Abbott Signs Texas Open-Carry Law

Man with a pistol on his hip refilling a drink at a restaurant.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed landmark open-carry legislation today, making the Lone Star State the 45th to recognize the right of modern handgun open carry. More than 800,000 Texans currently hold concealed-carry licenses, and they will be the ones who can take advantage of the new law beginning in 2016—and not before. HB 910 was the measure Abbott signed. Aspects of the just-passed law can be confusing, so Edwin Walker, Program Attorney for Texas Law Shield, talks about the details of the law Gov. Abbott just signed in the video below. Though the video was produced prior to Gov. Abbott signing HB 910, details were available and have been thoroughly reviewed by Law Shield attorneys.

The legislation removes the requirement for Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) to keep their handguns concealed by giving them the option of carrying their firearm either wholly or partially visible in a belt or shoulder holster.

Bullet points about HB 910:

  • It takes effect on January 1, 2016. Before then, it will not be legal to openly carry a modern handgun in the state of Texas.
  • The CHL holder will only be able to carry a handgun in a shoulder or belt holder, and you must have your CHL in your possession.
  • There is no need for additional licenses.
  • Police can approach someone openly carrying and detain them and ask for ID.

To our Texas compadres: When open-carry is finally legal in 2016, will you or won’t you? If you will OC, can you pass along tips on retention holsters?

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Comments (76)

  1. There appear to be several justifications to carry openly or concealed!

    I for one will carry a Smith or a Glock either on hip or shoulder, depending on the weapon and comfort….since I’m senior and somewhat limited physically, I welcome the opportunity to level the playing field to some extent! Still welcome these options~!

    1. My wife can hardly wait to wear her leather Annie Oakley outfit and 6 shooter in gunslinger holster over at the Ft. Worth Stockyards.

    2. Change the word “gunslinger” to the word “western.” I hope this will satisfy the noted demand for “moderation.” Mr. Barns, I did not think that you rode herd on your Ft. Worth ambassadors so close as to check their personal comments on the inter-net. I will call Jessica in the morning about ambassador’s specific traditional western wear while on duty.

  2. I have no problem with folks that want to open carry but I would never do it because I like the element of surprise. When you open carry everyone knows you have a gun so you may be the first to get taken out if a determined criminal sees your pistol. More than 150+ Law Enforcement Officer’s are killed every year in the line of duty. If these bad actors will take out a cop, a symbol of authority, they won’t hesitate to take down a civilian they see packing. I’ll take the element of surprise any day! If a criminal is unaware that you are CCW you may have a better chance to take them down when they least expect it. Everybody has an opinion, that’s mine but I’ve also been there done that…

  3. Dan you are correct in my haste to make my point I did not properly state my point. The point I was making was that with open carry the issue of accidentally exposing my gun is now a non issue.
    While you were correct that exposing accidentally is not a crime,
    It is however treated as a crime way to often. The police will charge you with disturbing the peace or brandishing a weapon, either way you end up in court and if you argue of course there will be more charges. So the open Carry law eliminates that issue.

  4. I for one wont be open carrying but see this as a hopeful fix for dumb laws against concealed carrying like printing and if my shirt happens to come up and flash my gun however briefly when I am getting my wallet out. I am fine with it for whoever wants to though and am glad it passed and even more so if it fixes the problems I mentioned.

  5. I live in New Mexico and travel frequently to Texas because of family. I do have a CCL for New Mexico and am legal to carry concealed in Texas. But will that allow me to open carry if I choose? Just curious. Thanks

    1. I **think** you need to be a resident of Texas (with a CHL) to open-carry, BUT, I could be wrong. There were several ‘Open Carry’ bills flying around the capital that had different requirements and I can’t remember if the one that the Gov. signed allows out-of-state residents with CHL to open-carry as well.

    2. The Texas Motorist Protection Act allows those without CHL type license to carry a concealed firearm in your car. You just have to be a non-felon, non-street gang member, citizen. If those folks can be armed in their cars, I see NO reason why the state of Texas would not let a licensed person to open carry.

  6. To “BBQ” So, you obviously you do not carry your gun much. If you did, you would know that comfort and ease of carry is very important. If it is uncomfortable or if it is a hassle, you will not carry your weapon with any consistency. When the time comes that you will need it, your weapon will be at home in the safe.

