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Open Carry

NEW! Starting January 1, 2016, folks with a concealed carry license will be permitted to now carry openly in TEXAS, per House Bill 910 of the 2015 legislative session. Non-Texans from states whose permits are also recognized by Texas will be allowed to open carry under the new law January 1, 2016.

This website is not meant to be legal counsel. We are not lawyers.

Q: Can I Open Carry in Texas (in Public)?
A: You can openly carry rifles and shotguns. Yes you can, as of January 1 – 2016, folks can carry a handgun openly or concealed> However you do have to be licensed. By Texas law, the gun must be carried using a “shoulder or belt holster.” Long arms still do not require a license.

Q: Why Can’t I Open Carry my Handgun in Texas (in Public)?
A: You can now openly carry with a license as of January 2016. Before that, Texas has long had a prohibition on the open display of handguns. This dates back to the days of Cowboys in the “Wild West” era of the 1800s; contrary to public opinion.

Q: Can I Open Carry on my own Property?
A: Yes, you may carry openly on property that you own or that is directly under your control.

Q: Can I Open Carry on Private Land?
A: Yes and No. You can carry openly if you are in the act of hunting or directly en route to your residence which can include a motor vehicle. You cannot openly carry on property that is not yours, even if the owner gives you permission to do so.

Q: I have a CHL, can I Carry Openly?
A: At this time the CHL enables you to carry concealed or in the open.

Can everyone open carry in Texas? ‚Äč
A: No, most minors under the age of 18 cannot, people convicted of various crimes cannot. You must have a license to open carry in Texas

I live out of state, can I open carry in Texas?
A: Yes. There is not a residency restriction legally open carry as long as you have a handgun license with Texas reciprocity.

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