As for the effect of passing the law in Texas, the outcome has not been as predicted. One fear expressed by the open carry opponents was the idea that people seeing someone carrying a firearm would panic and call law enforcement. In Tarrant County, which includes the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington, there were no such incidents in January.
In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cpl. Tracey Knight, a spokeswoman for the Fort Worth Police Department, said there have been no issues from her department’s perspective. “We do not have anything interesting to report,” Knight said. “Two calls so far, no issues. We have no concerns and we have had no problems.”
Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson told the Star-Telegram, “I said before this became law that I thought it was going to be much ado about nothing, but I didn’t know it was going to be this much nothing.”