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.
SUBCHAPTER B. REGULATION OF PRIVATE FIREARM TRANSFERS Sec. 205.051. REQUIREMENTS FOR PRIVATE FIREARM TRANSFER; 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.