Open Carry Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I open carry?
For the most part, any place you could previously carry concealed, you may now carry openly

Where can I NOT open carry?
Any place that is prohibited under the concealed handgun law applies to open carry.

Who can ask to see my license to carry?
You must present your Handgun License when requested by a peace officer or magistrate.

What weapons are not allowed to open carry?
Any weapon prohibited by law (Texas Penal Code, Prohibited Weapons)

Do public schools have to post “no carry” signs or is it just understood they are a “no carry” zone?
No signage is required. A law already exists that prohibits weapons on school premises (Texas Penal Code, Places Weapons Prohibited).

What should a citizen do if a business tells them they cannot have their gun exposed but don’t have the prohibited sign posted?
Any time a License Holder is asked to leave property by a person with apparent authority to do so, the License Holder should leave the premises.

Can you please detail the limitations on where open carry is allowed and not, specifically on college campuses?
License holders must carry concealed while on an institution of higher education. The institution may prohibit firearms on certain premises on campus, and these areas must have signs posted in accordance with 30.06 Penal Code

Will a drop down holster, attached to a belt, be considered a proper open carry holster?
Yes

Is there a limit to the number of firearms you can carry?
The law does not specify limitations on the number of handguns.

If you don’t have a license, and hand gun is in car it MUST be concealed; if it’s in open w/no license its still illegal.
Yes, the gun must be concealed if the person is not licensed.

How have police officers been trained on the open carry law?
Round Rock officers and dispatchers have attended open carry presentations and discussions led by department trainers, along with scenario based training.

How have communications dispatchers been trained on the open carry law?
Dispatchers received the same training presentation, and also training on procedures how to receive and dispatch an open carry type call for service.

Can private businesses opt-out of open carry?
Yes, by appropriate signage (30.07)

Can City employees open carry on the job?
No. City policy forbids employees from carrying a weapon except police officers.

What is campus carry?
It’s a separate law going in effect Aug. 1, 2016, that allows concealed carry on campuses as prescribed by the law.

Does this change the law for open carrying of longarms and black powder guns?
No

Would a person have to conceal a weapon if they are dropping off a child at a Round Rock ISD school or facility? Not actually entering the premise, such as in the vehicle drop off line.
Weapons to include open or concealed handguns are prohibited on the school grounds where a school activity is being conducted. This does not include public or private driveways, streets, sidewalks and parking areas.

Can a paddle holster be used in open carry or does it have to be attached to a belt?
The law specifies a shoulder or belt holster.  A paddle holster should meet this requirement if it is worn with a belt.

If I currently have a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL), will DPS issue me a new License to Carry Handgun (LTC) when HB 910 (open carry) becomes effective?
No. Individuals who hold a valid CHL may continue to carry with a valid existing license. A separate or new license will not be required to carry openly when HB 910 becomes effective.

Reminder: HB 910 related to open carry becomes effective Jan. 1, 2016. Issuance of the LTC prior to the effective date does not provide authority for license holders to carry openly before the effective date of the new law. House Bill 910 states the weapon has to be carried on a belt or in a shoulder type holster.

Find out more information on Handgun Licensing in Texas from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The Williamson County Attorney’s Office has provided additional information and resources on Open Carry.