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Dec 31, 2015
Open Carry for the state of Texas begins on January 1
The city of Pflugerville Police Department is preparing
for the new Open Carry Laws which begin on January 1, 2016. View the
city's Open Carry video online at Pflugervilletx.gov/opencarry.
Carry is new, so we anticipate additional calls to the Police
Department as the public gets used to the new laws,” Chief Chuck Hooker
said. “As always, the police will respond to any call for service, but
it’s important that residents and business owners understand the basics
of the law and know the information that we need for a 9-1-1 call.”
Under the new laws, it will be legal for someone with a handgun license
to open carry a holstered handgun or concealed handgun into a business,
except those with visible 30.06 and 30.07 signs which explain the
restriction of carrying on the premise. To restrict the carrying of long
guns (shotguns, rifles, etc.) a third “No Firearms” sign is required.
For a list of locations where handgun license holders are restricted
from carrying, go to Texas Dept. of Public Safety Open Carry Site.
When to call 9-1-1:
Call 9-1-1 if someone has as gun out of a holster, or if the holder
appears intoxicated or is committing a crime. If a 9-1-1 call is placed,
the police will ask if the person with the weapon is displaying it in a
threatening manner or breaking the law. A threatening manner includes,
but is not limited to, having their hand on the trigger (even in the
holster); holding the weapon out of the holster, or pointing the weapon
at anyone. The person holding a weapon is violating the law if they are
intoxicated, committing a crime, or bringing a gun into a private
business where the required legal signs are posted indicating guns are
prohibited. On January 1, seeing someone with a weapon is not a reason
to call the police, but please do so if you feel threatened.
Pflugerville Police officers are trained on the new laws and can request
to see a gun owner’s license under certain circumstances.
This article is intended as a general tool for understanding the Open
Carry Laws and is not intended to serve as all-inclusive definition of
the law or as legal advice. For additional specifics on the Open Carry Law visit the Texas Department of Public Safety Open Carry rules.
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