Holster Requirements for Open-Carry

Why do some open-carry bills talk about holsters?

While the hot-button issue dealing with open-carry bills is licensed open-carry v. so-called “constitutional carry,” there is another issue that concerns gun owners who may choose to carry a handgun openly in the event it becomes legal in Texas. At issue is whether to require that a holster be used and, if so, to what degree should Texas law specify the retention features a holster must incorporate. Folks who do not carry a concealed handgun on a regular basis may find this to be an insignificant point to generate much debate, but they would be mistaken.

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What Constitutes a Private College?

Private property or semi-private property, you can’t have it both ways.

In terms of real property, most people would agree that private property can be subdivided into two subcategories; 1) property owned solely for personal use such as one’s home or lake house; and 2) property used for business purposes such as a store, auto repair shop or movie theater. Texas has a long standing tradition of providing sweeping protection to owners of private use property, while allowing greater regulation of property held for business purposes. The rationale is that the government should have minimal control over a citizen’s use of real property that they purchased with their own money and on which they pay taxes to multiple taxing authorities. Texans jealously guard “private property rights” and rightfully so.

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Board of Regents & Chancellors Should Have No Say in Campus-Carry

Self-defense is a statewide constitutional issue, not a local issue.

Two “gun bills” were the subject of a public hearing on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in the Senate State Affairs Committee. SB11 is this session’s campus-carry bill and SB17 a/k/a SB346 would allow people with a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to carry their self-defense handgun either openly or concealed. It was a very long day for everyone and the testimony was pretty much what one would expect. This article will address only SB11, campus-carry.

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