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In recent years, Texas has suffered some of the deadliest mass shooting incidents in modern US history, yet Texas lawmakers have responded by continuing to weaken the state’s most basic gun safety laws.

Texas is by far the leading source of guns trafficked across the southern border and fueling gun violence in Mexico and Central America. In 2020, Texas had the 26th-highest gun death rate among the states and the 13th-lowest gun export rate. In addition to repealing its dangerous campus carry law, Texas legislators should consider requiring background checks on gun sales, enacting an extreme risk protection law and curbs on gun trafficking, investing in community violence intervention initiatives, and enacting laws that restrict firearm access by people convicted of domestic violence, violent hate crimes, and other violent offenses.

What Texas Does Well

  • Mental health record reporting
  • Child access prevention laws

What Texas Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Most domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Open carry regulations
  • Community violence intervention funding



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.