January 1st marks the first day that licensed handgun owners may openly carry their firearms, as long as the gun remains in a shoulder or belt holster.
Brenham Police Chief Craig Goodman on Thursday released this statement regarding the ability to openly carry legally-held firearms:
The rules related to where and when a license holder may openly carry are essentially identical to where and when a concealed handgun license holder can carry under current law.
- Open carry requires weapons to be carried either in a shoulder or belt holster.
- Signage is required for businesses that prohibit weapons.
The League has prepared a more comprehensive Q&A on the subject, which includes a chart of where weapons are allowed. The Q&A is available at www.tml.org under ‘Legal Research” by clicking on the “Public Safety” tab. Also available is the Texas Department of Public Safety sign translation and a citizen handout explaining the law.
Open carry allows for the public display of a weapon secured inside a holster. Citizens should always be vigilant and notify the police if they believe the law is being violated and/or recklessness is occurring by an individual with a weapon.