Texas Gun Laws Sticky

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You know what would be a good idea is if we posted a sticky thread of Texas gun laws so that some one could do a quick check if they had a question regarding gun ownership and the Law. Do we have any legal experts here?
 

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Here's a few links from the Texas State Code:

-SB378 aka The Castle Doctrine

-HB1815 This is the bill specifically legalizing every state resident that can legally own a firearm to carry one in their car (as long as it is concealed).
 

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That's a tough one. Honestly, I'm still surprised Texas isn't an open carry allowed state. I mean afterall, this is TEXAS! ;) From what I understand, I think with most of the current states that allow open carry, I believe their open carry laws have been on the books for decades if not over half a century or longer (you know back when people were sane). As liberal as this country has become, I honestly don't know if it would happen or not. Personally, I'd still rather carry concealed. I'd rather I be the only one around me that knows I'm carry as opposed to having it visible on my hip and constantly having to deal with peoples irrational and emotional fear of inanimate objects. Anyways, lets try to keep on topic, this is a sticky so lets keep posts related to TX state gun laws, state code, etc please. :)
 

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I think at this point most lobbyist groups such as the NRA and NRA-ILA, TSRA, etc are more focused on preventing our rights from being further eroded away. '07 was a great year for Texas with Governor Perry signing into law the Castle Doctrine, HB1815 (the car handgun carry law), etc. Also, as it is the number of CHL holders is rather low in this state compared to some like Florida. As of 12/31/07 Texas has 288,909 active license holders. Here's the reference from the DPS: Link

Getting an open carry law signed in is a pretty big step, so honestly I think it would be awhile before anyone in office even debates/considers this issue.
 
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