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City of Dallas prepares for new open carry laws

Special to The Dallas Examiner | 12/26/2015, 8:37 p.m.
Starting New Year’s Day, Texans will be able to legally carry their handguns in a holster openly anywhere they could ...
Sen. Royce West, D- Dallas, center, raises two fingers signaling a no vote during the final vote of Bill 17, open carry, March 17, at the state Capitol in Austin, in which the Texas Senate gave its final approval to licensed open carry of handguns in the state, sending the measure to the House. Open carry has been resisted by law enforcement groups, but sailed through the Senate on a 20-10 vote. Rodolfo Gonzalez of the Austin American-Statesman

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Starting New Year’s Day, Texans will be able to legally carry their handguns in a holster openly anywhere they could carry concealed handguns in accordance with House Bill 910. Individuals who obtain a License to Carry or have a valid concealed handgun license will be able to carry their weapon in plain view, when properly secured in a belt or shoulder holster.

The city of Dallas has trained 311 and 911 call takers on the new laws and regulations to ensure they are able to answer concerned citizen’s questions. Dallas Police Department has trained police officers on the new laws so that they are aware of what is legal and what is a violation under the new open carry law.

Citizens are urged to call 911 only when encountering a person who is in clear violation of House Bill 910. Violations can include the removal of the gun from a secured holster, when a gun holder seems intoxicated, and when the gun holder is committing a crime or acting in a reckless or suspicious manner.

This new law doesn’t mean LTC holders will be able to openly carry anywhere. Holders are prohibited from carrying in certain locations such as worship centers, amusement parks and governmental meetings subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act. Handguns will not be allowed at high school, collegiate or professional sporting events or interscholastic events at the Dallas Convention Center and the Cotton Bowl.

For more information on the new law, visit http://www.dallascitynews.net/opencarry to watch an educational PSA and review the frequently asked questions.