Open Carry Law

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On January 1, 2016, Texas became the 45th state to allow licensed handgun owners to openly carry a weapon in most public places. The law requires handguns to be carried in a belt or shoulder holster. There are restrictions on where a license holder can carry their weapon.

This new law will have people asking many questions, especially when they see someone walking around the grocery store or the mall or a restaurant with a gun on their belt. We have set up this site to answer some of the most common questions and to help you better understand this new law.

Lewisville Police Chief Russ Kerbow has taped a message that provides guidance on when or if the police should be called. Lewisville police officers and dispatchers are prepared to help answer your questions if you call them. Before you call 911, consider what the person who is openly carrying a weapon is doing. There are some reasons to call 911 about a weapon holder:
  • If the person has the gun out of its holster
  • If the gun owner seems intoxicated
  • If the gun owner is committing a crime
  • If the gun owner is acting reckless or suspicious
  • If the gun is in a prohibited area

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, there are close to 2,200 registered gun owners in Lewisville. If you are a CHL holder, no new training is necessary and you will receive an upgraded license when it’s time to renew. If you are a business owner, this site also explains the steps you need to take if you do not want weapons on your property.

The most important thing to remember is not to panic when you see a person who is openly carrying a weapon.