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How Will Open Carry Affect Residents, Businesses and Law Enforcement?

Open carry is now officially legal in Texas. The new law, which took effect Jan. 1, allows licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But, there are some limitations concerningwhere open carry is allowed — as well as some concerns about how it’ll play out. We discuss the nuances of […]

Open carry is now officially legal in Texas. The new law, which took effect Jan. 1, allows licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But, there are some limitations concerningwhere open carry is allowed — as well as some concerns about how it'll play out.

We discuss the nuances of open carry and how it'll impact Houston residents, business owners and law enforcement withDr. Melissa Hamilton, visiting criminal law scholar at the University of Houston Law Center.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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