In this 2-minute video, Texas Law Shield Program Attorney Edwin Walker covers the status of current Open Carry legislation in the State Congress. Walker details aspects of the yet-to-be-passed measures that handgun owners who wish to OC in Texas must understand, but which may not be understood by gun owners because the law is not a Constitutional Carry provision like in a handful of other states.
@ 0:35 Both the state House and Senate have passed bills allowing open carry. However, neither bill has advanced to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. @ 1:00 The bills are mostly the same: A licensed individual could choose to carry open in a belt holster or shoulder holster. @ 1:15 One notable difference between the two bills is that in the House version, a police officer could not detain or ask for ID from someone they see open carrying a handgun in a holster. The police officer would have to observe some other criminal activity to detain an open-carrier and ask for ID. @ 1:45 Open carry will only be legal in the state under three conditions: The open-carrier will have to have a concealed-carry license or a handgun license from another state that Texas recognizes; the handgun will have to be carried in either a belt holster or shoulder holster; and the measures do not become effective until January 1, 2016.
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