Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 910: Texas Open Carry Bill

New law to take effect on January 1, 2016

Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 910: Texas Open Carry Bill
Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 910: Texas Open Carry Bill
NRA - Institute for Legislative Action
NRA – Institute for Legislative Action

Fairfax, VA -( On Saturday, with representatives of your NRA-ILA and our affiliate Texas State Rifle Association present, Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed into law House Bill 910, sponsored by state Representative Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) and state Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls).

This landmark legislation will bring the total number of states recognizing the right of open carry to 44.

The NRA-backed legislation removes the requirement for Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) to keep their handguns concealed by giving them the option of carrying their firearm either wholly or partially visible in a belt or shoulder holster. With a 20-year record of law-abiding and responsible behavior, Texas CHLs deserve this opportunity and this self-defense option.

Your phone calls and emails to lawmakers in support of HB 910 made the difference!

Please thank Governor Abbott for signing this important measure into law, our bill sponsors, Rep. Phillips and Sen. Estes, for their dedication and hard work throughout the legislative session, and to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, House leadership and our legislative supporters for shepherding this landmark measure through the legislative process.

Governor Abbott also announced the signing of Senate Bill 11. Legislation sponsored by State Senator Brian Birdwell and State Representative Allen Fletcher, SB 11 removes the blanket criminal prohibition on campus carry by Concealed Handgun Licensees.

Texas is now the 7th state to allow concealed carry on college campuses.

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  • 16 thoughts on “Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 910: Texas Open Carry Bill

    1. John
      You are sadly informed or are a troll .
      The State of Texas “makes” no money on CHl. The cost , by law, cannot be a revenue generator and the fees cover the cost of the program , only. This is why the cost of the license has fallen for 20 years and the license period extended from 4 to 5 years. Originally was 175 bucks for everyone except the indigent,and 4 years ; now it’s zero for active military, 35 for veterans or indigent and 140 for everyone else , renewal is 70 bucks and veterans pay 25 and good for 5 years.
      For those complaining about ” mother may I”, a ” shall issue” regime is NOT ” mother may I” . Take a class on Texas State Law on deadly force use and the carry laws , pass an idiot simple test to show you did not sleep through class, shoot 50 shots in a proficiency test to show you can sorta maybe hit a target and you aren’t a threat to the innocent general public down range. pass a background check and you MUST be issued a license .

      Open Carry should be constituional , I agree but not having it is the result of racists in the 1876 Texas Legislature reacting to the excesses of Yankee Ocvupation and Revonstruction , not wanting negroes to carry pistols. Look it up.
      Concealed carry gas been regulated in various places since the time of the Founding Fathers ; open carriage of arms was something law abiding Englishmen did ; in most places CONCEALING weapons was a crime and it is probably constitutional to regulate.

    2. The NRA is a go along to get along. It was the NRA compromise that gave us the 68 gun control.
      It is a shame that we did not have Gun Owners of America back then.
      I am glad for what we have as it is a step in the right direction. It will be extremely hard to get rid of the CHL because of the money they make.

      1. What would GOA have done? The same thing they do now…brag about no compromise but have absolutely no clout…

    3. If you still have to have a momma may I permit to carry then there is nothing to celebrate. When you have a law that permits carrying without a permit then you can pat yourself on the back. Till then shut up and get a real law in place.

    4. So does this mean anyone can now walk into any restaurant, grocery store, public place, etc as long as they have a permit.

    5. OK, how about we cut the crap here people. Texas has n “open carry” law now. Who REALLY gives a crap how it got here? What, NONE of you have EVER taken partial credit for something you weren’t completely involved with? What, you’ve NEVER made a stupid statement that you wish you hadn’t. I am so sick and tired of all you whiny babies out there bitching and pissing and moaning about who did what, why do we have to have a CHL to “open carry”, why isn’t Old Mother Hubbard still feeding her dog? SHUT UP AND BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE THUS FAR. God, you remind me of a bunch of grade schoolers on the playground fighting over whose ball it is. OK, now let me have it from all of those that what to bring up the “Constitutional Carry” and the “we have a right” and boo hoo we didn’t get EVERYTHING we wanted.

      1. Excellent, seems all people can do is piss and moan forgetting that it is now better than is was before and if it were not for the NRA and other groups they would have been totally disarmed back in 68 under the gun grab of LBJ. Also it’s very doubtful if the NRA lost few thousand members in Texas. Some people forget that victory sometimes comes one brick at a time being removed from the wall of total control dictators (Democrats) until the wall crumbles.

