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Texas Attorney General Issues Opinions on New Texas Open Carry and Campus Carry Gun Laws

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued four advisory opinions regarding the new Texas open carry and campus carry laws.

Texas Attorney General’s Texas Open Carry and Campus Carry Laws Advisory Opinions

Texas Open Carry LawsCities and counties may violate SB 273 if they post signs prohibiting firearms (30.06 signs), or otherwise prohibit concealed carry in local administrative complexes, other than courtrooms or offices deemed to be essential to operations of a court.  Violation s of SB 273 may be remedied by the imposition of civil fines against offending governmental bodies and agencies. So, technically if city hall has everything in one building only the actual courtroom of offices used by the court are off limits. So, if a county had a three story building. The third floor was all the courtrooms and offices, you’d be fine on the first and second floor. (Yes, we could split hairs about the hallway on the third floor but do we really need too…) This opinion is specific to concealed carry and 30.06. However, open carry cannot be restricted by use of 30.07 by state and local governmental entities. Logic would dictate that the same will apply to open carry on 1/1/16.

Texas courts would likely hold that a public college or university exceeded its authority under SB 11 if it banned concealed carry in classrooms or allowed professors to prohibit carrying in their individual classrooms, and that a ban on the possession of handguns by licensees in campus residential facilities would likely violate the provisions of SB 11 because such bans would have the effect of prohibiting campus carry for residents of those facilities. So it’s not going to be as easy to prohibit license holders on public universities or colleges due to this opinion. Remember private universities and colleges can prohibit carry anywhere on campus including parking lots because it is private property. There is no open carry on universities or colleges at all!

You can carry open on public school property (Independent School Districts) parking lots, sidewalks, driveways and streets on the public school property is just like carrying concealed. NOT IN THE BUILDINGS! Licensees could violate the Penal Code if they carry handguns openly or concealed about their person on the grounds where a school-sponsored activity is taking place, including areas such as streets, parking lots and sidewalks that are otherwise excluded from the definition of “premises.” We have always promoted leaving your handgun in the car in the parking lot to avoid possible complications. Your choice, if you get prosecuted for being too close to the band practice it is a felony, serious stuff…

The full text of the Texas Attorney General opinions can be downloaded here:

Opinion No. KP-0047

 Opinion No. KP-0049

Opinion No. KP-0050

Opinion No. KP-0051
The Attorney General’s opinions do not have the force of law. However, courts often consider such opinions to be persuasive when interpreting a law.

A full list of the 2015/16 LTC updates can be found on our FAQ page.

Texas Concealed Carry Institute has been providing Texas License to Carry (LTC) training for residents of McKinney, TX and other Collin County cities, including Allen, Plano, and Frisco since 1995.  Our instructors are active duty police officers, licensed by the State of Texas as Police Firearms Instructors and License To Carry Instructors. They are also certified in several disciplines of self-defense, as police instructors, such as defensive tactics, pepper spray and impact weapons.

Texas License to Carry (LTC) Questions And Answers

Open carry started January 1, 2016 in Texas and the Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) is now known as the Texas License to Carry (LTC). Texas Concealed Carry Institute compiled questions and answers to help explain Texas License to Carry. Will licensees be required to take additional training to obtain a new license, one that… Continue Reading

Don’t let “Gun plumbers” alter your guns. If you do, you’re asking for trouble.

One of my biggest concerns involves people who alter their gun from manufacture specifications. Years ago, a lot of competition shooters would alter their Glock trigger by removing the inertia safety. The inertia trigger safety is what makes the Glock trigger look like there’s two triggers. Some folks would drill out the small pin that… Continue Reading

It’s No Accident.  It’s Negligent Gun Discharge. Learn Gun Safety.

It’s No Accident. It’s Negligent Gun Discharge. Learn Gun Safety.

Over the years, I’ve had people tell me about their “Accidental gun discharge.” Hmm…is there really such a thing as an accidental discharge? Not usually. The truth is, if a gun goes off when the handler didn’t mean for it to fire, it was a negligent discharge. What does that mean? Well, it simply means… Continue Reading

Why Is The Class 10 Hours?

Many years ago when the CHL was being debated, one of the biggest concerns was safety.  As always, detractors use safety as a way to complicate a guaranteed Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms”.  So the State requires specific areas be taught and a minimum of 10 hours and no more than 15… Continue Reading

Recommend Concealed Carry Guns

The following is a list of guns that I personally like for a concealed carry option. I do not represent any of these companies, nor do I make any claim that these products are the only options available, nor any guaranty implied or otherwise. There are many quality firearms available for personal defense. This is… Continue Reading

Your Employer & Your CHL Rights

Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders enjoy some of the least restrictive carry laws in the nation.  In Texas your employer has the right to restrict your carrying of a handgun at work even though you have a CHL.  It has been that way since the inception of the law in 1995.  Let’s take a… Continue Reading