    1. @ray
      You “obviously” have no idea what you are talking about. I carry 100% of time and I have weapons to suit my style whether I’m in shorts and flip flops. It’s sounds to me that you are very lazy if a little gun make your life uncomfortable LOL. I wonder if real challenges make you whine more?
      I have never exposed my gun unintentionally. Seems like a set up/ practice issue of you are afraid of that.

    2. To BBQ: First , I do not carry a “little gun”. Second, you are very rude and disrespectful to someone you know nothing about.

  7. Why people think it’s supposed to be comfortable?? Or make it to be more comfortable? Or why the “fear” of flashing or printing?
    Things take EFFORT, like raising a kid, saving money or planing what you are going to eat.
    Your gun is not “comfortable”? Buy a pocket gun, a better holster or better yet lose a little belly.
    I get that freedom is about being able to do whatever you want and the government always want to over control. I get it. But you are not supposed to be very comfortable carrying a gun.
    I see the future with only fast food, flip flops and shorts as dress code everywhere and couches instead of chairs… Just because is more comfortable? We are becoming way to lazy IMHO

  8. Does this mean that carrying my 380 in a pocket holster as I do now is about be illegal as of Jan 2016? It is concealed, and I am a CHL holder who prefers to carry it that way.

    1. Lol^^ @CBergen another one that thinks that by carrying a gun has a superman cape.
      Sorry but nope. I hope you have very good knowledge about weapon retention.
      Is there any other country where OC is allowed?
      Awareness is the number 1 factor that would make you or not a victim, not flashing a gun…

    2. Why would it matter what other countries are doing? We are a sovereign country so it doesn’t matter.
      Besides, most countries in the world are so screwed up we should not look to them as examples anyway.
      But apart from that, I do not understand why people are so agitated about this issue.

      If someone wants to carry concealed, then carry concealed. If someone wants to open-carry, then open-carry (with a CHL of course).

      This bill simply lets us CHOOSE. It does not force us to do something; whereas, the CHL law alone FORCED us to be concealed.

      Personally, I’m for “Constitution Carry”, b/c I can read and understand English in which the 2nd Amendment was written.
      Maybe down the road, we’ll improve the laws more and more. This is a step in the right direction.

      Part of freedom is the ability to choose. Freedom is not government picking 1 or 2 options and letting us choose from them.

      We need to stop this stupid, petty bickering among gun-owners whether it’s best to go concealed or open….most people need to just stop, shut up, chill out, and think of the bigger picture. Let people CHOOSE what they are capable of and are comfortable with. That is freedom.
      If they choose wrong, then that’s their choice and they’ll deal with the consequences: good or bad, minor or major. That is part of freedom too.

    3. Just so you know BBQ, that last (long) part was not directed at you. Just a general “rant” I included, lol.

    4. LOL yeah no worries.
      I do wonder just because we are 300 million people in the U.S. But 6 billions in the world… Maybe others have something we could learn from.
      Also last time I checked we are not doing So good here; great place (still) but far from Heaven 😉
      Indeed people can do whatever they want but humans are not known for their common sense nowadays haha

    5. “Indeed people can do whatever they want but humans are not known for their common sense nowadays.” – BBQ

      Exactly! Which is why an armed society is best, because, after all, what is government? It’s simply a group of humans with power. Those humans in government make mistakes too just like regular citizens. The difference being: government (humans) have powers that regular citizens do not have; and government often abuses the power they have. When those humans in power (government) abuses those with little to no power (citizens), what is the recourse for citizens?? Ask that same government to correct itself?
      For this reason alone, the right to bear arms (2nd Amendment) was created. Regardless of how many morons exist – and there are plenty! – that should never be an excuse or reason to abolish the rights of others; whether it’s gun-rights, religion, speech, due process, etc.. Gotta go, good talking with you.

  9. What about out-of-staters who have a CCP recognized by the State of Texas? Will they be able to carry openly in Texas?

  10. If you have a CHL and actually carry your weapon on a regular basis, you are aware of how difficult and uncomfortable it is to keep your weapon concealed. Open carry is much easier.

