Texas Is Now an 'Open Carry' State for Handguns
Yesterday, Texas became the 45th state to allow open carry of handguns thanks to a new law that took effect.
— Anna M. Tinsley (@annatinsley) January 1, 2016
For the first time since 1871, properly licensed Texans are permitted to display their handguns in public in holsters on their hips or shoulders.
Private property owners can still ban guns with a specifically worded sign, or by asking the person to leave.
People also can't openly carry at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, sporting events or airport security checkpoints.
At the State Capitol in Austin yesterday, advocates held a celebratory "Uncovering Day."
"Today is a very historic day for Texas," Open Carry Texas founder C.J.Grisham told the crowd. "We didn't stop and you didn't stop. We proved the sight of a firearm is not something to fear."
Nearly 4 percent, or about 900,000, of Texas residents have a concealed handgun permit license, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.