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Posted on: December 28, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Open Carry Law

Unless City Council otherwise directs staff, new signage such as the one posted above will be posted during open meetings to prevent licensed people from carrying handguns openly or in a concealed manner into those meetings.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, Texans with a handgun license will be allowed to carry handguns in plain view in a shoulder or belt holster, in accordance with House Bill 910.

Individuals who do not have a license, but are otherwise authorized to carry a handgun, may carry a handgun on the person’s private property or in a car. All guns are still prohibited from the following locations:

  • Polling places
  • Government courts or offices utilized by courts (unless written authorization is provided by the court)
  • Rooms where a properly noticed open meeting is held
  • Correctional facilities (including municipal jails)
  • Schools (unless written authorization is provided). Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, concealed handguns will be allowed at locations at certain colleges and universities.
  • On the premises of certain business with alcohol permits or licenses
  • Certain hospitals and nursing facilities
  • Established places of worship (churches, synagogues, etc.)
  • Anywhere while intoxicated

Prohibited weapons include:

  • Machine guns
  • Shot-barrel firearms
  • Firearm silencers
  • Armor-piercing ammunition
  • Zip guns
  • Tire deflation devices
  • Chemical dispensing devices

Residents should call 911 if they see a person violating HB 910 in the following ways:

  • The removal of the gun from a secured holster
  • When a gun holder appears intoxicated
  • When the individual is committing a crime
  • When the individual appears to intend to cause harm and/or is acting in a reckless or suspicious manner

Residents can read the more information about the bill on the Texas Legislature website.

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