What Texas’ Open Carry Law Means for SXSW

By Jenah Forey

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This year South by Southwest goers can expect to see more guns on the street with Texas’ open carry law in effect. The site of guns isn’t a first for the festival, but the law now allows a wider range of firearms so long as they’re holstered.


Although SXSW has a weapons-free policy banning guns from official events, it won’t be applied to people carrying on downtown streets. Based on the law, the Austin Police Department has not changed security plans for the festival. However, they will still respond appropriately to “information that it’s more than someone just openly carrying,” says Chris McIlvain, APD Assistant Chief.


Open Carry Texas members also plan to be present during the festival in attempt to change public opinion around firearms.


Read more about open carry’s effect on SXSW here.