Private property or semi-private property, you can’t have it both ways.
In terms of real property, most people would agree that private property can be subdivided into two subcategories; 1) property owned solely for personal use such as one’s home or lake house; and 2) property used for business purposes such as a store, auto repair shop or movie theater. Texas has a long standing tradition of providing sweeping protection to owners of private use property, while allowing greater regulation of property held for business purposes. The rationale is that the government should have minimal control over a citizen’s use of real property that they purchased with their own money and on which they pay taxes to multiple taxing authorities. Texans jealously guard “private property rights” and rightfully so.
Self-defense is a statewide constitutional issue, not a local issue.
Two “gun bills” were the subject of a public hearing on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in the Senate State Affairs Committee. SB11 is this session’s campus-carry bill and SB17 a/k/a SB346 would allow people with a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to carry their self-defense handgun either openly or concealed. It was a very long day for everyone and the testimony was pretty much what one would expect. This article will address only SB11, campus-carry.
Many issues are best left to the Texas Legislature.
Texas gun owners have enjoyed a strong preemption law that prohibits cities and counties from regulating most aspects of gun ownership and usage. The preemption law was first passed in 1987 and it has been improved periodically over the years. Freshman Senator Don Huffines has filed SB343 that will extend this concept so that Texans are protected from all patchwork, conflicting regulations that make it quite easy to unintentionally violate a local ordinance or regulation. While SB343 is not directly related to firearms, it is much-needed protection for Texans and some of the regulations it would prevent are at least tangentially related to guns.