  11. Every time an article relating to Open Carry goes up it illuminates one of the largest divides by and between the pro-gun population. So much that one would think Open Carry is even more controversial and polarizing within pro-gun groups than any other issues we face outside our groups when sparing with anti-gun advocates.

    So here’s the skinny. First, I say let the open carry crowd have their day. It is like that 15-year-old getting their learner’s permit and wanting to drive everywhere. Everyone knows that desire eventually dies down. My point is – most of the Open Carry advocates want it because they can’t have it, but once they get it, things should settle down.

    Case and point, in most states that have allowed Open Carry for years rarely actually see it practiced. That is not to say we don’t still see the occasional Open Carry rally out front of Kroger and Target, but again, that is because these stores created the same lure and attraction by saying “no” to Open Carry.

    I personally prefer Concealed Carry most of the time; however there are times that Open Carry is more practical. So I like that there is a movement to ensure the option to Open Carry is available should the need arise in any state I may visit.

    I will assume many agree that Open Carry is more practical when camping, hiking, hunting, heading to the range, or traversing large private properties to name a few examples. So the option during such Open Carry events to legally hop out and fill up the gas tank or grab a quick lunch to and fro such destinations is a convenience we would all want.

    There is no winning side to this argument because it really shouldn’t even be an argument; we should all want the ability to do both, and thus we would all have that option to apply any carry method as we see fit, as needed. I for one like that idea.

    Never-the-less, even after the battle is won in all 50 States, we will of course still be compelled to debate those within our groups that always Open Carry just because they can. However, during such debates one should refrain from the claim that Open Carry will make you the first target of the bad guy -simply because such a claim is not true. There are no available statistics to back up such a claim.

    In contrast, the absence of such statics is in and of itself proof to the contrary. Of all the heavy Open Carry states, there are no prime examples of anyone that died first because they were Open Carrying their sidearm during say – a store robbery.

    As well as the lack of stats, the only other way to establish such a claim is to actually profess that you are a criminal and can therefor speak on a criminal’s behalf. Otherwise you really would have no idea and the Open Carry advocate knows this.

    The truth is, criminals are lazy. That is why they do what they do. They no more want to place themselves at risk than the next guy. Known Open Carry areas or heavy police presence… it’s all the same to a criminal. It is a deterrent no different than the yard with a security sign. It’s just not worth their lazy time to risk when there are so many other vulnerable targets of opportunity.

    So with that I will leave everyone with one obscure statistic on the matter that dates back to the 80’s. A Department of Justice survey of convicted felons revealed that the majority are deterred anywhere a gun is shown to be present. They do not regard whether that be police or Open Carry citizens.

    1. Last I knew, Kroger was one of the businesses standing firm that customers could carry in their stores in accordance with local and state laws. Target caved in to the Mom’s anti crowd.

    2. @ Mikial:

      You are absolutely correct. I hastily worded those examples and should have done better. My efforts were really to draw attention to those situations which seem to draw out the Open Carry advocates in mass regardless of who is really trying to say “no” to Open Carry.

      To be more accurate I think even Target eventually proclaimed their policy was to comply with state laws as well. It was “Moms Demand Action” that twisted their statement into a win.

      Regardless, I often try my best to be as accurate with info when I post, and have even chewed others for not doing the same, so I thank you for pointing this out to make sure others that read are clear on the issues.

    3. No worries, G-Man.

      To be very frank, you are one of the people on here that I trust the most. My comment actually should have ended with me asking if Kroger’s stance had changed, because I honestly didn’t know.

      But I do agree with your analysis, and I think we are actually saying something close to the same thing. My choice is to carry concealed because I am just that kind of guy.

      Blend in, don’t present an obvious threat, and at when the situation demands it. Years of doing close protection and PSD work in high risk areas have conditioned me to that.

      But I do agree with you that criminals will avoid any place where they fell people are armed, so they may very well stay away from open carry venues. Different strokes. In the end the goal is the same . . . protect yourself and the innocent.

