On Jan. 1, 2016, Texas’ new open carry law took effect. The law allows anyone with a proper license to openly carry a handgun “in plain view” anywhere in Texas if properly stored in a shoulder or belt holster. Prior to Jan. 1, Texas only permitted individuals to carry a handgun if it was properly concealed. Many clients have asked us how the new open carry law affects their existing weapons policies and what rights they have to prohibit open carry on their property.
How does the new law work?
Much like Texas’ concealed carry law, the new open carry law gives Texans the right to openly carry handguns—even on private property. Private property owners have a greater right to prohibit the open (and concealed) carrying of handguns on their premises, but only if they take affirmative steps to enforce their right. This is because the law’s default position is… Continue Reading