House Bill 910 allowing for an properly concealed license holder to carry a handgun to in plain view in a public place if the handgun is carried in a shoulder or belt holster was passed and signed by the Governor this year. The legislation takes effect January 1, 2016.
So how does this affect your business?
While is it legal for a properly licensed person to open carry in public places, private business owners may prohibit carry on their premises under Penal Code 30.07 if:
- Consent is not effectively given; and
- Notice (oral or written) is given that entry on the property by a license holder openly carrying a handgun was forbidden.
What about alcoholic beverage establishments operating under TABC law regarding alcohol income over 50%? That does not change and the proper TABC require signage is still required (signs may be obtained at any TABC office). A firearm license holder that carries a handgun, either concealed or openly, commits an offense if he/she carries the handgun on the premises of a business that has a TABC permit or license and earns greater than 50% of their income from alcohol sales.
What about notice for private retail businesses or food service establishments that do not sell over 50% alcohol and what to prohibit open carry? The safest bet is to post proper notice in English and Spanish, contrasting color letters in 1 inch height, front and center with this exact language:
“Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly”
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