    4. Sorry G man but I’m one of those pro gun that would disagree with your rationale.
      1- saying that “there are no statistics….and that the lack of them is proof of the contrary” is a really bad argument.
      Statistics are just gathered data. If I’d hasn’t been categorized it doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. do you believe in rape statistics? They are underreported. A number is just a number.
      2-criminals are not “lazy”, they are opportunistic. They are not an homogeneous group of individuals. They are motivated by different needs and some weigh more the consequences.
      3-just because you can doesn’t mean you should. 65% Americans are indeed overeating just because they can and looks how unhealthy we are as a nation!

      So those points are really not valid to me. I would respect more the “I wanna be able do it because….” Each person can fill in the blank.

      Just like I don’t walk with cash
      Coming out of my pocket because there are not statistics showing that 5’10” males wearing red underwear get jumped often than old ladies with big purses; I won’t be OCing.
      Just like police officers that have been killed with their own gun I think is more logical to think that if you have what the “right” bad guy wants, then you just made yourself a target.

      I don’t care if people want to be dumb 😉

    5. @ BBQ
      I agree with many of your points. Though I do believe heavily in the “I should be able to…” Also, I see this the having most advantage in the country areas of Texas where it is just more practical to do such a thing as OC.
      Just remembered the other point I wanted to address was, it kind of help add that extra safety precaution for those that kind of OC already but put a button-up shirt over it and worries every now and then about it flashing in public even though they are already covered under the current concealed carry law.

  12. Don’t know what the big deal is. In Indiana of all places, they issue a carry permit. You decide how.Have not seen a “macho/swagger” problem there.
    It will help, as stated above, when you go into a resteurant and take off your jacket. Also, if you are going to the range or hunting – you will be good to go.

  13. Why would anyone with a ccw want to open carry????? UNLESS it is to INTIMIDATE, much like some other Texicans who like to wander around with their AR slung over their shoulders???? I wouldn’t be surprised if those clowns weren’t paid by anti-guns just to create fear… If I were a Texican with a ccw, that is exactly the way I would continue to carry

    1. So, apparently, you are not a resident of Texas? Then shut the hell up! You have no voice in this matter! Mind your own business, and fix your own problems, and keep your opinions about Texas to your self…

    2. Resident of Texas or not, the Texas open carry crowd have done a lot more damage to gun ownership than good. They are exactly the kind of people that the anti’s point to in order to create a bad impression of gun owners.

    3. Obviously you are wrong as they have now accomplished their stated goal of Open Carry of handguns again being legal.

  14. I am a resident of very liberal and gun-unfriendly Austin, TX. I have a CHL. I am pleased with the bill not because I intend to open carry but because I have been harassed by UT police and Austin police for allegedly “brandishing” because with very careful observation they could discern the imprint of my weapon under my suit. This will hopefully put a stop to this nonsense. That said, I don’t see why a license of any kind is needed to “bear” a weapon as expressly permitted by the 2nd Amendment.

    1. So what the law has really done is not to allow any law abiding citizen to open carry, it has really removed an unfair criminal liability for concealed carry holders who inadvertently allowed their gun to be discerned by a citizen or LEO.

      For that I am very glad and I am happy for CC holders who will no longer be harassed by the police. I suppose it’s not fair for me to measure the law by the laws of my state that have allowed open carry for anyone who can legally own a gun for many years now. My apologies.

  15. My wife and I have both held a Texas CHL since the very early days of the license. I personally think that open carry, as applied by this law, is only to promote macho. A real person protecting himself doesn’t need to tell the world. Just mind your own business and be aware of your surroundings.

    1. Open carry actually benefits you to a degree. If someone wants to be a jerk under the current law, they could file a criminal complaint against you, claiming that you purposely showed them your weapon. Not likely, but possible. Under open carry, that will not matter. I personally will conceal carry, because I think that open carry makes some soccer moms uncomfortable, and I don’t want some deranged person think that it would be real neat to try to grab my weapon. From talking to folks in other states, such as Arizona, this will rapidly be a non issue.

  16. I’M glad they’re going to have OPEN carry,People should have a right to protect themselves weather concealed or open. It should be the person’s personal choice which way,Congradulations,I wich all states would do that. especially PENNSYLVANIA,where I live . GOOD LUCK!!!!!

