handing a firearm to another person or any action that causes a firearm to be transferred from one law-abiding person to another law-abiding person. Pollsters also never mention the recent notion of “stranger-to-stranger” sales would only be effective if outlaws suddenly began asking the government’s permission to buy arms.

  7. Lina Ortega needs to help Chicago,New York, Oregon with their gun problems. She needs to leave Texas gun laws alone because we are not in Chicago, New York, Oregon. Texas and the rest of the United States have the God given right to own guns. This bill that she is proposing is bull. Tell her she needs to leave Texas and go else were. These Damn Democratic and their stupid ideas. If she don’t like the way we (Texans) have our guns leave and take all those east and west coast persons with her. They came here with their stupid ideas and they can leave with their stupid ideas because they are in TEXAS and you won’t change us. If I want to sell/buy a gun at a yard sale, Flea market or to my next door neighbor I will because we don’t need this House Bill. “DON’T TREAD ON ME”