Open Carry Laws in Texas
Don’t be surprised if the person next to you is openly packing heat.
As of January 1, 2016, Concealed Handgun Licensees are allowed to openly carry handguns in the same places that previously allowed concealed carrying, with only a few exceptions. A gun cannot be openly carried in places of higher education, these parking lots or sidewalks, or by an individual acting as a security officer under the Texas Occupation Code and not wearing a uniform. The firearm is required to be in a belt or shoulder holster. Existing CHL holders can openly carry a gun if they have a valid license without any additional “holster training.” However, new applicants are required to complete such training.