But there seems to be one small catch - you can only possess the firearm at your residence. I haven't talked to a lawyer yet, but I assume this means you can't take a gun with you to a firing range or use a firearm for hunting. You can only have a firearm at home for home/self defense. *sigh*
Brady Denial? by C. E. Hill, Attorney-at-Law
Restoration of Civil Rights
In many states, if you are convicted of a felony or even some misdemeanors, you lose certain of your civil rights, including the right to vote, to serve in office, or to sit on a jury. If you lose one or more of these rights by virtue of a conviction and then get these rights back, either automatically at the end of a term of probation and parole or after a certain period of time, or by some application procedure, your conviction no longer counts under federal law to preclude you from firearms possession.
The Texas Gun Owner's Guide Alan Korwin and Georgene Lockwood
A felon may not possess a gun until five years after release from prison (or from parole, or community supervision, etc., whichever is later) and then, only at the premises where the person lives (see Penal Code § 46.04). A violation is a 3rd degree felony.
Texas Penal Code 46.04
§ 46.04. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM. (a) A person
who has been convicted of a felony commits an offense if he
possesses a firearm:
(1) after conviction and before the fifth anniversary
of the person's release from confinement following conviction of
the felony or the person's release from supervision under community
supervision, parole, or mandatory supervision, whichever date is
(2) after the period described by Subdivision (1), at
any location other than the premises at which the person lives.
(b) A person who has been convicted of an offense under
Section 22.01, punishable as a Class A misdemeanor and involving a
member of the person's family or household, commits an offense if
the person possesses a firearm before the fifth anniversary of the
(1) the date of the person's release from confinement
following conviction of the misdemeanor; or
(2) the date of the person's release from community
supervision following conviction of the misdemeanor.
(c) A person, other than a peace officer, as defined by
Section 1.07, actively engaged in employment as a sworn, full-time
paid employee of a state agency or political subdivision, who is
subject to an order issued under Section 6.504 or Chapter 85, Family
Code, under Article 17.292 or Chapter 7A, Code of Criminal
Procedure, or by another jurisdiction as provided by Chapter 88,
Family Code, commits an offense if the person possesses a firearm
after receiving notice of the order and before expiration of the
(d) In this section, "family," "household," and "member of a
household" have the meanings assigned by Chapter 71, Family Code.
(e) An offense under Subsection (a) is a felony of the third
degree. An offense under Subsection (b) or (c) is a Class A
Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974.
Renumbered from Penal Code § 46.05 and amended by Acts 1993, 73rd
Leg., ch. 900, § 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. Amended by Acts 2001,
77th Leg., ch. 23, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg.,
ch. 836, § 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.