Open carry legislation/question


New Member
May 11, 2009
Pensacola, FL
Howdy all,

As a proud Texan temporarily displaced for Marine Corps duty in North Carolina, I find it interesting (not in a good way) that Texas seems to be somewhat restrictive with regard to its open carry policy. Here in NC, I open carry from time to time (CCL not required) around the city and have never had a problem.

Just wanted to steer anyone that is interested to the following website for educational and informational purposes regarding this liberty we should all be able to excercise.


Does anyone have any experiences with open carrying in Texas? I have done it in remotely rural areas while hunting, etc. Is anyone aware of any push to loosen the laws in Texas for this?

Enjoy the website - it has great info.



TGT Addict
May 28, 2008
Ft Worth, TX
There is currently no legislation submitted for open carry in Texas. I don't suspect we will see it within even the next decade. It appears our campus carry legislation is dead.

As far as opencarry dot org. The Texas Page begins with a lie; "Summary
Texas is not a traditional open carry state. They also do not allow open carry, or even printing, by those who have a concealed carry permit."

Printing is not outlawed. In Texas, it is unlawful to intentionally fail to conceal. An inadvertent flash or print is not illegal.

Texas generally prohibits the carry of handgun unless on your own premises or one under your control (carry open if you wish) or in a motor vehicle that you own is is under your control (must be concealed)

There are exceptions;

traveling (carry open or concealed)
hunting, fishing or other lawful sporting activity if the handgun is commonly used in the activity (carry open or concealed)
under a CHL (must be concealed)
As an armed guard (gun must be IN PLAIN VIEW)
managing a placed licensed to sell alcohol (carry however you wish)

So out of 7 instances you can carry, 2 do not allow open carry, 1 requires it and the others are silent. That does not sound like "they do not allow open carry".

Then it goes on about College Carry;

College Carry Carry Prohibited by Statute

NOTE: Even if Legal, Students May be Subject to Academic Sanctions

They state that it is prohibited, then go on to write, "even if legal". What a poorly researched place. Texas only makes college carry illegal INSIDE buildings.

The "online petition" also contains lies and other misinformation.


Mar 16, 2009
Regardless of its poorly worded lettering, I hope that we could get open carry passed here in Texas. I will agree however that when it is poorly written, all it does is turn away people who might have gone for it...Hey Txinvestigator, could we get you to re-write it properly, seeing as how you have a pretty vast understanding of what the laws and requirements actually are. I know many on this site are not for open carry, but it's (supposed to be) our right to bear arms...and I think it seems to be working out in the states that allow it... Atleast I'm not hearing about old west duels happening in the middle of main streets.


Mar 16, 2009
I'll Keep you in mind if I can get someone to write one...unfortunately I'm not that good at those things either, but the current one will most definitely not do.


Mar 2, 2009
Nice website but wow talk about all the difference depending on what u are doing. The travel one is that traveling in a car? I give you guys credit for knowing all these laws, It gets very confusing to me if you leave the state. Or statutorily meens no ifs ands or buts correct.


Mar 2, 2009
Go to the website and look at the travel one it looks like a box of fruit loops.


Mar 11, 2008
DFW, North Texas
Go to the website and look at the travel one it looks like a box of fruit loops.
I'm also not sure what you're talking about but if you're looking at for info, don't.

And if you go state to state, yes, if you don't know the laws of that state, whether in regards to handguns or doughnuts, you'll be confused.

I'm still scratching my head about and what their intention was in getting people excited about an open carry bill. It didn't have a good foundation, wasn't planned and certainly didn't have a very good follow through. But they collected money.......... then blasted anyone that had registered, with emails trying to push us to their writings which was for person gain only.

Maybe next time, it should be Texan's that drive the effort for open carry in Texas.



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