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Old December 18, 2011, 07:02 PM   #64
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Join Date: December 8, 2011
Location: Texas
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Whoever gave you that "information" is badly misinformed.

It is absolutely illegal (not just technically illegal) to OC anywhere in TX except in very limited instances**. That has been true for well over a century as nearly as I can tell.

The CHL bill had ZERO effect on the legality (illegality, if you prefer) of OC, its only effect was to legalize CC for license holders. Prior to the CHL bill, there was no legal distinction between OC and CC in the law. The crime was carrying a handgun (an illegal weapon per the TX Penal Code) and it was illegal regardless of how the handgun was carried (openly or concealed) except in very limited instances**.

There are no places where you can legally OC in TX except on private property with the permission of the owner or in other very limited instances, namely, being engaged in **"lawful hunting, fishing, or other sporting activity on the immediate premises where the activity is conducted, or <being> en route between the premises and the actor's residence or motor vehicle, if the weapon is a type commonly used in the activity". (From the TX Penal Code, Sec . 46.15. NONAPPLICABILITY.)
That is an excellent clarification - thank you.
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