Can you open carry a loaded weapon in Texas?

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However, Texas generally prohibits people from openly carrying guns, loaded or unloaded, on or near their person in public spaces, except if the guns are carried in a holster (in which case a holstered gun may be partially or even fully visible to another person). In general terms, people in Texas can carry weapons where weapons are not prohibited. In other types of locations, the owner of the property or the person who controls the property can decide whether to allow weapons. Carriers must respect these designated areas or the result could be the filing of a criminal charge against you.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Texas Driver Protection Act or any other gun related crime in Texas, you should exercise caution. Under Texas Open Transportation law, it remains illegal for a licensed carrier to intentionally display the gun in view of another person in a public place, unless the gun is in a shoulder or belt holster. The same precautions should be taken with your weapon when concealing it when it is brought into view. Attorneys at the Sparks Law Firm have spoken frequently at these seminars to keep gun owners and licensed individuals up to date on gun laws.

As long as you are legally allowed to own a firearm and the vehicle belongs to you, the answer is yes; you may have a gun, loaded or unloaded, in your vehicle in the state of Texas. If you have it open, it can serve as a deterrent to an offender and make them less likely to commit a crime, since your gun will be exposed in a holster. The bill describes that guns that are openly carried must be worn in shoulder or belt sleeves and that gun owners still have the right to carry them concealed if they prefer. Of course, carrying a loaded gun requires you to take the utmost caution and care not to put yourself or others in danger.

Section 46.02 of the Texas Penal Code requires that a gun be carried in a holster, but does not provide a definition of the word holster.

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