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Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.

Texas does not require firearms dealers to obtain a license or otherwise significantly regulate firearms dealers, though its firearms dealers are required to post certain warnings regarding the safe storage of firearms.1 See the Texas Child Access Prevention section.

A pawnbroker may not display a pistol for sale in a storefront window or sidewalk display case or depict in a sign or advertisement in such a way that the pistol, sign, or advertisement may be viewed from a street.2

For laws applicable to both licensed and private firearm sellers, please see the Texas Universal Background Checks section.

Texas has no law requiring dealers to conduct a background check on prospective firearm purchasers, although the federal background check requirement applies.


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  1. Tex. Penal Code § 46.13(g).[]
  2. Tex. Fin. Code § 371.179.[]