Here in Texas, according to a new law that went into effect Jan. 1,  those who hold a concealed weapons license in Texas may now openly carry holstered handguns.

However private businesses — which includes most non-profit arts organizations and venues — can prohibit guns if they display approved signs.

In fact many arts venues are already weapon-free.

The Long Center for the Performing Arts, the Paramount and Stateside theaters and the Vortex theater, are among those whose on-site alcohol sales already made them weapons-free properties.

The Contemporary Austin has long banned weapons at both its Laguna Gloria site and its downtown Jones Center.

Although on the University of Texas campus, the Blanton Museum of Art has an exemption from gun laws governing state university campuses because of the museum’s regular programming and events for children and youth.

The following is a working list arts venues opting out of open carry laws, informing visitors with the proscribed signage.

If your arts venue would like to be added to our list, email us at

Blanton Museum of ArtContemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria and the Jones CenterLong Center for the Performing ArtsParamount and Stateside theatersVortex theater

See our What you need to know about Texas’ open carry law.

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