Non- PermissiveOpen carry of handguns not yet legal in Texas, but individuals with concealed carry licenses will be allowed to openly carry pistols and revolvers starting Jan 1, 2016. Two separate bills to permit licensed open carry effective Jan 1, 2016 (Senate Bill 17 and House Bill 910) have been approved their respective chambers and each are awaiting consideration in the opposite chamber or a House-Senate Conference Committee. Amendments to House Bill 910 were adopted in a House-Senate Conference Committee and approved by both chambers of the Texas Legislature and sent to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature on May 29, 2015. Governor Abbott has indicated he will sign any open carry bill that reaches his desk. Texas law does not prohibit the open carry of long guns in public and provides for preemption of local government firearms law.