I suspect that this topic has been discussed many times on this forum, however; I couldn't find the topic or the answer to my question.
Here's my question;
I was having a conversation with another CHL holder about "open carry" in Texas and it's his interpretation of the law that you can open carry "outside" of your house provided you are on your own property (i.e. mowing the lawn, washing the car, piddling in the garage, etc, etc,) and at your job if the employer requires it even though you are not a LEO or certified security guard.
It is my interpretation of the law that as a CHL holder, regardless if you are on your own property and outside of the house, open carry is prohibited. I base that interpretation on a discussion I had with a Houston LEO and he responded by saying a Concealed Handgun License is just that, "Concealed ... and "Concealed means Concealed". In other words, no you cannot open carry while outside your house using the examples I gave above.
Of course if you're out hunting with a shotgun, rifle or bow, that's different ... but even then it is my interpretation that concealed and open carry of a pistol is illegal when hunting.
Concerning the issue of an employer requiring an employee to "open carry" without the proper credentials (i.e. LEO, or properly trained and certified Security Officer) it is my understanding that that, too, is prohibited.
The person I was having this discussion with said that he recently applied for a part time position at a local gun shop and they required that he open carry. I've never heard of this and I've never noticed any employees at the gun stores I've been too openly carrying a pistol.
Having just received my CHL, I'm relatively new to this, so any input would be appreciated.