News / USA

    New Texas Law Allows Open Carrying of Guns

    New Texas Law Allows Open Carrying of Gunsi
    X
    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.

    You May Like

    Escalation of Media Crackdown in Turkey Heightens Concerns

    Critics see 'a new dark age' as arrests of journalists, closures of media outlets by Erdogan government mount

    Russia Boasts of Troop Buildup on Flank, Draws Flak

    Russian military moves counter to efforts to de-escalate tensions, State Department says

    Video Iraqis Primed to March on Mosul, Foreign Minister Says

    Iraqi FM Ibrahim al-Jaafari tells VOA the campaign will meet optimistic expectations, even though US officials remain cautious

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    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?

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Immigrant Delegate Marvels at Democratic Processi
    X
    Katherine Gypson
    July 27, 2016 6:21 PM
    It’s been a bitter and divisive election season – but first time Indian-American delegate Dr. Shashi Gupta headed to the Democratic National Convention with a sense of hope. VOA’s Katherine Gypson followed this immigrant with the love of U.S. politics all the way to Philadelphia.
    Video

    Video Immigrant Delegate Marvels at Democratic Process

    It’s been a bitter and divisive election season – but first time Indian-American delegate Dr. Shashi Gupta headed to the Democratic National Convention with a sense of hope. VOA’s Katherine Gypson followed this immigrant with the love of U.S. politics all the way to Philadelphia.
    Video

    Video A Life of Fighting Back: Hillary Clinton Shatters Glass Ceiling

    Hillary Clinton made history Thursday, overcoming personal and political setbacks to become the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. If she wins in November, she will go from “first lady” to U.S. Senator from New York, to Secretary of State, to “Madam President.” Polls show Clinton is both beloved and despised. White House Correspondent Cindy Saine takes a look at the life of the woman both supporters and detractors agree is a fighter for the ages.
    Video

    Video Dutch Entrepreneurs Turn Rainwater Into Beer

    June has been recorded as one of the wettest months in more than a century in many parts of Europe. To a group of entrepreneurs in Amsterdam the rain came as a blessing, as they used the extra water to brew beer. Serginho Roosblad has more to the story.
    Video

    Video First Time Delegate’s First Day Frustrations

    With thousands of people filling the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, VOA’s Kane Farabaugh narrowed in on one delegate as she made her first trip to a national party convention. It was a day that was anything but routine for this United States military veteran.
    Video

    Video Commerce Thrives on US-Mexico Border

    At the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia this week, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, is expected to attack proposals made by her opponent, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Last Friday, President Barack Obama hosted his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto, to underscore the good relations between the two countries. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Tucson.
    Video

    Video Film Helps Save Ethiopian Children Thought to be Cursed

    'Omo Child' looks at effort of African man to stop killings of ‘mingi’ children
    Video

    Video London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunities

    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
    Video

    Video Recycling Lifeline for Lebanon’s Last Glassblowers

    In a small Lebanese coastal town, one family is preserving a craft that stretches back millennia. The art of glass blowing was developed by Phoenicians in the region, and the Khalifehs say they are the only ones keeping the skill alive in Lebanon. But despite teaming up with an eco-entrepreneur and receiving an unexpected boost from the country’s recent trash crisis the future remains uncertain. John Owens reports from Sarafand.
    Video

    Video Migrants Continue to Risk Lives Crossing US Border from Mexico

    In his speech Thursday before the Republican National Convention, the party’s presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reiterated his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if elected. Polls show a large percentage of Americans support better control of the nation's southwestern border, but as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from the border town of Nogales in the Mexican state of Sonora, the situation faced by people trying to cross the border is already daunting.
    Video

    Video In State of Emergency, Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on Spiritual Movement

    The state of emergency that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared is giving him even more power to expand a purge that has seen an estimated 60,000 people either arrested or suspended from their jobs. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Istanbul.
    Video

    Video Calm the Waters: US Doubles Down Diplomatic Efforts in ASEAN Meetings

    The United States is redoubling diplomatic efforts and looking to upcoming regional meetings to calm the waters after an international tribunal invalidated the legal basis of Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea. VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching has the story.
    Video

    Video Scientists in Poland Race to Save Honeybees

    Honeybees are in danger worldwide. Causes of what's known as colony collapse disorder range from pesticides and loss of habitat to infections. But scientists in Poland say they are on track to finding a cure for one of the diseases. VOA’s George Putic reports.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora