Cities and Firearms (Legal Q&A)
During the 2015 Legislative Session, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 910 and Senate Bill 11. House Bill 910 allows a license holder to “open carry” a handgun in a holster beginning on January 1, 2016, and S.B. 11 allows a license holder to, with exceptions, carry a concealed handgun on a college campus beginning on August 1, 2016. That legislation, combined with more frequent rallies and gatherings dedicated to the open carry of rifles, has led to confusion about the law in Texas. This Q&A will address state law and municipal authority over the regulation of “firearms” (e.g., rifles, shotguns, and handguns) in Texas.
Click HERE to view the Q&A submitted by Scott Houston, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Texas Municipal League