Charles L. Cotton wrote:If I understand your proposal correctly, i.e. property owners would be able to prohibit open-carry but not concealed-carry, then no, that would never pass. The legislature would never deprive private property owners of the ability to exclude armed CHL's from their own property.
I believe you, but I think this is one of the saddest things about our current climate.
The only way to absolutely prevent CHL carry should be metal detectors. If the property owner can't see the firearm and can't detect the firearm, it's none of his/her business. It's a simplistic analogy, but to me, it's like having a policy against customers wearing green underwear. Unless a business has the means and the will to search every customer, there shouldn't be a trespass law against customers who disregard the store's wishes.
Charles L. Cotton wrote:. . . Also, the legislature would never pass a bill that made no-gun signs ineffective and requiring property owners to ask people to leave before they are subject to a trespass charge. Although this is the way many LEO agencies handle trespass calls, the legislature would never make this statutorily required.
Once again, I believe you, although I might ask you to change from "the legislature" to "this legislature". . . or change "never" to something slightly less than absolute (even if it's a 99.9% chance of not happening).
We can always change our the composure of the legislature. I know, it's a long, slow process, and it's unlikely to move significantly in our direction any time soon. Still, I personally won't stop pressuring my local representatives for these types of scenarios. I know it's probably futile, but these types of measure have passed in other states with strong property-rights sensibilities.
Charles L. Cotton wrote:It will be a challenge to keep TPC §30.06 applicable only to concealed-carry and let any generic "no-guns" signs apply only to open-carry.
This goes a long way towards protecting concealed carry but would effectively reduce open carry to a right to be exercised only on public streets. The "gun busters" signs are pretty much ubiquitous at retail and restaurant establishments. . . at least the chains in the suburbs and cities.
Again, I'm not disagreeing with you. . . I just wish we were truly a conservative state like our neighbor to the north. If the reputation
of Texas among the other states were even marginally true, we wouldn't be all be exerting so much effort in these battles for mere inches at a time.
Thanks again for the work you've done in the fight, Charles.