If you’re under a protective order in the state of Texas, the law states that possessing a firearm is illegal. However, this is not seen in practice.
In the 254 counties that make up the state of Texas, many lack procedures to ensure those under protective orders a) don’t obtain guns or b) rid themselves of existing firearms when the order commences.
On the county level, there simply isn’t a way to surrender guns. If the firearms were collected, there’s no protocol in place for storage or return after the protective order is lifted.
Now that this problem has been uncovered, public expectations may push officials to finally deal with this very dangerous issue. Here’s what the law actually says [...]