Open Carry Texas was able to obtain an internal memo sent out to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) employees about how they will handle law abiding citizens who choose to open carry a holstered handgun.
The memo explains the law about who can carry to employees and explains that it is legal for passengers to open or conceal carry a handgun in a belt or shoulder holster. However, the policy seems to be designed to inconvenience not only open carriers, but all passengers on a transit system on which a handgun is lawfully carried. In fact, the memo directs its drivers to stop and call police if someone with a holstered handgun boards a DART vehicle.
- Greet them like any other passenger.
- Notify Bus Dispatch/Train Control of the boarding/arrival.
- Follow Bus Dispatch/Train Control instructions before DART Police arrive on scene.
The Memo then says Bus Dispatch/Train Control “will immediately” contact the police and “alert them of the situation.” It goes on to say that “Police will respond,” either DART Police or City Police Departments. After police arrive, the passenger will then “be allowed to arrive” after “everything checks out.” Those passengers carrying concealed “should experience no changes, unless the handgun becomes visible.”
These rules are designed to inconvenience passengers that choose to peacefully exercise their rights to openly display a firearm in a holstered handgun. It is also designed to scare and intimidate passengers who will be on edge when the bus/train is stopped until police arrive to harass the legally armed passenger.
Open Carry Texas vehemently opposes this policy as written and considers it to be nothing more than discrimination and harassment. We will monitor the actual implementation of this policy and determine whether any legal actions need to be taken against DART and its organic Police Department.
Here are some photos of the actual policy: