New year, new laws

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Story by: Chloe Crawford, Social Media Manager

The state of Texas passed a new law regarding firearms on Jan. 1, 2016.

The law states administered gun licenses now allow citizens to practice both concealed carry and open carry. The law also states that individual business owners can decide if their place of business will allow open carry or not.

Many business’ have already announced that they will not allow open carry. To name a few: HEB, Luby’s, AMC Theatre’s, City Centre Mall and Mod Pizza.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says that the requirements for ownership remain the same: 21 years of age, no felony convictions and attendance to firearm safety classes. C.J. Grisham, president of the nonprofit organization Open Carry Texas dedicated to expanding rights for responsible gun ownership, sees this as a victory for the entire state.

“Jan. 1 is just the jumping point for returning the right to keep and bear arms to Texans after almost 150 years,” Grisham said in an interview with the Huffington Post.