So Open Carry (of handguns) is coming soon to Texas.
From a legal perspective, I don’t see much reason for open carry to be prohibited. From a legal perspective, the reasons for carrying arms doesn’t and shouldn’t hinge on whether it’s under or over your shirt. Whether you, or those around you, are aware of it or not.
And sometimes, open carry may be the only legal means by which a person can arm themselves.
But that’s really all there is about it, and we to consider all this law does is change the status of certain behaviors in the eyes of the law.
To that end, I strongly urge you to know the law. A couple key points:
- It is licensed open carry of handguns. You still need a CHL – tho I guess they’ll have to just call it an HL now.
- You will need to know the law. The revisions to the Texas law code are… interesting. Take a read of Paul Martin’s analysis
- Open carry remains prohibited on college campuses. Just because both Open Carry and Campus Carry passed in the same legislative session doesn’t mean that we’ve got unrestricted both. Again, know the law.
It will take some time for the laws to shake out, for Texas Department of Public Safety to make some determinations, and then for TX CHL (or maybe just “HL”) instructors to receive updated information, curriculum, and then how to proceed.
I know folks are excited here, but be patient.