Author Topic: Open Carry Rifle  (Read 4263 times)

Balfy

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Open Carry Rifle
« on: April 02, 2014, 11:47:13 PM »
I am going to a open carry Rally in Alvin this Saturday. Mr. Walker is one of the guest speakers.
What are the laws of open carry?
Magazine in or out? Chambered or not? Bolt open or closed? Slung on back?
Really trying to get info on how to open carry without have a CJ  Grissum incident.
Are members covered by TLS if they are unlawfully arrested?

Thank you
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Re: Open Carry Rifle
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2014, 02:37:18 PM »
Well, with regard to the open carrying of rifles and shotguns, there are no rules. The gun can be loaded or unloaded, bolt closed or open, etc., however you want.

Unfortunately the police are misinterpreting and misusing a provision of the Texas Penal Code designed to prevent people from using deadly weapons to scare others. This provision is the Texas Disorderly Conduct statute which states that it is unlawful to display a deadly weapon in a manner calculated to alarm.

This means that in order to avoid being accused of this, you should carry the firearm in the safest manner possible, which usually involves carrying it on a sling without your hands being near the trigger and especially not in a manner that could be interpreted as pointing it at somebody.

Hope that helps.
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Balfy

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Re: Open Carry Rifle
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014, 08:00:06 PM »
Thank you for response. Question did have a last part. Are TLS members covered if arrested for lawful carry?

Thanks again.
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Re: Open Carry Rifle
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2014, 10:11:54 AM »
We are more than happy to cover TLS members who are arrested for lawful open carry. However, be careful about two things:

1) If a property owner asks you to leave the property due to the presence of your firearm, you must leave or face the possibility of a criminal trespassing charge, in which case you will not be covered.

2) As said in the previous post, avoid pointing your firearm at people, places, etc., as there is no coverage for incidents where the individual has done so in a manner calculated to alarm without legal justification. We have many open carry cases so we are certainly no stranger to the myriad of criminal charges that can come from lawful open carry, and we'll be more than glad to represent anyone who is unlawfully arrested for their legal open carry.

Thanks for the question Balfy.
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Re: Open Carry Rifle
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2014, 03:10:29 PM »
Thank you for the response and clarification. Certainly enjoy the advantages of being a Texas Law Shield member.
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Re: Open Carry Rifle
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2014, 10:24:05 AM »
You're certainly welcome. That's what we're here for.
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