Open carry of handguns will be legal in Texas starting in 2016. The Austin Police Department has been prepping for the fact that, most likely, more people will be carrying holstered guns in public view.

Officer Michael Barker, who briefed the Public Safety Commission yesterday, said APD expects more 9-1-1 calls.

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“There may be times where citizens are not doing anything, they’re just walking down the street,” Barker said. “But somebody sees them open carrying, and they call into 9-1-1.”



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