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Controversial Gun Law Might Come To Texas

A bill that would overturn the state’s ban on the open carry of guns is poised to clear the Texas Legislature.

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Texas is just one of several states that does not allow license holders to wear guns holstered or otherwise visible.

Edwin Walker is an attorney for Texas Law Shield, a legal services company for Texas gun owners. He says three conditions must be met:

“First of all, you have to be a license holder. So, if you don’t have a concealed handgun license, you can’t open carry. Second of all, it can only be carried in a holster, either a belt holster or shoulder holster. And thirdly, look at your calendar, and if it’s not January 1st, 2016 or later, you can’t open carry. That’s when the two laws are set to go into effect,” said Walker.

If approved, the law would come despite the protests by many law enforcement officials, who say it could endanger both police officers and citizens. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia is one. He told lawmakers this year that the measure could put a strain on resources used to protect citizens.

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A technical error delayed discussion on HB 910. It’s now being corrected by the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, and will be back on the floor on Friday.

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