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What the new Texas ‘open carry’ law means for employers

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by Stephen J. Quezada, Esq., Ogletree Deakins, Houston

In March, the Texas Senate passed legislation (S.B. 17) allowing holders of concealed handgun licenses to carry holstered handguns in plain view. In April, the Texas House of Representatives passed H.B. 910, its version of the “open carry” law.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a final version of the open carry law on June 13, as he had promised to do via Twitter.

His social media blast stated, “Open Carry just passed in both the Texas House & Senate. Next destination: My Pen.”

At the signing ceremony, Abbott said, “Today I am proud to expand liberty in the Lone Star State. By signing these bills into law, Texans can be assured that their Second Amendment rights will be stronger and more secure than ever before.”

Now that Abbott has signed the open carry law, it is set to go into effect on Sept. 1, 2015.

At that point, Texas will become the 45th state to permit open carry.

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