A few days ago, a small group of protesters gathered outside of the Houston Zoo to complain about the City of Houston’s order that unenforceable “no guns” signs be removed. These signs purported to be posted in compliance with Tex. Penal Code Section 30.06, but there’s a catch. Section 30.06(e) clearly states that such signs are unenforceable when posted on property owned or leased by a governmental entity or agency. (Section 30.06(e) was enacted in 2003.) Therefore, it has been perfectly legal for Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) to carry their self-defense handguns in the Houston Zoo for over twelve years.
As of Sept. 1, 2015, governmental agencies and entities face stiff fines for every unenforceable Tex. Penal Code §30.06 sign they post. Each sign and each day the sign(s) is/are posted constitutes a separate violation. This new law is found in Tex. Gov’t Code §411.209 and there are specific notice requirements that must be met in order to file a complaint with the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Although the Code is silent as to what documentation must be provided in the notices, a recommended procedure is set out below. If possible, take all digital photographs on a camera or device that includes the date on the image. Be sure the date set in the camera is correct.
Plans have been in the works for several months concerning three new grassroots initiatives to get more people into the so-called “gun community” and to get inactive gun owners involved in shooting in some fashion. Here are the details of this 2-prong approach.
There is a very large segment of our population that typically has little if any positive exposure to firearms, much less the opportunity to learn and safely use firearms for sporting or self-defense purposes. In Texas and throughout the south, this tends to be low income neighborhoods where residents come in contact with guns only when they are victimized. This must change.