State handgun purchase laws before 1968 Gun Control Act On another thread about Oswald and the guns that he purchased. I found this Texas law from 1963 or before. Texas handgun purchase law http://jfkfiles.blogspot.com/2010/08/oswalds-mail-order-revolver-purchase.html "Texas law states that one who wishes to purchase a pistol or handgun must first obtain from a justice of the peace, county judge, or district judge of the county of his residence a certificate of good character." What other handgun laws do you recall before 1968? .