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As of January 1, 2016, the House Bill 910, known as “Open Carry” goes into effect. House Bill 910 can be viewed here:
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/pdf/HB00910F.pdf#navpanes=0

Texas statutes pertaining to the carrying of weapons, violations for unlawful carrying and where prohibited:
TX Penal Code 30.06– Trespass by Holder of License to Carry Concealed Handgun:http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.30.htm#30.06

Tx Penal Code 30.07 – Trespass by License Holder with an Openly Carried Handgunhttp://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.30.htm#30.07

Tx Penal Code 46.02 – Unlawfully Carrying Weapon
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm#46.02

Tx Penal Code 46.03 – Places Weapons Prohibited
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm#46.03

Tx Penal Code 46.035– Unlawful Carrying of Handgun by License Holderhttp://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm#46.035

Laws concerning interaction with Law Enforcement for Licensed to Carry Holders:
TX Government Code 411.205 - Requirement to Display License to Law Enforcement:http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/GV/htm/GV.411.htm#411.205

TX Government Code 411.207 – Authority of Peace Officer to Disarm:http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/GV/htm/GV.411.htm#411.207

TX Government Code 411.209 – Wrongful Exclusion of Concealed Handgun License Holder:http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/GV/htm/GV.411.htm#411.209

Many of the law enforcement agencies who serve communities within Williamson County have provided FAQ’s for the public concerning the new Open Carry law. Additionally the Williamson County Attorney’s office participated with Round Rock Police Department and the Georgetown Police Department in a Community forum and fielded questions from the public. Links to the video from that forum and to the agencies, who have Open Carry info posted, are found below:
Williamson County Attorney logo Open Carry Community Forum on 12/21/15 discussing citizen’s questions. Video can be viewed here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxWrlY2RYlE

For information on Handgun Licensing, see Texas Department of Public Safety’s website:
http://dps.texas.gov/RSD/CHL/faqs/
http://www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/CHL/Legal/newlegislation.htm
What does a License to Carry license look like?
http://dps.texas.gov/RSD/CHL/documents/LTCsample.pdf
Austin PD:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4hRGnO1Abg
Georgetown PD FAQ’s (posted on GPD facebook account):https://www.facebook.com/GeorgetownTXPolice/posts/987451824633676
Leander PD:
https://www.leandertx.gov/police/page/texas-open-carry-faqs
Round Rock PD:
https://www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/police/open-carry-information/
Taylor PD:
http://www.ci.taylor.tx.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=932
CA Memo to Law Enforcement regarding Open Carry

The Texas Attorney General has recently issued some opinions regarding Open Carry questions:
Opinion – KP-0047 (Excluding handguns in Court Buildings):https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opinions/51paxton/op/2015/kp0047.pdf

Opinion – KP-0049 (Notice Prohibiting Handguns on Premises):
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opinions/51paxton/op/2015/kp0049.pdf

Opinion – KP-0050 (Open Carry):
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opinions/51paxton/op/2015/kp0050.pdf

Opinion – KP-0051 (Handguns on Campus):https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opinions/51paxton/op/2015/kp0051.pdf

** CAMPUS Carry does NOT take effect until August 2016**