  17. I believe the 2nd Amendment means exactly what it says, we have a constitutional right to own a firearm. I have been a CHL holder since-the beginning and believe the open carry law passed was a good thing. No more worries if my gun gets accidentally exposed which is. Currently a crime, but as for open carry, I prefer to not advertise. But
    It will an individual choice which I believe some will open carry because they can. As time passes less and less will open because there is no real need to unless you carry a large gun that is hard to conceal. Either way it has always been our right to carry it just got taken away after the Civil War

    1. This new law now gives “US” a choice. That, to me is the real issue. Whatever way a CHL holder wants to carry is his or her own choice. Welcome to Texas y’all.

    2. Sincere congrats, Tank.

      And I know this would not have happened if gun owners in Texas had not worked hard to achieve it. Don’t give up and keep fighting to gain back what has been your right all along.

      I, like many gun owners, read widely and write to a great many legislators outside of my own state to support the 2nd Amendment everywhere in the USA.

    3. This is only relevant until January 1, 2016, but the accidental exposure of you weapon is no longer a crime in Texas. The law changed a couple of years ago. If you purposely show your weapon to someone – that is a crime.

    4. It’s not a crime currently for your CCW to be accidentally exposed. It’s only a crime if you carry on or about your person a handgun and you intentionally fail to conceal it. So if your gun is shown when bending down or reaching up for something, or whatever other scenario in which you might accidentally flash some steel, you’re fine. See Tex. Pen. Code Sec. 46.035.

      Once caveat – 46.035 only applies to license holders. If you are carrying a handgun, concealed or otherwise, and your location is other than one of the specifically named places where no license is required (i.e. at home or carrying concealed in your car), you are in violation of Tex. Pen. Code Sec. 46.02.

  18. @Jim, each to his own.

    I agree that most bad guys are scum and look for the weak targets. My profession is high risk security work in places like Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, and situational awareness is everything.

    Feel free to open carry and swagger and announce to the bad guys you want a fight, and I sincerely hope you win.

    1. I open carry everyday (Michigan) and I assure you it is NOT to swagger and announce to anyone I’m looking for a fight.

      If you might take it that I’m not one to eff with, so be it, that’s on you. I do it because it’s comfortable, I can draw and present a WHOLE lot faster than if concealed if I ever need it (which I hope to god I don’t), and I never have to worry about who might happen to spy it under my shirt and worry that I’m a criminal waiting to hurt someone.

  19. Actually, Texas will become the 45th state to allow open carry of handguns. The restrictive handgun laws in Texas originated in the post War of Northern Aggression days when the political powers found it easier to control a lightly armed civilian population. The road to less restrictive firearms laws has been a hard one because the State Legislature only meets every two years. Despite a Conservative majority over the past 12 years, procedural rules allow liberals to find ways to delay hearings on bills often until they can not be voted on in a regular session. That is what happened to open carry legislation for the preceding eight years. This time we won.

  20. Here in Kommiecticut, open carry is legal because the law is silent on carry method. Therefore, by default it is legal. Does anyone other than LEOs carry openly here? Very seldom. It has however, protected those unfortunate enough to have their shirt or jacket blow open exposing a concealed firearm. When the panty-peeing hoplophobe sees it and calls the cops, the “bad guy” is eventually vindicated. Oh sure, they would be arrested and charged (usually for Breach of Peace), guns, ammo, and permit are confiscated. But in the end, everything is returned and all charges are dropped. I open carry on my property or deep in the woods, NEVER anywhere I might cause a fuss. That is for concealed carry, as well as for keeping REAL potential bad guys guessing.

  21. To everyone who just can’t understand why Texas can’t pass a true open carry law, allow me to introduce you to the realities of politics. Texas is the 2nd most populated state. It takes these things called legislative votes to get laws passed, and we have a lot of Democrats here. As such, we need to do what we need to do to get laws passed, and sometimes that means taking half a loaf instead of going without bread at all. It’s a reality that we as a state have to deal with in the legislature.

    Comparing Texas to other states where almost no one lives, like Idaho Wyoming or Montana is silly. Or even Arizona where the population is like 1/5 of Texas. For a real comparison, how about the most populated state, California? They’re like freaking Europe. Just saying, reality is what it is.

