Open carry passes Texas legislature; Governor expected to sign into law Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Surrounding Areas on May 31, 2015 by Publisher Texas Governor Greg AbbottAUSTIN — The Texas House and Senate passed an open carry bill Friday that allows gun owners who obtain a license to openly carry handguns."Open Carry just passed in both the Texas House & Senate. Next destination: My Pen," Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote on Twitter shortly after the bill passed.If signed by Abbott, the law will take effect in January 2016.The House passed the bill on a 102-42 vote and the Senate followed with a 20-11 vote to send the bill to Abbott's desk.Applicants at least 21 years of age must pass a background check, written exam and shooting test to obtain a license.Open carry of rifles and shotguns has long been legal in Texas without a license requirement. This bill now allows the open carrying of hanguns, but with a license.Gun owners who choose to carry handguns concealed will still be permitted to do so as long as they have a concealed handgun license. Texas passed the concealed carry law in 1995. You may also be interested in readingGovernor Abbott to refuse Syrian refugees relocating to TexasTexas House approves state budgetGovernor Abbott proposes amendments to U.S. ConstitutionGovernor Abbott takes action to combat illegal border crossingsGov. Abbott declares State of Disaster in Texas countiesTexas governor authorizes National Guard to carry guns on baseGovernor Abbott signs $4 billion tax relief billTexas included in potential terrorist threat before TuesdayTemporary agreement reopens horse racing tracksTexas Attorney General launches investigation into Planned Parenthood ← Waxahachie PD reminds residents of youth curfewOvilla homeowner shoots neighbor breaking into home → You must log in to post a comment.