The Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives have both now passed HB910, open carry for Texas Concealed Handgun License holders. Since both passed the bill with the same language, presumably it will now go to the Governor for Greg Abbott’s signature making it law. Gov. Abbott has made clear since day one that he would sign such a bill if it came to his desk. Assuming the House concurs, which is basically a formality and Gov. Abbott does indeed sign it, then the law will take effect Jan. 1st of 2016.
One notable bone of contention in the Senate was a fight over an amendment offered by Sen. Huffines that would bar law enforcement from detaining open carriers simply because they see the holstered weapon without any other probable cause. Sen. Huffines, who also filed a Constitutional carry bill this session, fought long and hard to defend that amendment and the amendment did indeed pass as well. Many gun rights advocates felt that without such protection, CHL holders who did open carry would face what amounted to police harassment for doing so, under the guise of interaction and detention to confirm they did have the license.
More details to come as official notices and journals are posted.