Under Texas law you may possess a firearm in your home five years after (in your case) your release from parole. You may not possess a firearm away from your home. To regain your full rights to possess firearms you will need a pardon from the Governor.
This opinion is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute the creation of an attorney-client relationship. You should consult an attorney in person.
I believe Mr. Leonard is correct. You cannot afford to ignore federal law (with which I am not familiar), so make sure you consult an attorney who knows both state and federal law. I have heard other attorneys who have a special interest in this area say that it is legal for a felon to own and use a black powder rifle, so it may be, but I have never researched it myself. I must say that I'm skeptical about the shotgun issue, but, again, I have not researched that question.
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