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.