How Does the New Open Carry Law Affect Your Business or Premises?
PC 30.07 Texas Open Carry law goes into effect January 1, 2016. Texas handgun license holders may not carry open until on or after Jan 1, 2016. PC 30.06 Texas Concealed Carry law is in effect now. PC 30.06 sign requirements have also change in 2015. 30.06 signs will need to be updated.
The following outline of information is posted for your convenience and is not meant to be used as legal advice. For legal advice consult a qualified attorney.
Basics for 30.06 & 30.07 Sign Posting
- Legal signs must be properly posted at each public entrance.
- Signs must be written in English and Spanish with PC 30.06 or PC 30.07 written language.
- Sign letters must be at least one inch in height.
- Sign must be displayed in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public.
- Signs only affect buildings or portion of building. DOES NOT include any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk, or walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area.
- 30.06 Sign means No Concealed Carry Allowed
- 30.07 Sign means No Open Carry Allowed. Effective January 1, 2016
- Both signs must be posted if neither Open Carry nor Concealed Carry are allowed
- If now sign is posted and employer may ask anyone who is carrying a firearm to leave their premises.
- Employer can say No to visitors carrying on their premises. Posted sign required.
- Employer can say No to employees carrying on their premises. Company policy may be verbal or written.
- Employer can say Yes to employees and NO to visitors. Posted sign required.
- Employer can say YES to visitor and employees
Employees Rights To Store Weapon In Vehicle White at Work
Employees have a right to store weapons in their non-company vehicle while at work as long as it is concealed and secured.
Exceptions. Employees may not store in their vehicles at work or carry a handgun on their person at the following locations:
- Vehicle owned or leased by a public or private employer (unless employer allows)
- Schools (unless school allows)
- Private landowners leasing oil, gas, mineral rights (includes land)
- Chemical plants, refineries, utility stations (in the secure areas).
Private employers can still restrict employees and non-employees from carrying on their premises.
Provides immunity for employers from civil liability (except gross negligence) Sec. 52.063