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Open Carry Laws effective January 1, 2016
Open Carry began on January 1, 2016.

“Open Carry is new, so we anticipate additional calls to the Police Department as the public gets used to the new laws,” Chief Chuck Hooker said. “As always, the police will respond to any call for service, but it’s important that residents and business owners understand the basics of the law and know the information that we need for a 9-1-1 call.”

Under the new laws, it is legal for someone with a handgun license to open carry a holstered handgun or concealed handgun into a business, except those with visible 30.06 and 30.07 signs (pictured) which explain the restriction of carrying on the premise. To restrict the carrying of long guns (shotguns, rifles, etc.) a third “No Firearms” sign is required.  For a list of locations where handgun license holders are restricted from carrying, go to Texas Dept. of Public Safety Open Carry Site.

When to call 9-1-1:
holsterCall 9-1-1 if someone has a gun out of a holster, if the holder appears intoxicated or is committing a crime. If a 9-1-1 call is placed, the police will ask if the person with the weapon is displaying it in a threatening manner or breaking the law. A threatening manner includes but is not limited to, having their hand on the trigger (even in the holster); holding the weapon out of the holster, or pointing the weapon at anyone. The person holding a weapon is violating the law if they are intoxicated, committing a crime, or bringing a gun into a private business where the required legal signs are posted indicating guns are prohibited.  On January 1, seeing someone with a weapon is not a reason to call the police, but please do so if you feel threatened. 

Pflugerville Police officers are trained on the new laws and can request to see a gun owner’s license under certain circumstances. 

With the new law there is no longer the need for a concealed handgun license; it is now a handgun license.  No license is needed to carry a rifle or long gun.  You do not need a handgun license to have a handgun in a car or watercraft as long as it is concealed.  Businesses may post signage prohibiting open or concealed carry. 

Before you carry a weapon, please make sure you understand the law.

For more information: Pflugerville ISD Open Carry PowerPoint

This article is intended as a general tool for understanding the Open Carry Laws and is not intended to serve as all-inclusive definition of the law or as legal advice. For additional specifics on the Open Carry Law visit the Texas Department of Public Safety Open Carry rules.