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Knives and Open Carry

With an apparent rising tide of anti-self-defense sentiment, personal responsibility is making a comeback. On September 1, 2015 a new law affecting the way Texans carry knives will take effect. The Texas legislature is known for not meeting often, and many Texans joke it’s to keep politicians from causing too much damage. HB 905 is a short bill, but its effects are widespread and let local governments know they no longer get to have their own say on what constitutes an “illegal knife.”

For far too long people traveling from Austin to San Antonio, or Houston to Corpus Christi have been second guessing their everyday carry blade in hopes they weren’t breaking the law. Well, at least they should have been. Many unsuspecting tourists including those from out of state have been subject to different local ordinances regarding the legality of their knives, but that is all coming to an end.

Another way Texans are taking back their rights are through HB 910 and SB 11. After a long fought battle for constitutional rights and civil liberties, Texans that chose to and are legal licensed to will be able to open carry and conceal carry. Starting January 1, 2016 Texas will allow open carry for those that are either licensed with a Texas handgun license or those that have state reciprocity. Open carry will apply almost everywhere citizens are currently allowed to conceal carry.

51% signs will still apply to open carry, but 30.06 signs will not. If a business want’s to prohibit open carry it will need to display a 30.07 sign instead. If a business wishes to keep both modes of carry off their premises they will need to post both 30.06 and 30.07. In order to provide proper notice the signs will still need to be placed at the entrance in clear view to those that enter. In the event that a license holder ignores a 30.06 or a 30.07 sign the offense will be a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $200, as opposed to the current class A. The offense will rise to be a class A if personal oral notice is given and ignored.

One place open carry will not be allowed that conceal carry will be allowed will be Texas College campuses, both public and private. Effective August 1, 2016 license holders will be able to carry concealed on private and public universities, but will need to wait till August 1, 2017 for community colleges.  Under the new legislation, college campuses will be allowed to “establish rules, regulations, or other provisions concerning the storage of handguns in dormitories or other residential facilities” on campus. Public institutions will not be able to place general prohibitions on campus but may restrict rights in specific instances and locations, after consulting with students, staff, and faculty of the institution. If the institution does create any building specific bans for conceal carry it will need to give effective notice under 30.06.

As always, more guns equal less crime. Go out and buy yourself a gun.

 

Written by: Michael Cargill, Owner of Central Texas Gun Works

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