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New handgun law now in effect

Special to the Courier

(Editor's note: On Jan. 1, Texas joined 45 other states that allow individuals licensed to carry handguns to carry them openly.)

House Bill 910, which allows a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to now openly carry a holstered handgun, went into effect Friday, Jan. 1.
The License to Carry (LTC) portion of the DPS website, http://www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/CHL/index.htm, has been updated in several places with information relevant to the new law, including an expanded "Frequently Asked Questions" section, which can be found at http://www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/CHL/faqs/index.htm.
Information about HB 910, including an overview of the legislation and a link to the text of the bill, can be found at http://www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/CHL/Legal/newlegislation.htm.
Additionally, updated instructor resources are available at http://www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/CHL/LicenseRegistration/instrguidepres.htm. Be advised, however, only LTC instructors can access much of this information.
For historical information about handgun licenses, visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/chl/reports/demographics.htm.