The open carry of firearms at airports in Texas is now lawful.

The change, enacted on Jan. 1 pursuant to a law passed by the Texas Legislature last year, applies to individuals who obtain a state license to openly carry a handgun in a properly secured shoulder or belt holster. Such license holders can have their guns in public areas of the airport. Those locations include baggage claims, ticket counters, garages and sidewalks or walkways, according to a notice put out by the Houston Airport System last week.

Firearms are not allowed in the portions of Texas airports that are within TSA checkpoints.

Houston’s two commercial airports, George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby, have posted signs informing gun owners of the restrictions that remain in place, Houston Airport System said.

Texas joins Nebraska as the only two states to allow open carrying of firearms in airports, according to a 2015 analysis conducted by the Clark County Prosecutor's Office and posted on the website of the trade organization Airports Council International (ACI). Twenty-four states, including Texas, allow the carrying of concealed weapons within airport terminals, according to the analysis.

The open-carry law’s implementation comes four months after a different Texas law made it more difficult to prosecute individuals who approach airport screening with a handgun in their possession. That law specifies that licensed individuals can avoid arrest if they immediately leave the area upon being told about the weapon.

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