State of Texas Passes NRA Backed Open Carry Legislation

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Fairfax, VA -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Rifle Association claims another victory for the law-abiding gun owners of Texas with the passage of House Bill 910.

This landmark open-carry legislation, now headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for his expected signature, will bring the total number of states recognizing the right of open-carry to 44.

“The NRA is proud to have played a leading role in the passage of Texas open carry legislation,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox. “The passage of this common sense law expands law abiding citizens' right to exercise their constitutional freedoms and affirms Texans' long tradition of supporting the Second Amendment. On behalf of the NRA’s 5 million members, I want to thank bill sponsors Rep. Larry Phillips & Sen. Craig Estes for their tenacious fight to pass this important bill, as well as Senate and House leadership for getting this measure across the goal line.”

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.

After 20 years of of law-abiding and responsible behavior, Texas CHLs are more than capable of accepting this new level of freedom.

Passed on the final days of the 2015 Texas legislative session, HB 910 requires permit holders to be at least 21 years of age and a resident of Texas for at least six months.

As of January 1, 2015, more than 800,000 Texans held concealed carry licenses.

About the National Rifle Association

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Follow the NRA on social at Facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation and Twitter @NRA.

For more information, visit: http://www.nra.org/.

About the NRA-ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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  • 9 thoughts on “State of Texas Passes NRA Backed Open Carry Legislation

    1. Watch this one minute video where NRA lawyer Paul Clement tells eleven 9th Circuit judges that states can ban Open Carry -> http://blog.californiarighttocarry.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/NRA-says-states-can-impose-concealed-carry.avi

      Watch NRA spokesman Chris Cox say that the NRA supports Open Carry -> http://blog.californiarighttocarry.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/NRA-lied-when-it-said-it-supports-Open-Carry.avi

      You might have to download the video to your PC to watch. Some people have reported problems playing back the videos on portable devices.

    2. Texas was on the right side in the War between the States, and Texas ran the yankees and their army out of Texas. The Knights of the Golden Circle did some shady things to get this accomplished when a referendum should have been taken to see if the Citizen of Texas actually wanted to seceed. Further, Colonel Robert E. Lee was the commander of the federal troops that patrolled the border in Texas, and was sent out by the same “Knights” and even took his luggage after they told him and his yankee army to leave Texas.
      Read a little Texas history.

      I agree that Texas should run the yankees outa Texas, including the illegal mexicans, muslime, and all the rest that are here illegally. There is an element in our State that condones and gets feral money to place muslime “refugees” in our and the other states and that should be stopped by the states. It’s a program from the un but only ships muslime into our country.

      If you believe this idea of having to have State approval to open carry, that is a permission slip, you are sadly mistaken. The liberals in Austin represent the northeast in attitude about gun control, and they would deny every Texas citizen the right to keep and bear arms if it was in their power.

      Our wonderful Govenor and the repub legislature apparently are scared of the average Citizen of Texas or they would pass Constitutional Carry and let it finally be done, but they tell us we must get permission via the concealed carry which was never allowed in Texas, but the dims in the legislature voted in 1971 (as I remember) and made Constitutional open carry illegal, and we’re still paying for their criminal activities and the 2d Amendment.

      ’nuff said

    3. The NRA did nothing to help us get this passed! The only reason us Texans got this right back (after being punished for fighting on the wrong side in the Civil War) is because of the tireless efforts of Open Carry Texas, Texas Carry, and all the other individual activists that wrote emails and made phone calls. Show me ANYWHERE the NRA helped us in this. In fact, wasn’t the NRA completely against the Huffines amendment? I mean, who needs the Constitution’s 4th amendment and the things it protects right? What’s next, they gonna claim it’s cause of them that we also got Campus Carry??

      1. Exactly! They called Open Carry protests, showing the hypocrisy that rifles were allowed to be OC and handguns we’re not, “weird”. NOW they want to be on the winning side…geez!

        1. I posted a comment about the new holster recovertactical made available to the public a day or two ago. immediately I received an email from the “expert” at recovertactical making claims about what I posted. If you don’t publish the email address, just exactly how did the “expert” (who didn’t know why the holster didn’t work) get my email address? Did you give it to him?

          You boys are falling behind on responding aren’t you, or just throwing my comments away?

      2. Actually you know nothing of who did what. If it were not for the NRA you would be shooting off nothing but your mouth after 1968. It takes a massive effort by all concerned for legislation such as this to be passed over the objections of the liberal nuts in the Texas legislature and control freak civilian police chiefs. If you think the NRA and local affiliations in the Texas fraternity were not involved you have sand between your ears,

      3. I give all of the credit too republican Larry Phillips of Sherman, Tx. Way ta go Mr. Phillips..
        And Thank you, But I’ll still carry mine concealed. But I am thankful for the open carry approval.
        jop
        Obama the Indonesian African/Arab Muslim Imposter in the White House is not happy about this.
        He and other Democrats want you to call 911. Why?? so as for you not too shoot one of their voter’s.
        They need all the Illegal’s and criminals they can get too vote for them…

        jop …—… :-} jop

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