H-E-B opting out of Open Carry in stores

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The grocery chain H-E-B has chosen to opt out of Open Carry, which is set to begin on January 1st.

The policy, posted on the front doors of some stores, states that a person “may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly.”

While the signs have not been added to Austin stores, an employee told KXAN they plan on putting them up soon. (Photo courtesy of KPRC)
While the signs have not been added at Austin stores, an employee told KXAN they plan on putting them up soon. (Photo courtesy of KPRC)

Privately owned businesses are allowed to decide whether to allow Open Carry on their property. Businesses that sell or serve alcoholic beverages are prohibited to allow rifles and shotguns into their buildings, according to state code. 

H-E-B gave KPRC the following statement regarding their decision:

“As a retailer of alcohol, long guns and unlicensed guns are prohibited on our property under the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission rules. H-E-B maintains the same policy we have for years, only concealed licensed handguns are allowed on our property.”

KXAN has reached out to H-E-B on the policy and is awaiting a response.

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