Gun laws are interesting, especially in the state of Texas. The topic of DWI and gun rights can get complicated but we’re going to give you a quick breakdown of it. However, your right to own a gun is a Second Amendment right. A DWI can complicate matters, and in some situations can even affect your right to own a firearm. If you have been charged with a DWI, it might be time to work with a DWI lawyer as a way to fight for your right to own a firearm.
If you are charged with a DWI, you can still own a gun. However, if you are charged with a DWI and already have prior DWI convictions, it can result in a felony. Three DWI convictions will equal a felony. This can frustrate your right to gun ownership.
It is possible to work closely with an attorney so that your rights are not obstructed. You may be able to fight the charge as a way to hold on to your Second Amendment rights.
It’s also important to remember that any of the DWI offenses has the possibility to result in a felony. Even if it’s your first DWI-related offense, it could still become a felony under the wrong circumstances. This includes intoxication assault, intoxication manslaughter, and DWI with a child in the vehicle.
The Second Amendment is designed to let people keep and bear arms. You may have owned guns your entire life. Unfortunately, it is not an absolute right. If you are a convicted felon, you lose your ability to own a gun. Federal laws are even more restrictive than the Texas Penal Code. Understanding how Texas law and Federal law work together on gun possession and ownership is extremely important. If you are a gun enthusiast then this can be a devastating consequence.
If you want to protect your gun rights (or try to have them reinstated), it may be necessary to work closely with a lawyer who has experience with DWI-related cases. Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC has helped many people in this situation. Call today to discuss your case in detail.