Open Carry Texas has been dedicated to unlicensed, constitutional carry since our founding. Last session, OCT was instrumental in helping to get HB 195 filed, which was nearly identical to the current HB 375 constitutional carry bill. However, HB 375 had some holes and omissions that needed to be fixed, so we worked closely with Representative Jonathan Stickland, Representative Matt Rinaldi, Lonestar Gun Rights, National Association of Gun Rights, and Texas Firearms Freedom to improve the bill. HB 375 will allow anyone not prohibited from owning a firearm to carry that firearm without a license. Currently 13 states have entrusted their citizens to carry a handgun openly or concealed without a license and another 20 states allow unlicensed open carry of a handgun. Texas is one of only 17 states that requires law abiding citizens to obtain a license to carry a handgun in public.
In an effort to provide full disclosure and transparency to our efforts in the legislature, we are ready to publicly release the final version of our committee substitute which we believe makes HB 375 the strongest and most comprehensive constitutional carry bill filed this session. The committee substitute is available to the public here: 2017 HB 375 Committee Substitute (v1 BWP) (1).
HB 375 is currently scheduled for a hearing in the Homeland Security and Public Safety on March 28, 2017 and we encourage all supporters to arrive early to register for the bill and/or testify.