Thanks for your courtesy and professionalism.
Unless one has been living under a rock in Texas, they are aware that, as of January 1, 2016, it is legal to carry a handgun openly if you have a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (“LTC”), formerly known as a Texas Concealed Handgun License “CHL.” This change in Texas law, known simply as “open-carry,” is quickly becoming a non-issue just as concealed-carry did after the creation of Tex. Penal Code §30.06 in 1997.
I just returned from a week at NRA for committee meetings and the regular Board meeting. These trips are always a lot of work, the days are long and tiring, but they are also inspiring. I got home late Saturday night with a renewed commitment to focus on the big picture, that is the 2016 national elections and beyond. We have been fighting skirmishes during the 2015 Texas Legislative Session with open-carry being the skirmish having received the greatest attention in the public eye and so-called “campus-carry” following a very close second.
Harmful tactics, inexperienced activists and conflicting personal interests
The 2015 Texas Legislative Session saw the NRA and TSRA pass an open-carry bill (HB910) on the first attempt made by these organizations. (Click here for an article setting out the history of open-carry, prior to the NRA/TSRA success in passing HB910.) HB910 allows Texans holding a License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) (formerly a Texas Concealed Handgun License) to carry their self-defense handguns in a belt or shoulder holster, with some exceptions not relevant to this article.