A new Texas law allowing private citizens to openly carry handguns in a hip or shoulder holster goes into effect Jan. 1. This is the first in a series of articles the E-T is running this week about various aspects of the change in state law.

Certified gunsmith and firearms licensing instructor Michael Shumaker, whose shop is located inside Star Arms, says he hasn't seen the new curriculum for teaching classes for obtaining an open carry permit that goes into effect in January.

"We don't have to get a new license to teach for open carry," he said. "They tell me they will be sending us the new curriculum before January 1st, but I haven't seen it yet."

Shumaker, who says he plans to hold his next licensing class in mid-to-late January adds, "I don't think there will be a big change in what we teach now."

The concealed carry class he currently teaches is one-day long and requires students to do a live fire at the range from target distances of 3, 7 and 15 yards.

"It's a fifty-round fire," he said. "And if someone doesn't have a gun, they can use one of mine for that."

Shumaker who not only repairs guns but custom makes them as well, specializes in 1911-style 45-caliber weapons and building bolt-action hunting rifles. He says he builds cutoff single-shot rifles too.

"I also do work − preferably − on the Ruger single-action revolvers."

As for his work ethic, Shumaker says he stands behind his work 100 percent.

"If for some reason the customer isn't satisfied, I want them to bring the gun back and I'll do everything I can to make them happy."

He cautions gun owners to check out their gunsmith thoroughly.

“I like people to know that I have been professionally trained and have a federal firearms license, which I am required to have since I do this for a living,” he said. “I have seen a lot of guns come through here that were on the brink of being destroyed by someone who thought they were a gunsmith and thought they knew what they were doing.”

Shumaker Gun Works is just off the showroom floor at Star Arms, located at 6688 S. Hwy. 377 on the way to Dublin from Stephenville. For more information, call 968-3852.