New Open Carry Legislation

Open Carry Legislation

Beginning January 1, 2016, House Bill 910 will allow a person with a current concealed handgun license, or a person who obtains the new "license to carry a handgun," to carry a handgun in a concealed manner or openly in a belt or shoulder holster.

The League City Police Department recognizes that there are concerns from both CHL holders and other citizens about how the new legislation will effect their interactions with and responses from law enforcement. With the sole intention of creating an opportunity to usher in the new legislation successfully, we have created this page as a way to educate our citizens on the new legislation. The list of "Frequently Asked Questions" was created after we hosted an Open Carry Information meeting, December 15. Attendees were able to ask questions of League City Police Chief Michael W. Kramm, Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady, and City Attorney for the City of League City Nghiem Doan.

Helpful Links

Texas House Bill 910 allows a license holder to "open carry" a handgun in a holster beginning January 1, 2016.
Texas Senate Bill 11 allows a license holder to, with exceptions, carry a concealed handgun on a college campus beginning on August 1, 2016.
Memorandum From the Office of Governor Abbott
Legal Q and A with the TML Deputy Executive Director
TML "Cities and Firearms"
A Citizen's Guide to Licensed Handgun Carry and City Facilities
General Overview of Private Texas Citizen Firearm Carry Laws (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is there a specific type of holster required?
Answer: The law only identifies the holster as a belt or shoulder holster. Retention level is not addressed. Responsible gun owners should be aware at all times of who may have access to their holstered weapons and make decisions about what activities they should engage in while carrying a firearm in a holster that doesn't provide any retention.

Question: How can I, as a responsible gun owner, ensure both the officer's and my own safety during an encounter.
Answer: The short answer is good communication. Waiting for the officer to tell you to retrieve your identification and then explaining where the identification is kept prior to reaching for it will ensure that both parties are working together to ease scene tension. Keeping your identification on the opposite side of where your holstered gun is located is also helpful. We would never recommend you keep your identification on your holster.

Question: When should a citizen report a "man with a gun"? How are we supposed to know whether they are a danger or someone legally carrying a gun?
Answer: There is going to be a transition for everyone on what will be the new "normal." With every situation, it is important that you assess the entire situation and the actions of the individual. What seems suspicious to you, may not be for someone else. We rely on our citizens to know what is out of place in their day-to-day activities and then report it. Calling the non-emergency number 281-332-2566 or 911 to report activities will always get an officer to respond. Please understand that when the officer responds, the time spent with the armed subject will be brief if it is determined that no violation has occurred.

Question: Where should I secure my gun if I am entering a location that doesn't allow me to carry?
Answer: Responsible gun ownership bears responsible planning for this. If you know that you are going to a place that doesn't allow you to carry, determining how to secure your gun should occur prior to your arrival. Leaving guns in unattended vehicles provides opportunities for guns to fall into criminal hands.

Question: Does carrying a gun openly or concealed give me any additional powers?
Answer: No. Carrying a gun is a weighty responsibility, but it comes with no additional powers or duty to act. We recommend gun owners train frequently and mentally practice different scenarios that they may encounter.

Question: Do business owners have the right to request identification or CHL from patrons?
Answer: No. However, you do have the right to ask anyone to leave your property. We suggest you establish procedures with your staff as soon as possible.