Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child
Chapter 46 of the Texas Penal Code defines charges and punishments for weapon related offenses.
“Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child”, is defined by § 46.13 of the Texas Penal Code.
A person commits an offense if a child gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm and the person with criminal negligence:
- failed to secure the firearm; or
- left the firearm in a place to which the person knew or should have known the child would gain access.
An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor, unless that it is a Class A misdemeanor if the child discharges the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury to himself or another person.
- Fine not to exceed $500
- Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year
- Fine not to exceed $4,000
- Both such fine and confinement