Today’s question: How can you legally carry a handgun in Texas openly and concealed? What is the new holster law? Can you conceal carry a handgun? Can you open carry without a license? How must your gun be carried? The Armed Attorneys break down Texas’s new handgun holster law.
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Today we’re going to talk about how to legally carry a handgun in the state of Texas and i think we start that discussion with who is qualified to carry a handgun in public … for purposes of this video we’re talking about license holders and constitutional carriers so how can we legally carry let’s talk about the two legal methods here in Texas you want to kick us off yeah so first of all you can legally carry your handgun openly however it has to be in a holster and that’s it that’s the only requirement we don’t define what kind of holster now if you have been carrying in Texas for a couple years you might think that’s untrue it has to be in a shoulder a belt holster but actually that law was revised in 2021 we struck all references to shoulder and belt in Texas law so now if that handgun is partially or wholly visible it just must be holstered make sure it is a commercially available holster … possible whether that’s your belt holster your shoulder holster your belly band your ankle holster pilot holster your the list goes on and on your imagination can go wild there’s a lot of different holsters … what about unintentional display let’s say you’re at the grocery store and you reach up too high and your shirt exposes your handgun and your waistband that’s not really what we’re talking about we’re talking about intentionally displaying your handgun … the other option that we have is concealed … so long as no part of the handgun is visible based on ordinary observation you can carry it so think glove box center console pocket jacket backpack uh under your shirt you know there’s a as long as it’s yeah briefcase … there’s really no special way that you have to carry concealed now the other thing that this raises is vehicle carry because prior to you know September 1st 2021 if you openly carried in a vehicle that had to be carried in a belt or shoulder holster but now that Emily you know has described those words are gone those don’t exist in law anymore so talk to talk us through some vehicle carry now yeah so vehicle carry has gotten a little bit easier and a couple of the frequently asked questions we get about vehicle carry are um can i have you know let’s say an under dash mounted holster now i’m not talking about one of those magnets you see that’s not really a holster it’s just a magnet that holds your gun there we’re talking about the ones that actually have a mechanism to cover the trigger um a legitimate holster and the answer now as of September 1st of 2021 is that’s completely acceptable it is a holster it is on or about your person it is completely lawful to have it in a dash mounted holster also people call in all the time and say you know i want to take my paddle holster off put it on the seat next to me that’s fine the weapon is holstered it is on or about your person so vehicle carry just got a lot easier yeah and as Emily said if holster’s not defined but i would use use your common sense you know when i think holster think sword to sheath uh holster is to handgun something that encloses it you have to perform some action before it would be readily dischargeable so as she said those those i’ve seen them on Facebook ads where the person has the magnet and they rack it and they engage in road rage probably not legal in the state of texas…
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