As many residents are aware, House Bill 910, regarding the Open Carry law, will take effect on Friday, January 1, 2016. When the new law goes into effect it will allow individuals that carry a valid Concealed Handgun License or CHL, to carry a handgun visible on their person. This means that residents may see individuals openly carrying firearms in public.
Whether you possess a valid Concealed Handgun License or not, GPPD is encouraging all citizens to educate themselves on Texas’ new Open Carry Law. It is very important for individuals to have a full understanding of the new handgun law.
GPPD is providing several links that include more detailed information including the most frequently asked questions. As with the current concealed handgun laws, businesses may opt to ban permit holders from openly carrying a weapon on their premises by displaying a sign that bears language that is outlined in the new law. The details for the signs can be found in the frequently asked questions link below.
The following signs are examples and can be used as guidelines:
You will notice the signs are similar, however according to Texas Law if you wish to prohibit both concealed and open carry you must display both signs for laws 30.06 and 30.07. You are also required to have both signs in English and Spanish. Businesses have the option to prohibit either open carry, concealed carry or both.