FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/19/2015
Phelan Stands for Second Amendment, Joint Authors Open Carry
State Representative Dade Phelan has filed to joint author House Bill 164 which would allow licensed open carry in the State of Texas. The legislation will amend the Code of Criminal Procedure to permit holders of concealed handguns licenses to have the option to carry a handgun openly. House Bill 164 also adds the 30.07 requirement that protects private property rights as well as CHL friendly businesses that may not prefer open carry in their business but do allow concealed carry.
Forty-four states currently have laws allowing a person to carry a handgun openly. Texas, New York, Illinois, South Carolina, Florida, and California are the only six remaining states that have refrained from passing open carry legislation.
“We must protect the liberties of law abiding citizens and private property owners in this state while expanding Texan’s Second Amendment rights”, said Phelan. “H.B. 164 accomplishes those goals while keeping the integrity of our current concealed handgun law.”