When Texas adopted the so-called “Concealed Handgun Law” in 1995, several restricted areas were created where it would be unlawful for a person with a Concealed Handgun License, now known as a License to Carry a Handgun, (“Licensee”) to carry their self-defense handgun. Over the following twenty-one years, Licensees have proven themselves to be the most law-abiding of Texans. Their track record is amazing and it is discussed in detail below.
I suspect not one person in fifty, perhaps one person in a thousand, has read the entire American Declaration of Independence. We quote a few lines from the first two paragraphs, and perhaps from the closing paragraph as well. Yet we never read the single document that gives a broad and ominous view of what forced Americans to take such a drastic, deadly, brave and heroic step. The vast majority of Americans, if they know anything about the American Revolution, would say that our gripe was "taxation without representation," but King George's tyranny was much broader than just taxes. I'm not busting anyone chops for that, it's just not something we think about much.
Continuing to use failed tactics is not a recipe for success.
Texas law changed on January 1, 2016 such that people with a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) can now carry their handguns openly, so long as they are in a belt or shoulder holster. There are exceptions that apply to public and private colleges and universities, as well as private property when owners give effective notice pursuant to Tex. Penal Code §30.07.