On Jan. 1, Texas becomes the 45th state to allow licensed citizens to carry handguns openly in public.
After that date, individuals will be eligible to apply for a license to openly carry firearms on their person. Previously, licenses could only be obtained to carry a concealed weapon.
State law allows residents age 21 and older, as well as those on active military duty, to obtain a license after undergoing a background check, taking classes and passing the written and hands-on test.
According to the Department of Public Safety under the new legislation, only those with this license to carry are allowed to “openly” carry a holstered handgun with some exceptions.
What used to be called a concealed handgun license is now known as a license to carry and is required to carry a handgun both openly and concealed. The same license authorizes both. Read the full story in the weekend News.