    1. @ Txfree:

      In complete contrast to your ridiculous statement, Texas is overwhelmingly comprised of a legislative make-up which completely decimates your entire assertion. Your sarcastic lesson was not only ill-contrived but embarrassingly erroneous.

      With a legislative party ratio of 20(R) vs. 11(D) in its Senate and another 98(R) vs. 52(D) in their House of Representatives, Texas is the epitome of a strong conservative Republican (Red) state which should instead be setting the example to all other states for total Second Amendment enforcement as well as all other Constitutional issues.

      This is exemplified even more so given Texas’ large population you speak of, and the fact this same population duly elected a majority Republican legislature as well as a Republican Governor to boot (no pun); thus clearly indicating the majority will of the people.

      So in-fact the people of Texas have spoken for years, which makes your statement even more absurd. So in complete disregard to your ludicrous rhetoric, the rest of us real Texans refuse to accept half measures and compromise when it comes to the unalienable rights as affirmed in our US Constitution.

      Our original sentiment remains, which is… of all the states, Texas should stand as the complete opposite of California’s liberal condition. Texas is the “yang” to balance California’s yin but the representatives elected by the people are failing to reflect that.

    2. Raw number of legislative votes is seldom relevant. The states, just as the federal congress and senate, are not ruled by winner-take-all in our republic. There are a myriad of procedural hurdles, legislative timetables, delaying tactics, negotiations, public hearings, law enforcement and regulatory input, et al to contend with. I for one voice appreciation for all of the pro-2nd Amendment representatives’ hard work, and for progress in the right direction.

      I refuse to bang the table demanding 100% my way or nothing.

    3. And to add to G-Man’s completely logical and correct statements, your assertion that the situation in Texas is a result of population density doesn’t hold water either.

      True, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho are less densely populated than Texas, so let’s talk about Virginia. According to the US Census Bureau data for July 1, 2013, Texas has a population density of 103.1 persons/square mile, and Virginia has a population density of 209.2 persons/square mile. As such Virginia has twice as many people per square mile as Texas, and yet we have a more gun friendly code.

      And, this was done in a state that elected a Democrat Governor, and two Democrat US senators because of a base of wealthy Liberals and welfare recipients in our two most populace northern counties adjacent to the People’s Republic of Maryland and DC.

    4. It’s not population density, it’s population. Texas has a lower density because they are so big in area, with much of that area near empty. But they still have a much larger population. The point being, a larger population means a larger legislature, often with more complex and divided factions. Which can often mean more difficult legislative rules and procedures to contend with, more difficult and complex factions to bring together in any negotiations, etc.

      A direct comparison between Texas and California on many issues is the most valid. Both have large land areas, both have the highest populations, both have very diverse and large economies, both have multiple large urban areas, both are about 1/3 Hispanic, both have illegal immigration problems and challenges to contend with. And they both have very, very different governing philosophies.

      Nothing against Virginia, but not relevant.

    5. I’m not going to debate with you, Txfree.

      If you think you have it all figured out, and nothing but you’re outlook is relevant, then more power to you.

  22. So, Texans STILL have to get permission from the nanny government to protect themselves outside their homes. Keep it up Texan freedom lovers and you will get them to relinquish their ill held control on your freedom.

  23. It’s way past time for Texas to catch up with the rest of the country, now maybe they will also have indoor plumping too! Conceal or open carry always (S.T.K.) Shoot to Kill!

  24. I have just watched the included Texas Law Shield video where it took an attorney almost 6 minutes to break down the new law… why when there are already 14 simple words in the US Constitution that cover this for the entire Nation?

    “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

    I share Mikial’s sentiment that “Texas is so backwards on gun rights”, given its Wild West history and prowess for independence.

    As I’ve stated in past comments, I am from Texas (born and raised) with generations of family heavily rooted there. But some have migrated to Arizona so I visit both states quite regularly.

    There is something about Texans that only a true Texan can feel… our pride seems to run a notch or two deeper than most other areas. We have a stronger sense of tradition than I’ve seen anywhere else in the US. And yet I am sad to say I am ashamed of Texas gun laws and would take Arizona’s freedom any day over Texas.

    1. To those of us who are not Texans, there has always been this mystique about Texas. I used to have relatives there (dead and gone now) and spent time in Houston and Galveston, but never really thought of those places as the real Texas.

