Originally Posted by Dan The Man
My wife always worries about someone seeing my CCW. Has anyone ever freaked out because they saw your gun or has an police officer ever confronted you about seeing any part of your pistol. I ask b/c here in TX it is a violation to fail to conceal your weapon.
Check out this web site, #23 specifically.
FAQ about Texas Concealed Handgun License
What does “concealed” mean?
Concealed means that the weapon cannot be visible, and that its presence cannot be discernible through ordinary observation. It is a criminal offense for a license holder to carry a handgun in plain view, or to intentionally fail to conceal the weapon.
And here is the exact law taken frrom:
CHAPTER 46. WEAPONS - Texas Penal Code - Texas Code :: Justia
§ 46.035. UNLAWFUL CARRYING OF HANDGUN BY LICENSE
HOLDER. (a) A license holder commits an offense if the license
holder carries a handgun on or about the license holder's person
under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code,
and intentionally fails to conceal the handgun.
As you can see, in Texas, it is unlawful to intentionally fail to conceal. Incidental and unintentional exposure happens and the Texas legislature took that into account.
Assure your wife that, while you will never intentionally expose your firearm (except for self defense, of course), accidental exposure isn't a crime.
Now, I've never carried in Texas, but I open carry exclusively in Tennessee and Kentucky. Never had a freak out or a "man with a gun" call about me.
And, yes, I carry in cities (Nashville, Louisville, Knoxville, Lexington, Chattanoga). These are places I live and visit for work.