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    New Texas Law Allows Open Carrying of Guns

    New Texas Law Allows Open Carrying of Gunsi
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    Greg Flakus
    February 03, 2016 1:46 AM
    At the start of the new year, a law took effect in Texas that allows a gun owner with a concealed weapon license to openly carry a handgun in a holster in public. Some stores and restaurants are exercising their right to ban guns on their property, but at least one business owner is encouraging customers to bring their guns. VOA's Greg Flakus reports.
    New Texas Law Allows Open Carrying of Guns

    At the start of the new year, a law took effect in Texas that allows a gun owner with a concealed-weapon license to openly carry a handgun in a holster in public.

    Some stores and restaurants are exercising their right to ban guns on their property, but at least one Houston-area business owner is encouraging customers to pack heat.

    Customers come to Brooks’ Place for the smoked brisket, but they pay 10 percent less if they bring a gun.

    Law-abiding gun owners

    Owner Trent Brooks believes law-abiding gun owners help prevent crime.

    “We support the Second Amendment" — which relates to the right to keep and bear arms — "and we want to show appreciation to people who are carrying their firearms to protect themselves, to protect their business and to protect their family,” he said.

    FILE - Kayla Brown, left, wears her gun on her hip while working at the Spring Guns and Ammo store in Spring, Texas, JAN. 4, 2016.
    FILE - Kayla Brown, left, wears her gun on her hip while working at the Spring Guns and Ammo store in Spring, Texas, JAN. 4, 2016.

    Brooks said most customers have no problem with his policy.  But some have told him the guns give them heartburn.

    “We have people who say they are not coming back, we have people who say they are not going to support us, and that is their choice,” he said.

    But most customers don’t wear guns and don’t get the discount, even some who often do carry a weapon.

    “I did not have it today because I was at my parents’ house and there were lots of little kids around there, so I didn’t want to carry it there,” customer Augustin Sanchez said during a recent stop at Brooks' Place.

    When asked how often he does carry the weapon, Sanchez replied, "Ah, most of the time.”

    Increase in bans

    Gun-rights supporters have held rallies with their firearms to celebrate the new law, but many gun owners say it has resulted in more gun bans on private property.

    Some businesses have posted legal notices to bar guns, while others, like the Kroger grocery chain, have not.

    FILE - David Foley, center, looks as a handgun while shopping at the Spring Guns and Ammo store, Jan. 4, 2016, in Spring, Texas.
    FILE - David Foley, center, looks as a handgun while shopping at the Spring Guns and Ammo store, Jan. 4, 2016, in Spring, Texas.

    Many customers say they don’t want to see a gun in the fresh produce section.

    One shopper named Mandy said she didn't object to concealed weapons, "but if I were to see it or they were to walk around with it, I probably would be a little bothered. I would not feel comfortable with my kids being around it.”

    Moms group

    The Texas chapter of a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America wants Kroger and other businesses that allow guns to change their policy.  

    Only 3½ percent of the estimated 27 million people in Texas have handgun permits, so most Texans will probably never see anyone other than a police officer wearing a gun. But there may be a larger public reaction in August when the provision allowing open carrying of guns at state colleges and universities takes effect.

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    by: Anonymous
    February 12, 2016 5:32 PM
    Open gun carry and drive through liquor stores. Brilliant. What will these idiots allow tomorrow?

    by: Marcus
    February 07, 2016 8:07 AM
    All Texas businesses should ban open carry, as only 4% of Texas residents have concealed carry permits. Thus, impact to businesses who ban guns will be negligible.

    by: Cory from: United States
    February 03, 2016 1:53 PM
    I know research is difficult for journalists to do, but there will be no open carry allowed on college campuses in August. The Campus Carry Law will only allow concealed carry on campus, in buildings not designated by the college as prohibited areas, and only by Texas LTC holders. I realize that everything is so confusing for people and especially when they hide all of the information in places like public records listed on the Texas Legislature web site. It would really be refreshing if "journalists" would take a few minutes before rushing their piece for submission to read. I also suppose editors can't be bothered by such silliness as fact checking.
    In Response

    by: Janine
    February 07, 2016 10:48 AM
    just came here to say the same thing...
    Yes, thank you for pointing out that campus carry is not open carry.

    by: Anonymous
    February 03, 2016 12:43 PM
    Law was passed Jan 1
    Your a little bit behind.

    by: Rich G
    February 03, 2016 12:42 PM
    Lawless past January one you're a little bit behind

    by: meanbill from: USA
    February 02, 2016 11:26 PM
    A Wise Man said; "What difference does it make" if a legal conceal carry gun owner caries his gun in a concealed holster or in a holster in plain sight? .. In olden days long past, people carried guns everywhere to protect themselves and their families, [until the law protected them from the violent criminals with laws and corporal punishment, [but now], the police and the laws can't protect them anymore from the violent gangbangers and violent criminals with illegal guns, and when they catch them after they kill, they won't punish them with long prison terms or corporal punishment?

    The violent gangbanger and violent criminal killings won't disappear with stricter gun laws? .. Think about it? .. If they banned all the legal guns, the country would still be flooded with illegal guns and the violent gangbangers and violent criminals will still be killing their victims with them? .. Instead of getting the guns off the streets, (common sense would dictate), that they get the violent gangbangers and violent criminals off the streets instead? .. In olden days, (until the late 1960s), putting the violent gangbangers and violent criminals away and executing them controlled most the killings, [but now], a lot of the people for their own reasons ignorantly blame the guns?

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