January 1, 2016, Texans will be able to legally carry their handguns in a holster openly anywhere they could carry concealed in accordance with House Bill 910. Individuals who obtain a License to Carry (LTC) or have a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) will be able to carry their weapon in plain view, when properly secured in a belt or shoulder holster.
The Lubbock Police Department has trained all 911 call takers on the new laws and regulations to ensure they are able to answer concerned citizen’s questions. Lubbock Police Officers have also received training on the new laws so they will be aware of what is legal and what a violation is under the new open carry law.
The Lubbock Police Department wants to encourage all residents to understand the new law and know when to call 911. Citizens are urged to call 911 only when encountering a person who is in clear violation of House Bill 910. Violations can include:
1. The removal of the gun from a secured holster
2. When a gun holder seems intoxicated or;
3. When the gun holder is obviously committing a crime or acting in a reckless manner
This new law does not mean LTC holders will be able to openly carry anywhere. For more information please visit the Texas Department of Public Safety.