A key issue in drafting open-carry legislation has been the need to preserve the protections found in Tex. Penal Code §30.06. This section of the Penal Code was created in 1997 as part of HB2909 and it has been providing much needed protection for Texas gun owners for eighteen years. It does so in part by requiring the use of specific wording on signs used by property owners wishing to prohibit Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHL) from entering their property with a self-defense handgun.
When you say “It’s all or nothing” you usually get the “nothing” part! Charles L. Cotton
Operating successfully in the political/legislative arena requires experience, insight, finesse, maturity and a statesmanlike approach. Actually, these characteristics serve one well in all aspects of life. Most people learned as a child that when you take the approach that “I will be satisfied only if you give me everything I want,” you usually got nothing. Those who do not learn that lesson early in life do not tend to fare well in business, marriage, parenthood, or just about any other relationship where people have differing desires and values.
Senator Brian Birdwell has filed SB11 that will allow Texas Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) to carry self-defense handguns everywhere on the campus of public and private colleges and universities. (CHLs can currently carry everywhere on any school campus, except inside buildings and on activity grounds when a school-sponsored activity is ongoing.) A campus-carry bill has been filed every legislative session since 2009 and each bill has been opposed by people willing to outright lie about conditions on campuses throughout Texas and even the nation.