Police brace for 911 calls as open carry starts across Texas

stock-photo-1995083-texas-state-flagBy NAOMI MARTIN nmartin@dallasnews.com Staff Writer
Published: 23 December 2015 11:32 PM
Updated: 26 December 2015 11:30 AM
Police across Texas are bracing for a spike in 911 calls when the state’s open carry law takes effect Jan. 1 and panicked citizens start seeing handguns on people’s hips.

“For a while we’ll be in a transition period, but it’s something everyone’s going to have to get used to,” said Lt. Pedro Barineau, a Garland police spokesman.

Police will have to contend with the law’s gray areas that experts say will have to be settled in court. The law is unclear, for example, on when officers can demand to see a gun owner’s license or whether they can arrest people who refuse to show the license.

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