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The state of Texas recently passed a law legalizing the open carry (non-concealed carry) of a handgun without a permit. Even those who are longtime legal gun owners might not realize open carry laws are more common than thought. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes restrictions could exist regarding where you may open carry and that presenting a visible firearm could open the door to other criminal charges.
The Pennsylvania Example
Always know the exact law regarding open carry in the state you reside. Pennsylvania is considered an open carry state, but this is not entirely accurate as two major restrictions exist. Per state law:
Ignorance of the law would not offer any protection upon being arrested for
Possible Additional Charges
Even when your conduct does not violate the open carry laws in your state, publicly displaying a firearm could lead to a run-in with the law. If people noticed you carrying a firearm and called the police, the possibility
Seek a Concealed Carry Permit
Probably the best advice available is to avoid open carrying in public places. Instead, apply for a concealed carry license and restrict your open carrying to areas where doing so won't cause problems.
If you are not sure about open carry laws or need help applying for a concealed carry permit, contact a criminal law firm that specializes in firearm statutes. To learn more about the law, contact someone like