Right to ‘bare’ arms: Open carry to become Legal in Texas
It’s a prohibition that has lasted since the end of the Civil War, but it will finally come to an end on New Year’s Day: Texas will become the 45th state in the Union to allow the open carry of handguns.
On January 1, in accordance with a law passed in June, the Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) will cease to be issued.
It will be replaced by the License to Carry (LTC) as residents of the Lone Star State renew or apply to carry a weapon. Permits are initially good for four years, and can be renewed for five-year periods afterwards, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.