Law ef­fec­tive in Jan­uary

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car­ry­ing a con­cealed hand­gun also will pre­vent the open-carry of hand­guns in places such as bars, large sport­ing events, on school grounds or in court­houses. Pri­vate busi­nesses that don’t want gun own­ers car­ry­ing hand­guns in­side of their es­tab­lish­ments can post no­tice out­side their es­tab­lish­ments.

Be­cause firearms are not re­quired to be reg­is­tered in Texas, it’s dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine how many guns are owned in the state. A study pub­lished this sum­mer in the med­i­cal jour­nal In­jury Preven­tion es­ti­mated Texas gun own­er­ship at 35.7 per­cent. The Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety re­ported that as of De­cem­ber, there were 825,957 ac­tive con­cealed carry li­censes in the state.

The po­ten­tial for so many Tex­ans to openly carry hand­guns has prompted a flurry of ac­tiv­ity among de­part­ments, par­tic­u­larly in large ci­ties, as agen­cies work to ed­u­cate their of­fi­cers as well as the pub­lic.

In Hous­ton, po­lice will host a pub­lic fo­rum Nov. 4 to an­swer res­i­dents’ ques­tions about the law.

“Hous­ton and Dal­las will be the largest ci­ties in the United States that al­low open carry of a hand­gun,” Hous­ton Po­lice Chief Charles McClel­land Jr. said in a me­dia brief­ing this month. “So it’s go­ing to take some ad­just­ments for all of us.”

Emily Tay­lor, an in­de­pen­dent pro­gram lawyer with the firearms le­gal de­fense pro­gram Texas Law Shield, said she has con­ducted more than 40 train­ings for law

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