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Texas Open Carry Laws: Failure to ID (Part 2)

A question our office routinely encounters regarding Texas Open Carry laws is whether a Texas License to Carry (LTC) holder is legally required to present their LTC upon request by law enforcement or a magistrate.  The answer, though definitive, is complex with legislative history and potential legal pitfalls, especially since Texas Open Carry laws took effect in 2016. First, there …

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Self-Defense Shooting: What to Do After Pulling the Trigger

Best Case Scenario – The police believe your story, send the case to the district attorney, and the district attorney’s office declines to prosecute the case.  Furthermore, the perpetrator’s family does not pursue civil action against you. Worst Case Scenario – The police don’t believe your story, you say things to the police while in custody that work against your claim of …

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The Basics of Texas Open Carry

I realize that this should have been my first article on Texas open carry laws, and for that, I apologize.  But I’m a believer of “better late than never,” so here is my explanation of the basics of the new Texas open carry laws. Until January 1, 2016, Subchapter H, Chapter 411 of the Texas Government Code governed the licensing …

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Texas Penal Code 30.06 / Texas Penal Code 30.07

  Since it first took effect in 1997, Texas Penal Code § 30.06 has provided property owners with a means to prevent Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders from carrying concealed weapons on their property, and created criminal penalties for CHL holders who disregard proper notice that carrying weapons is prohibited.  Texas penal code 30.07 Prior to January 1, 2016, a CHL …