    6. Yes, exceedingly sad that with all those self congratulatory accolades from the good ole NRA and TSRA, much less our illustrious legislators,that a sorry UNCONSTITUTIONAL carpetbagger law REMAINS on the Texas law books since 1871. Just a measly 143 years! Puh-thetic! What a bunch of self serving bunch of flaming hypocrites….. my rep and sinator INCLUDED on another planet. Even the Dutton and Huffines Amendments were deleted for expediency.
      But Thank Yous to especially to Rep. Stickland, Frullo, Senator Huffines and Perry plus others unnamed.
      I’m confident that those whom voluntarily died at the Alamo for our great Republic, whom were STILL flipping end over end in their graves during this session, are still giving attaboys to those whom carried the Spirit of the 2nd Amendment as it was written and INTENDED back then. Mostly, without a Reconstruction carpetbagger law emptying their holsters at the Alamo.
      Constitutional Carry is self explanatory. Self Evident. No Explanation Necessary. Rights are NOT Privileges. BUT “licensed” open carry is explicitly just that. It’s still lipstick on a big ole sow pig. And she stinks still….
      Oh, well. Re-elections are Coming,eventually. Especially the dreaded Primary. I’m voting either for or AGAINST = 2 votes. But I’m 100 certain I’m voting. Again. And some of us have a very long memory. And calling my rep and sinator why I’m positively voting against them in the Primary and sending NO money,either. And I’m going to call these traitors and tell them why I’m sending them my reelection funds elsewhere. And my reelection funds are going to those legislators whom represented my views in other districts – NOT those that gladly represent me now. AND previously sending money to a legislator whom represents Your views that You couldn’t/can’t vote for but calling on a congratulatory note or with with funds in hand damn sure gets their attention. Leverage! Been there- done that!
      Yes, Constitutional Carry is Coming! Not If but When?
      I’m not mad. I’m Angry. AND I’m NOT going to Forget EXCEPT for Good Riddance!
      So, Remember – don’t Forget!
      After a while,it’s my turn to vote. CU in the voting booth…….

    7. Nope! It’s not “open” carry, it is concealed carry with an option. It’s a disgrace when our State and Country is being invaded by the illegals from all over this world, and the State of Texas requires a permit to “open” carry which is the concealed carry permit. It’s all bull hocky!!!!

      1. Exactly what i have been saying. This is absolutely of no benefit nor progress to the people, only those who have paid for a license. This is still complete infringement on 2nd amendment….

      2. This is just plain stupid. So I work in a public place. So anyone that has a “legal permit” or pretend to can now walk into a grocery store, a restaurant, a store, etc and we are not to think nothing about it. Human lives are of no value. So once again State of TX is giving People the right to Kill others. Guess I’m moving before the New Year.

        1. I keep hearing this fear that all of a sudden the concealed handgun licensed (CHL) holders are going to start shooting people and wonder what the basis is… These same people already are carrying handguns into the grocery store, restuarants, malls, etc. and you just do not know it. They are not the active shooters you read about. Personally if I am ever in a theater with an active shooter, I want someone there with me that has a is carrying. These things happen fast and no police can react fact enough if you are in the theater… The DPS tracks stats on CHL holders compared to the Texas population and it can be found here:

          CHL holders have no criminal record, attend classes, take a written and proficiency test. The statistics are very good for people with CHLs. Bottom line is they are not the people to fear!

          I have no way of knowing what others will do, but I do not intend to open carry. I do not want to tell the folks who are carrying weapons and do not have a CHL to shoot me first… However, I am relieved with the open carry law so if my weapon becomes visible by mistake, I will not have to worry about a legal issue.

    8. Here we go again with the NRA taking some credit (NRA backed legislation) for Open Carry passing in Texas. That is BS ! The TSRA,Gov.Abbott,Sen.Estes,and Lt.Gov.Patrick were the main players in getting TX HB 910 passed,not the NRA ! The NRA almost got the billed killed by the statements they made about OCT members and them being scary and strange by displaying firearms in public.Shannon Watts and the gungrabbers were praising the NRA for those statements they made. What does that tell you ? Cox retracted those statements two days later after the NRA lost a few thousand Texas members because of it.

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