"We may brave human laws, but cannot resist natural ones." - Jules Verne
Unfortunately Texas is not as gun-friendly as most people think.
As of January 1, 2016, Texas moved an inch closer to the constitutional principles both the state and nation were founded upon. While we were successful in getting licensed open carry passed, our ultimate goal will always be constitutional carry - if you can legally own and purchase a gun, you should be able to legally carry that gun without begging for government permission in the form of a license and 2nd Amendment tax.
As we fight for constitutional carry, and seek to reduce government regulation related to the wearing and bearing of arms, we must first educate Texans about current gun and weapons related laws.
Texas Constitution Article I, Section 23
Right to Keep & Bear Arms
Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the defense of himself or the State; but the legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.
Penal Code Sec. 30.06 - Lays out signage requirements to ban concealed carry on premises.
Penal Code Sec. 30.07 - Lays out signage requirements to ban open carry on premises.
Penal Code Sec. 38.02(a) - Requirement to ID
Penal Code Sec. 42.01(a)(8) - Disorderly conduct.
Penal Code Sec. 46.01 - Definition of a firearm
Penal Code Sec. 46.02 - Unlawful carrying of weapons
Penal Code Sec. 46.03 - Places firearms are prohibited
Penal Code Sec. 46.035 - Unlawful carrying of a handgun by a license holder
Penal Code Sec. 46.05 - Prohibited weapons
Government Code Sec. 411.172. Eligibility to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun.
Government Code Sec. 411.205 - Requirement to display license
Government Code Sec. 411.207 - Authority of a peace officer to disarm
Penal Code Sec. 9.31 - Self defense
Penal Code Sec. 9.32 - Deadly force in defense of person
Penal Code Sec. 9.33 - Defense of a third person
Penal Code Sec. 9.34 - Protection of life or death
Penal Code Sec. 9.41 - Protection of one's own property
Penal Code Sec. 9.42 - Deadly force to protect property
Penal Code Sec. 9.43 - Protection of a third person's property
Alcoholic Beverage Code Sec. 61.71(f). Retail dealer for carrying firearm onto TABC licensee premises
Labor Code 52.061 - Restrictions on employers prohibiting employee access to or storage of firearm or ammunition.
A public or private employer may not prohibit an employee who holds a license to carry a handgun under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code, who otherwise lawfully possesses a firearm, or who lawfully possesses ammunition from transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition the employee is authorized by law to possess in a locked, privately owned motor vehicle in a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area the employer provides for employees."
Education Code Sec. 37.125. Exhibition of firearms on school property.
Local Government Code Sec. 229.001. State preemption of firearms against municipality ordinances
Local Government Code Sec. 236.002. State preemption of firearms against county laws
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.