Open Carry Texas Comments on Passage of Open Carry by TX Legislature


Open Carry Texas
Open Carry Texas
Open Carry Texas
Open Carry Texas

Temple, TX –-(  I am extremely proud of what our members have been able to accomplish in just one legislative session.

With the House and Senate both working together to pass open carry, Texas becomes the 45th state without such restrictions.

I made a promise that Texas would be an open carry state by January 1 2016, but that promise would be nothing but an utterance without the hard work of our more than 50,000 members over the past two years.

Friends and supporters, we have walked hundreds of miles together in every major city and most counties in Texas over more than 2,500 events and rallies. We’ve handed out tens of thousands of leaflets and pamphlets. We’ve attended close to 100 gun shows. We’ve called, written, or spoken directly with every member of the 84th legislature.

Together, we have succeeded in making open carry a weekly story in the news here in Texas, across the country, and around the world. We’ve been covered in France, Canada, Japan, Australia, Spain, Mexico, the UK, Russia, and Germany. We’ve endured two years of attacks from gun control advocates and even pro-gun types for our tactics.

We were told our efforts would prevent this day from happening. We were told we were “hurting the cause.” And we proved them all wrong.

Our goal over the next two years is simple: prove the naysayers wrong and show that an armed society is a polite society; to prove that cops won’t have trouble telling the difference between a good guy and a bad guy; and to prove that open carry won’t result in people losing their minds in fear. And after we accomplish that, we come back during the 85th legislature and we get the rest! We are not done yet!

I also want to recognize the hard work of Pastor Terry Holcomb Sr. and Texas Carry! Congratulations to YOU on this victory!

About Open Carry Texas: Our purpose is to 1) educate all Texans about their right to openly carry rifles and shotguns in a safe manner; 2) to condition Texans to feel safe around law- abiding citizens that choose to carry them; 3) encourage our elected officials to pass less restrictive open carry legislation for all firearms, especially pistols; and (4) foster a cooperative relationship with local law enforcement in the furtherance of these goals with an eye towards preventing negative encounters.

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As a Texan with a CHL, I am happy to see this passed, even with the proviso that police can stop anyone they see carrying openly. The issue of police being allowed to stop anyone they see carrying and ask them to show their license is going to go away quietly over the next couple of years. First, because it is far too much trouble for the police to do regularly, hence they will inevitably begin doing so only when they think the openly armed person is behaving oddly or dangerously, or when they are responding to a 911 call… Read more »


Does TX have a minimum legal age for carrying a weapon, open or concealed ?? Does TX allow Campus Carry, open or concealed ? With or without permit ? I firmly believe that Campus Carry should start at age 18, usually the 1st year of college. We allow our young adults to drive at 16(some states earlier), to enlist at 18, AND VOTE at 18. Just doesn’t make sense to me to prohibit concealed firearms ownership until 21, as ARKANSAS does. Their early years away from home are their most vulnerable times.


We’ll be back next year for constitutional carry. We’re NOT going away.


The year after next.


We are about to make history at last. Its been a long time coming and I want to thank all that fought the good fight (not including kory, nra and the like). It’s not all we wanted but still a victory all the same. I can’t wait.

Charles Nichols

“Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare [openly carrying firearms], it’s down right weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself.” National Rifle Association position of May 30, 2014 on openly carrying firearms in public for the purpose of self-defense. Nearly one year to the day later, both houses of the Texas legislature have passed a bill which would make it legal to openly carry a modern, loaded handgun in public, albeit with a Texas handgun carry license. The NRA is now claiming victory for something they… Read more »


NRA contract lobbyist for IL Todd Vandermyde placed Duty to Inform w/ criminal penalties of 6 MONTHS or 1 YEAR in Rep. Brandon Phelps “good” “NRA backed” HB183 carry bill because the Chiefs of Police wanted it, AFTER the U.S. Federal court in Chicago forced the IL legislature to pass concealed carry in Dec 2012. 95% of NRA members in IL are retarded hicks who can’t spell their own name. When NRA needed a plaintiff for the Supreme Court, they got Chicago black man Otis McDonald. When it came time to pass a carry bill, double-dealing rat Vandermyde gave police… Read more »

Charles Nichols

The 7th Circuit did not force Illinois to pass a concealed carry law. The 7th Circuit stayed its decision to give Illinois time to enact a new law if it wanted to do so. If Illinois had not enacted the NRA/SAF backed Open Carry ban then it would have been legal to both openly carry and to carry concealed without a permit. If fact, for a few hours on the day the new Illinois ban was enacted it was legal to do just that as the stay had expired that day.

Dave from San Antonio

The only ones to lose their minds, out of fear or other things, will be the liberals…and, of course…”Moms Demand Action”, although it’s is hard to lose something…that may not have existed in the first place. That debate…is still open, at least to a few people, I think…

Charles Nichols

Concealed carry is of no use to me, I don’t carry a purse. Besides, Open Carry is the right guaranteed by the Constitution, concealed carry can be banned. “[A] right to carry arms openly: “This is the right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and which is calculated to incite men to a manly and noble defence of themselves, if necessary, and of their country, without any tendency to secret advantages and unmanly assassinations.”” District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 (2008) at 2809 “[T]he right of the people to keep and bear arms (art.… Read more »


It’s about time Texas got open carry. The few liberals in the Texas Senate and House tried their best to stop it from becoming law,but Republicans run Texas,not them liberal douches. It will be great to have the option to carry concealed or open. Gov. Abbott has already tweeted that his pen is ready when it hits his desk. ‘Texas like a whole other country’ ! …and maybe it will again too !

vincent hulock

been with yall since dad splained it to me at 4 yrs old! good job and many thanx 4 letting me breathe easier without being tazed!