Handguns and Healthcare What Texas Providers Should Know

Houston Medical Times

Mark S. Armstrong, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Houston office, authored an article in the Houston Medical Times titled “Handguns and Healthcare What Texas Providers Should Know.”

Following is an excerpt:

Effective January 1, 2016, holders of a handgun license in Texas may openly carry a handgun that is secured in a shoulder or belt holster. The “Open Carry Law” (HB 910) authorizes individuals who have obtained a handgun license to openly carry a handgun in the same places that allow the licensed carrying of a concealed handgun, with some exceptions. Although nursing homes and most hospitals are exempt from this law, the law generally authorizes handguns (openly or concealed) in other health care facilities, including, but not limited to, physician offices, clinics, pharmacies, clinical laboratories, dialysis facilities, and infusion clinics.

Health care providers, like other business owners, who want to prohibit the carrying of a concealed handgun on their private business property may do so orally or with written documentation, such as a card or other document, or by posting a sign that reads:

“Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun.”