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Q: Can I Open Carry in Texas (in Public)?
A: You can openly carry rifles and shotguns. Yes you can, as of January 1 – 2016, folks can carry a handgun openly or concealed. However, you do have to be licensed. By Texas law, the gun must be carried using a “shoulder or belt holster.” Long arms still do not require a license.
Q: Why Can’t I Open Carry my Handgun in Texas (in Public)?
A: You can now openly carry with a license as of January 2016. Before that, Texas has long had a prohibition on the open display of handguns. This dates back to the days of Cowboys in the “Wild West” era of the 1800s; contrary to public opinion.
Q: Can I Open Carry on my own Property?
A: Yes, you may carry openly on property that you own or that is directly under your control.
Q: Can I Open Carry on Private Land?
A: Yes and No. You can carry openly if you are in the act of hunting or directly en route to your residence which can include a motor vehicle. You cannot openly carry on property that is not yours, even if the owner gives you permission to do so.
Q: I have a CHL, can I Carry Openly?
A: At this time the CHL enables you to carry concealed or in the open.
Q: Can everyone open carry in Texas?
A: No, most minors under the age of 18 cannot, people convicted of various crimes cannot. You must have a license to open carry in Texas
Q: I live out of state, can I open carry in Texas?
A: Yes. There is not a residency restriction legally open carry as long as you have a handgun license with Texas reciprocity.