AUSTIN (KXAN) – Police in Central Texas are reporting few issues after the first weekend of Texas allowing concealed handgun license holders to visibly carry holstered guns.
Round Rock Police reported one call about someone openly carrying a gun at an H-E-B on Palm Valley Blvd. A police spokesperson said the department explained to the store personnel that the store needed to have a sign in order to prohibit a concealed handgun license holder from entering the store with a holstered pistol. A spokesperson for H-E-B says the store did have a sign up and the customer left without any problems. A police spokesperson says the department did not receive any additional calls related to open carry.
“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,” reads a statement from H-E-B.
Gun owners carried their firearms at their side on the State Capitol grounds Friday, the first day the new law was in effect. Supporters of open carry at the rally Friday reported their experience with the new law to be a smooth one in the initial hours. The Department of Public Safety is responsible for security at the Capitol grounds and also reports no open carry related incidents.
The Austin Police Department reports it has not received any calls about open carry. The Texas Municipal Police Association’s Executive Director, Kevin Lawrence, also had not heard of any issues this weekend from police departments in the state.
Still, the challenges for police departments and prosecutors could be yet to come.
“Prosecutors have rendered different opinions about what authority police officers have to actually insist that someone who is openly carrying a firearm show that they have a permit, a license,” said Kevin Lawrence, the executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association.
Lawrence says that part of the law could be decided in the courtroom.