      But this watered down gun rights law has been a surprise to me. I’ve spent a lot of time in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, and although Virginia is a very gun friendly state, the states around it are not, and I look every day for work in Utah, Wyoming or Idaho . . even Montana, where there still seems to be a spirit of the true America alive and well.

  25. Sounds like things are at least appearing to go in the right direction. I would still have a big issue with the last bullet point: “— Police can approach someone openly carrying and detain them and ask for ID.” This is still illegal as far as I am concerned; carrying a firearm does not indicate that a law has been broken, or will be broken. So now, the police can detain anyone if they are open carry! Makes no sense to me. There are some reasons I love living in AZ. This is one of them.

  26. I live in Kentucky, where we can open carry without a permit/license. It’s hard to believe people can’t already do that in Texas (or anywhere else for that matter). But at least it’s a step in the right direction.
    I’ve never wanted to open carry, I have a license and conceal; it’s more intimidating for the bad guys not knowing. It may also make you less of a target if problems erupt.

  27. I’m happy for Texans, and this may be a baby step in the right direction for Texas, but I really don’t see how this is such a big win.

    The people who will be able to open carry can already carry concealed, so the only advantage here is that they can carry when they are dressed for the heat or otherwise can’t conceal. That’s nice, but I never open carry anyway, unless I’m in the woods, but that’s another topic.

    Here in Virginia you need a permit to carry concealed, but any citizen who can legally own a gun can open carry except in a few of the usual restricted sites like schools and government buildings.

    I’m actually surprised Texas is so backwards on gun rights given how Texans are usually bragging about how free and strong their state is.

    1. I believe it would be more intimidating to the bad guy knowing his intended victim is armed. They will now for sure this person is willing to put up a fight to the death to keep what is theirs and unless they are willing to fight to the death to take it I believe they would look for an easier target. I believe this because I believe most of the people who are going to rob somebody are going to look for an easy target. They are cowards and if they are too lazy to work for what they get they’re too lazy to fight very hard for it too. Just my opinion.


    2. You underestimate bad guys. If they choose a target, and there is someone openly armed there, the first thing they will do is cap the guy with the gun with no warning, and no hesitation. They will scope the place out and identify you as a threat.

      So, while they are putting a couple of rounds into you because you are openly armed, I’ll draw from concealment and get myself and my loved ones to safety, or take the bad guys out in the same way.

    3. Being from Texas, I’m going to continue to carry concealed…I just won’t have to worry about printing or accidently displaying any longer. I would rather be able to surprise the bad guy because he won’t know, and what he doesn’t know can hurt him!

    4. Perhaps you also overestimate the bad guys. A guy who is used to stealing for a living is not likely to be spending a great deal of time at the range shooting up copious amounts of handgun ammo running offensive and defensive drills. I would hope that anyone who is depending on his firearm for protections is conscientious enough to practice often to maintain accuracy and proficiency. I typically run between 60 and 200 rounds a month through my 1911 shooting different scenarios. Beginning January 1, 2016 I will be carrying either open or concealed as the occasion warrants and in either case I plan to maintain situational awareness.

    5. 100% true. Open carry person is the bad guys first target.

      The individual/s perpetrating the lawlessness, ALWAYS gets the jump, because he, she or they probably have a plan and know when he, she, or they are going to entact the start of the plan.

      The Wolverine state allows one carry but I would only open carry inside my own curilage.

      Be safe out there. And always be prepared to cover your brothers back.

      Situational awareness is always the best way to protect ones self, armed with a pistol or not.

    6. What horsecrap! My what an imaginative mind! I say this because not ONCE has this Bennett recorded as ever happening! It’s truly a made up theory that only the concealed only crowd spouts off….

      Carrying concealed makes you just as much a target as those NOT carrying. Think about it! If no one can see your gun why are you any different than any other of the sheeple?

      If you believe that you can draw from concealment and shoot before the guy holding a gun to your head then YOU are living in a fantasy land!

    7. So . . . what you’re saying is that a person the criminal does not know has a gun is just a much a target as a person a criminal knows for a fact by direct observation is carrying a gun when they enter an establishment to commit a crime?

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