Transportation

Transit Agency Drafts Guidelines On Open Carry

Metro is currently holding training sessions for employees concerning the new law.

Texans with a handgun license can start carrying weapons in holsters starting on January 1. But that doesn’t mean you can bring a gun wherever you want.

Metro Police Chief Vera Bumpers says you can bring a holstered gun into the transit agency’s downtown headquarters if you’re there to buy a bus pass or attend a private meeting.

But if you’re going to a meeting in the board room, you can’t bring it in, because there’s already a policy that bars weapons.

“If someone who goes through the magnetometer is open carrying and a license holder, we have gun lockers to secure their weapon while they’re attending the board meeting,” says Bumpers

And what if someone gets on a bus with a gun in a holster?

Bumpers says it’s not up to drivers to ask if the owner has a permit.

“Only a police officer can ask,” explains Bumpers. “We’re educating operators and we’re telling them to call if it looks suspicious. They cannot ask.”

Bumpers says they’re currently holding training sessions with drivers and supervisors on how to deal with riders who openly carry handguns.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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