Open Carrying/Exposed Firearms Texas imposes a Class A misdemeanor upon any person that openly carries a handgun on or about the person. Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 46.02. The offense becomes a felony of the third degree if the offense is committed on any premises licensed or issued a state permit for the sale of alcoholic beverages. Id. The provision does not apply to certain security officers, to most persons on their own premises or premises under their control, to persons who are "traveling," or to persons who are engaging in (including going to or from) a lawful hunting or sporting activity. Section 46.15. So does this mean I can have it in plain sight if Im driving to a place?