2016, Texas is Now Openly Lock and Loaded

As the New Year begins, so does the open carry bill recently passed by the Texas legislature. A person with a valid handgun license (License to Carry) are now allowed to carry a holstered handgun, either openly or concealed, in all public places, except for places that do not allow carrying by proper notice or law. A license holder may openly carry a handgun as long it is in a belt or shoulder holster.

Private property owners (e.g., business owners or religious institutions) can prohibit license holders from carrying a firearm openly and/or concealed on their property by providing notice. Notice can be provided either orally or in writing by a card or other document, or by posting a sign at the entrances. Written notice must meet the requirements of Texas Penal Code Sections 30.06 and/or 30.07.

License holders are prohibited from carrying:

  1. on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or in a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution;
  2. on the premises of a polling place on the day of an election or while early voting is in progress;
  3. on the premises of any government court or offices utilized by the court, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the court;
  4. on the premises of a racetrack;
  5. into a secured area of an airport;
  6. within 1,000 feet of a premises, the location of which is designated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a place of execution on a day that a sentence of death is set to be imposed on the designated premises and the person received notice that doing so is prohibited;
  7. on the premises of a business that is licensed by the TABC and that derives 51% or more of its business from the sale of alcohol;
  8. if the license holder is given written or verbal notice pursuant to Texas Penal Code Section 30.06 that concealed carrying is prohibited, on the premises where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting event is taking place, unless the handgun is used for the event;
  9. on the premises of a correctional facility;
  10. if the license holder is given written or verbal notice pursuant to Penal Code Section 30.06 and/or 30.07 that carrying is prohibited, on the premises of a state-licensed hospital or nursing home, unless the administration has granted written permission to the license holder;
  11. if the license holder is given written or verbal notice pursuant to Penal Code Section 30.06 and/or 30.07 that carrying is prohibited, in an amusement park;
  12. if the license holder is given written or verbal notice pursuant to Penal Code Section 30.06 and/or 30.07 that carrying is prohibited on the premises of a church, synagogue, or other established place of religious worship; or into an open meeting of a governmental entity;
  13. anytime the handgun is not in a belt or shoulder holster or properly concealed; or
  14. if the license holder is intoxicated.

Contact us if you want more information about this law and how it effects your business or private property.

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