Happy New Year! As Of January 1, Texas Handgun Owners Can Open Carry

As of January 1, 2016, you’ll be legally allowed to carry any handgun openly or concealed as long as you have a license via the State of Texas or other state with reciprocity. What’s that mean? Let’s check out the rules:

  • By law, your handgun must be secured in a shoulder or belt holster. Of course, no responsible gun owner would walk around waving their gun about, or leaving it where a child or criminal could grab it. So, unless you have the unfortunate need to use your weapon, keep it holstered.
  • Not all businesses will allow you to open carry on their premises. It’s also smart and polite, especially when walking into a business that might be a hotter target for robbers (such as a bank, liquor store, or gas station) to conceal carry by default unless you’re certain they’re OK with open carry.
  • Nope, you can’t take a gun to school with you. While campus carry is legal as of August 1, 2016, your gun will still need to remain concealed and you must have a handgun license. To get a license you must be 21 years old. So, yeah, your teacher could be packing.
  • If you’ve been convicted of certain crimes, or suffer from a mental illness or disability, you can’t carry a firearm. Period.
  • Minors (people under 18 years of age) cannot open carry without a parent present.
  • Your open carry gun can be loaded for quick response in case of emergency. In fact, it’s smart to assume that any gun is loaded unless you’re absolutely certain.
  • If you’ve got a license to open carrying a gun, you’re also allowed to conceal carry it.
For more interested facts, please check out www.OpenCarryTexas.org/faq.html.

This article contains general information about legal matters. The information is not intended to be legal advice, and cannot substitute for the legal advise of a licensed professional.  Stay informed and read up on Texas laws.

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