The Houston Livestock and Rodeo announced it will ban concealed and open carry of handguns by private citizens inside the complex for the 2016 season.
A statement released by the organization explains the move is in an effort to provide a safe environment for families.
“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, in an effort to provide a safe environment and promote a family-friendly atmosphere at the city’s iconic entertainment event, will prohibit concealed and open carry of handguns by private citizens at the 2016 Show,”
Open carry went into effect on January 1st and it allows licensed handgun carriers to openly wear guns in public and private places if those establishments allow it.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Rodeo Houston began banning open carry and concealed handguns in 2015, but this year will be different. “This year they will use magnetometers not unlike what is used at Houston Texans games to check for prohibited items.”
The Houston Livestock and Rodeo join The Houston Zoo in banning weapons in their businesses in an effort to provide a fun and safe environment for families.