With the new Texas Open Carry law going into effect on January 1, 2016, the Houston Police Department is hosting an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (November 4) to answer citizen questions about the new law.

The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Learning Development Center at 4501 Leeland. Free parking is available on site.

HPD Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. speaks on the goals of this meeting on the HPD YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtK86podNZw.

Chief McClelland will be joined by City Attorney Donna Edmundson and Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson in a panel discussion about the new law.

The Open Carry law will allow a license holder to “open carry” a holstered handgun.

HPD will live-stream the meeting on the HPD YouTube channel.

For more information, contact the HPD Public Affairs Office at 713-308-3200 or go to the HPD website to view and print a flyer on the meeting at http://www.houstontx.gov/police/pdfs/Open-Carry-Info-Flyer.pdf


  1. byron schirmbeck November 2, 2015 10:56 pm 

    Interesting the chief wants to hold a public meeting on the policies. I did a FOIA request on these guidelines and what the DA told them and they are fighting my request with the AG. It sounds to me based on previous comments the chief is looking for legal reasons to stop someone lawfully carrying.

  2. byron schirmbeck November 3, 2015 10:09 am 

    Right Marie, and law enforcement groups all across Texas pounded the senate against the Dutton/Huffines amendment that would have codified their intent and the Senate backed down saying it wasn’t needed. Now several law officers are saying they can and will stop people and demand a license solely for the act of open carrying. It’s going to set up a collision of well established 4th amendment rights and their intent. Texas law also says you are not required to ID unless you are being arrested. There will be people that are going to test this and subsequent lawsuits.

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