Re: OPEN CARRY IN UNIFORM
Posted by Marty on August 6, 2017, 10:21 am, in reply to "Re: OPEN CARRY IN UNIFORM"
Years ago, in the mid '90's, TDCJ had a policy that allowed a warden to approve for an employee to be qualified with a personal weapon. Once qualified with the weapon they could use it on duty during chases or emergencies, if necessary. I was a sergeant at the time, and was qualified with my Kimber .45. The only time I ever carried it on duty was during one of the hurricanes when we evacuated the unit. A small group of us were left behind to protect the unit, and it's property. Those of us who had qualified with personal weapons were authorized to carry them on duty. The concern was looters. I don't know if that policy still exists, or even if TDCJ would allow it anymore. That was many years ago. |
As far as on/off duty conduct goes, in this case with an LTC an employee wouldn't be violating any laws by open carrying in uniform. The only policy broken to my knowledge would be the uniform policy, as the holster and personal weapon wouldn't be part of your uniform. So, I suppose TDCJ could discipline you for being out of uniform off duty. However, an employee could counter with a grievance saying that such discipline violated their lawful right to self defense with their personal weapon while off duty.
I personally do not like to open carry. However, while in uniform it's a bit more difficult to conceal carry a firearm, especially if your carry gun is too large to pocket carry. And, pocket carry poses it's own set of challenges when trying to draw your weapon if the need arose. Changing to civilian clothes to travel to and from work isn't practical, at least not for most employee's.
So, at this point, it appears that to be on the safe side conceal carry is the best option. Either pocket carry, or using a cover garment that meets uniform policy, would be the most appropriate way to carry.