On May 25, 2018,
cnn.com reported: “We’re 21 weeks into 2018, and there have already
been 23 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. That averages
to 1 shooting a week.” Of those 23 school shootings, two were in Texas.
On January 22, 2018, there was a shooting in Italy, Texas where a 15-year-old
student opened fire, wounding another 15-year-old student. Then, on May
18, 2018, 10 people were shot and killed in a shooting that occurred at
a high school in Santa Fe, Texas.
Texans cannot forget the mass shooting that occurred at
First Baptist Church on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs. That shooting took the lives
of 27 people and injured 20 more. If it weren’t for the Good Samaritan
who chased the shooter with his own rifle, more people probably would
have been killed.
How a DWI Affects Gun Rights
With active shooters and other dangerous characters being armed and dangerous,
it’s understandable why citizens would cherish their gun rights
more than ever to protect themselves, their families and their communities.
But when citizens are arrested for a crime, such as
Driving While Intoxicated, they often wonder if the DWI could bar them from buying or possessing
firearms in Texas. “Can a DWI conviction bar me from possessing
a firearm?” It depends.
Generally, a misdemeanor DWI conviction will not bar someone from owning
a firearm; however, a felony DWI will block someone from possessing firearms
Here is what you need to know:
Unlawful possession of a firearm is covered under
Section 46.04 of the Texas Penal Code.
If you are convicted of a felony, including
felony DWI, you cannot possess a firearm until it’s been at least
five yearssince you were released from confinement, community supervision, mandatory
supervision, or parole, whichever happens later.
- If you are convicted of felony DWI and you possess a firearm before you’re
legally allowed to do so, you commit a felony under Sec. 46.04.
Effects of a Texas DWI
If you have further questions about how a felony DWI can impact your gun
rights in Texas,
contact Dallas DWI Attorney, Peter Barrett for advice.