Open Carrying in Texas

Posted on January 1, 2012

Texas prohibits the open carrying of handguns, whether loaded or unloaded, on or about the person.1 This rule does not apply to, inter alia, certain security officers, to most persons on their own premises or premises under their control, or to persons who are engaging in (including going to or from) a lawful hunting or sporting activity.2 Individuals in motor vehicles are also generally prohibited from carrying a handgun in plain view in Texas, although individuals who are “traveling” are exempt from this prohibition.3

Texas also prohibits a concealed handgun licensee from intentionally failing to conceal a handgun which is carried on or about his or her person.4

The open carrying of long guns is generally allowed in Texas. However, Texas law prohibits the display of a firearm in a public place in a “manner calculated to alarm.”5

  1. Tex. Penal Code § 46.02. []
  2. Tex. Penal Code § 46.15. []
  3. Tex. Penal Code §§ 46.02(a-1), 46.15(b)(2). []
  4. Tex. Penal Code § 46.035(a). []
  5. Tex. Penal Code § 42.01(a)(8). []