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Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child

Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child

Chapter 46 of the Texas Penal Code defines charges and punishments for weapon related offenses.

“Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child”, is defined by § 46.13 of the Texas Penal Code.

A person commits an offense if a child gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm and the person with criminal negligence:

  • failed to secure the firearm; or

  • left the firearm in a place to which the person knew or should have known the child would gain access.

An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor, unless that it is a Class A misdemeanor if the child discharges the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury to himself or another person.

Severity of Crime

Misdemeanor c

  • Fine not to exceed $500

Misdemeanor A

  • Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year

  • Fine not to exceed $4,000

  • Both such fine and confinement