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Expunging Unlawful Carry of a Firearm

By: Matt Horak Attorney At Law | Published 09/01/2021

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Over the years, various Texan legislators have fought for the right to constitutionally carry, which is the right to open or conceal carry a firearm without a permit or license. For decades Texans were expected to complete various firearm courses if they wanted to open carry a firearm, and those who wish to conceal carry would need a specific permit for that as well.

All of that has changed thanks to the “Permitless Carry Bill” (HB 1927) which was signed in July 2021. The bill would allow Texans to open or conceal carry their firearm anywhere in Texas unless it was a prohibited area listed under the Texas Penal Code. Most importantly, the bill allows Texans to expunge their records of unlawful carry if they were convicted before the date of September 1st, 2021.

In Texas, citizens have been unable to expunge their records of unlawful carry since the 1970’s. A recent statement from the TDCAA (Texas District & County Attorneys Association) indicated that more than 130,000 people have been convicted of unlawful carry since the year 1974. The new legislation will help thousands and thousands of people struggling with the aftermath of their conviction can finally have a second chance for a clean record.

If you or someone you know was arrested, charged, and/or convicted of unlawful carry before September 1st, 2021, then it’s within your best interest to contact an attorney at Horak Law.

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Unfortunately, having a criminal conviction on your record can have a tremendous impact on your life. Many people who have criminal backgrounds face added hardships while looking for employment, housing, and while applying for a professional license. The collateral consequences of having a firearms offense on your record are long-lasting and could potentially follow you for the rest of your life if you don’t act.

Now, you can finally move on from your past thanks to the passage of HB 1927. The bill allows any person convicted of an offense under Section 46.02(a) of the Penal code to expunge their record completely. That means the court will destroy any and all records related to your arrest, charges, and conviction. You can finally say confidently you were never arrested in a job interview and employers/licensing agencies will no longer have access to your record.

If you’re interested in pursuing expungement, call weapons and firearms attorney Matthew Horak at Horak Law. Attorney Horak has well over 60 criminal trials under his belt and has helped hundreds of people expunge their records completely. He can assess your criminal past to see if you qualify for expungement and guide you through every step of the process.

Call Horak Law today at (713) 225-8000 to set up your first consultation free. Horak Law is located in The Woodlands and Houston but accepts clients throughout all parts of Harris County and surrounding counties including Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, Liberty County, Waller County, Galveston County, and Montgomery County.

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