As of January 1, Texas residents with a concealed carry license will be able to open carry – except where prohibited by law. A business wishing to ban open carriers from their premises before they enter must post an official 30.07 sign at all entrances. The sign must be 18″ X 24″ with mandatory text in one-inch letters in both English and Spanish. That’s a huge win for gun rights (so to speak) because . . .
the sign’s size discourages its use. Especially when combined with the equally large concealed carry prohibition signs (as above). Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America of Texas aims to shrink the required signage in the next legislative session. Meanwhile, they have some advice for anti-open carry businesses [via their website]: use non-legal signage. As follows . . .
Beginning on January 1, 2016, it will be legal for people in Texas to carry openly displayed handguns in public. But as the owner or manager of private property, you still have the right to keep guns out of your business and provide your customers with a comfortable, safe environment.
If you post this sign in a conspicuous place at each entrance to your property, it will be illegal for people to bring openly carried handguns onto the property.
Instructions for Signage
- This sign, known as a “30.07 sign” after the section number of the law creating it, will legally prohibit people from carrying handguns openly at your establishment.
- Print this at poster size – at least 18 inches by 24 inches. It must be at least that large because the law requires the lettering to be one inch tall.
- Post the sign at each entrance to the business, in a place that is clearly visible to the public.
Note that this sign will only keep license holders from openly carrying handguns onto your property. If you wish to prohibit concealed carry of handguns, you must also post this sign in the same manner described above.
If you find that the prescribed sign is too large or burdensome to post, you have other options.
- You can post a smaller sign of your own design stating that openly carried guns (or, if you wish, guns in general) are prohibited.
- This sort of sign will not legally prohibit people from bringing handguns into your establishment—but it will convey your preferred policy to responsible gun owners.
- If someone ignores your sign and carries an openly displayed gun into your establishment, you can tell them that you do not allow guns in your establishment, at which point they will be legally obligated to leave.
You can read the text of the open carry law, 2015 HB 910, here.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected].