Lawmaker's sights set on making Texas an open-carry state for handguns
Wayne Slater, The Dallas Morning News
Published: 24 November 2012 10:33 PM
.....The Legislature passed a law in 1995 allowing Texans to carry handguns concealed under coats, in purses, or in glove compartments. But it’s still against the law to carry pistols where people can see them.
Rep. George Lavender, a Texarkana Republican, wants to change that. When the Legislature convenes in January, he says, he will push for an “open carry” law.
.....Like his 2011 bill, the one he plans to introduce in the upcoming session would allow businesses and private property owners to post signs prohibiting firearms, he said. The current concealed-weapon law contains a similar provision.
.....“I believe officers have accepted the carry permit, and they believe it works and is functional,” he said.
“Open carry introduces something unknown to law enforcement............”
......Wilkison said, police agencies will need new training programs to guide an officer’s conduct when he or she encounters someone wearing a pistol.
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