"Open Carry" is the name of the organization, but fundamentally, we believe in "Constitutional Carry." The Second Amendment to the U.S. constitution states, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." We believe laws restricting how firearms are are kept or carried is an infringement to this right. Hundreds of thousands of Texans carry concealed, (with an expensive license) but it is currently illegal to openly carry a modern handgun in Texas. The next step towards constitutional carry is legalizing the open carry of sidearms. If you can legally own a gun, you should be able to carry it openly or concealed.
"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private
self defense." - John Adams
Open Carry Texas (OCT) is...
A registered non-profit organization dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms openly in the state of Texas in accordance with the United States and Texas Constitutions and any applicable laws.
Our purpose is to:
1 Educate all Texans about their right to carry in the State of Texas;
2 Condition Texans to feel safe around law-abiding citizens that choose to carry;
3 Pressure elected officials to repeal restrictive and unconstitutional gun legislation;
4 Foster a cooperative relationship with local law enforcement in the furtherance of these goals with an eye towards preventing negative encounters, while defending our rights.
Open Carry Texas (OCT) is a non-profit, 501(c)4 organization dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms openly in the state of Texas in accordance with the United States and Texas constitutions and other applicable laws. Donations are not tax deductible.