The Texas Legislature recently passed HB 1927, the permitless carry bill, which went into effect on September 1, 2021. HB 1927 impacts the gun signage requirements and options for many restaurants and bars.
For bars/restaurants that (1) derive 51% or more of their income from on-premise alcohol sales AND (2) do not have a food and beverage certificate:
- The red 51% sign from TABC remains and should be posted at each entrance.
- With the posting of the 51% sign, all firearms will continue to be prohibited on the property, with criminal penalties to enforce the ban.
For all other bars and restaurants, the choice of guns on premises is up to the discretion of the business.
- The "blue sign" has gone away and there is no weapon signage required by TABC.
- These restaurants/bars and other private businesses may still prohibit guns on their private property using signage, notes, or verbal warnings.
A restaurant/bar that isn’t required to post the red 51% sign and that wants to enforce a gun ban with criminal trespass penalties may use one or more of the signs from Penal Code Sections 30.05, 30.06, and 30.07, described below. Each of these signs only applies to a specific type of handgun carrying (licensed v. unlicensed; open v. concealed), and so a business may need to post more than one sign to enforce their desired policy. Alternatively, one of these restaurants/bars may use its own sign to prohibit guns, but in this scenario, criminal penalties likely will not attach until the person with a gun is given a direct verbal or written warning.
30.05 - PROHIBIT ALL UNLICENSED CARRY
A business posting this sign will prohibit unlicensed people from carrying a firearm in an open or concealed manner. The sign must be printed so that the letters are at least 1 inch in height, and it must be displayed in a conspicuous manner at each entrance.
30.06 – PROHIBIT LICENSED, CONCEALED CARRY
A business posting this sign will prohibit licensed people from carrying a concealed handgun. The sign must be printed so that the letters are at least 1 inch in height, and it must be displayed in a conspicuous manner.
30.07 - PROHIBIT LICENSED, OPEN CARRY
A business posting this sign will prohibit licensed people from openly carrying a handgun. The sign must be printed so that the letters are at least 1 inch in height, and it must be displayed in a conspicuous manner at each entrance.
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